Customer Stories

Small business owners take many leaps of faith in the course of running their business. Eileen O’Connor Kaminski took that leap, and landed in the heart of a local treasure. While her title says owner, Eileen feels like she shares LaSalle Market and Deli in Collinsville, CT, with the entire community, including her husband, four children and their growing families. But you don’t need to be a relat…

Dance has been in Jen Turey’s heart and soul since she was seven years old. As the owner of Dance Etc. School for Performing Arts in Newtown, CT, the former Radio City Music Hall Rockette and professional dancer has grown her business to four spaces, which today support over 300 students across the local community. Jen and her team instill lessons about teamwork, commitment through learning and th…

There aren’t many businesses that can say they are in their fifth generation. For John Koster, president of Koster Keunen Manufacturing, located in Watertown, CT, there is a sense of responsibility to make it to the sixth and seventh generations. Established by newlyweds Johanna Keunen and Bernhard Koster in Holland in 1852, Koster Keunen has been a world leader in natural wax for over 160 years. …

Washington Supply Company has been a building supply and information center in northwestern Connecticut since 1893.  Evolving with the times, it’s grown from a supplier of feed and grain, to lumber and hardware, to an outdoor living retailer.  Just over nine years ago, a group of employees bought the business with the financial support of Union Savings Bank.  Those owners/employees are President V…

South Farms, in Morris, CT, has been in general manager Ben Paletsky’s family for generations.  Started as a dairy farm in the early 50’s, Paletsky has upended the original dairy farm with a vision to redefine New England agriculture. To support that vision, Paletsky needed a partner, not just a lender, so he turned to Union Savings Bank, where he has had a long term relationship.
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Christmas tradition at the home of Chris Ann and Michael Allen, owners of Danbury Square Box Company, means throwing out the present and looking at the box to see how it was constructed.  (Yes, that’s a family joke).   Danbury Square Box has been supplying the Danbury businesses and industries and surrounding communities since 1906.  They have been a financial customer of Union Savings Bank for de…

Angelo DaCunha, owner of Connecticut’s Brookfield Cleaners and Tailors, won best dressed in high school. Seems like winning best dressed played a little bit as to why he’s been in the dry cleaning business since he was 16, and ultimately purchased the dry cleaner business in 1991. DaCunha and Union Savings Bank have been banking and financial partners for over 30 years.  DaCunha has grown the busi…