In Weston, there's no business like a home business

Marina Marchese operates Red Bee Honey from her Weston home.

Marina Marchese operates Red Bee Honey from her Weston home.

Weston is a great place to live, and it’s also a great place to work.

Looking at the size of Weston Shopping Center, the town’s only retail district, there are only a handful of shops. So, it may not seem like there is much business going on in Weston.

But there’s a lot more going on in town than meets the eye.

There are about 270 home businesses in Weston, according to Ken Whitman, the town’s tax assessor. That means about 8.5% of the town’s 3,200 residences, have a business operating out of them.

There are many varied occupations found in a Weston home business, including lawyers, IT support, insurance agents, counselors, real estate agents, public relations agents, hedge fund operators, book publishers, artists, writers, actors, singers, filmmakers, photographers, tutors, construction workers, musicians, jewelry designers, chocolatiers, farmers, and beekeepers.

Comfort

A number of Weston professionals have found that working from the comfort of their homes, rather than at an outside office, has its advantages.

Peter Catucci, a member of the Weston Commission for the Arts, has operated Rock Wall Studios, a recording studio, in the basement of his Weston home for about 20 years.

Peter Catucci

Peter Catucci

A musician, Mr. Catucci plays bass guitar and is a vocalist in the band KillSmith, which features drummer Neal Smith from the original Alice Cooper group.

He primarily uses the studio to make KillSmith CDs. “Being able to record music at my home has been really good for me. Recording studios are very expensive, and can cost $85 to $100 an hour. At home, I can take my time with things,” he said.

Another person who uses her home as a studio is Jodi Stevens, a singer and actress, who works both at home and on the outside. She is a member of the faculty at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, and next month is performing in the Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s production of Hairspray.

She also has a private home studio in Weston, where she teaches acting and voice. “Working at home allows me to care for my family. That’s a priority for me,” she said.

Aline Weiller has found that working at home gives her flexibility. She has operated Wordsmith, LLC, a public relations and marketing business, from her Weston home for the past three years. “I love working from home. I am my own boss and it’s very convenient,” she said.

On the downside, she said, sometimes working at home can be a solitary experience. “I’m a people person and an extrovert, so I go out when I can,” she said.

Business

From his home, Richard Frisch provides IT support for small businesses and municipalities with his business RHFTech. “This is so much fun. I get to play with toys all day,” he said.

Bruce Ando runs his photography business from his Weston home.

Bruce Ando runs his photography business from his Weston home.

For 30 years, Mr. Frisch worked in corporate America as an executive in financial services. When he retired in 2003, he started doing IT computer support for the fun of it.

“For most people work is a job, but this isn’t work for me. This is my passion. I love working out of my home. The commute couldn’t be better,” he said.

In his spare time, Mr. Frisch is the general manager of Weston Government TV Channel 79.

Businessman Curtis Gunn works at home as an independent long-term care insurance agent for ACSIA. “I help people protect their assets and independence and maintain their quality of life so they aren’t a burden to their loved ones,” he said.

He said he likes having a home office because it gives him good contact with his customers.

Craig Cohen, a Weston attorney, said working from home gives him the flexibility to balance the need to make a living and his personal life.

Sacred haven

Marina Marchese, owner of Red Bee Honey, whose products are sold locally and at specialty stores such as Williams Sonoma, calls her Weston home business a “sacred haven.”

She has a large number of beehives on her property, as well as chickens and a garden. “I just love working at home and working for myself. I don’t think I could ever have a ‘regular’ job,” she said.

Deirdre Doran

Deirdre Doran

From her desk in her cottage, she can watch the bees go from flower to flower, and her plants grow. “It’s quiet, beautiful, and so convenient. We have everything here,” she said.

Deirdre Doran, a tutor who operates The Write Mentor, also finds her home a sacred haven.

She said it provides a comfortable environment for the high school and college students she helps with course work and college applications. “The benefit from working at home for me is it is easy for families to bring their children here,” she said.

She is also a screenwriter, which she can do easily from her home office. “I don’t believe there are any disadvantages to working at home,” she said.

Hilary Berger

Hilary Berger

Hilary Berger, a career counselor and founder of Work Like A Mother career transition services, has been working at home for many years.

She said one of the benefits of working and living in Weston is having an inviting home for her clients. “They enjoy my office and the environment here,” she said

It also gives her the ability to manage her own schedule and be accessible to her children. “I can be home when I need to be home with them,” she said.

Double duty

Stephan Grozinger, an attorney, and his wife Claire Ingram, a photographer, both work out of their Weston home.

Stephan Grozinger

Stephan Grozinger

Mr. Grozinger left a large law firm, and has worked as a solo practitioner in his home for more than a decade. “I think I was on the cutting edge of lawyers that were doing this. At the time, I didn’t know anyone else who did it,” Mr. Grozinger said.

With the advent of computers and Internet access to law libraries, he said, running a professional law office at home is fairly easy. “It also affords me to spend quality time with my family,” he said.

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