Two new leases signed recently will add to Stamford's growing array of lifestyle options according to Signature Group, the Darien full service commercial real estate firm that represented the tenants.
Professional ballroom dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani, all cast members of Dancing With the Stars, along with other partners, have leased 6042 square feet of space at 20 Summer Street for the fourth in their New York-area chain of Dance With Me, LLC dance studios. Entrepreneur Conor Horrigan will open Stamford's only production micro-brewery, Half Full Brewery, in 5280 square feet at 43 Homestead Avenue in the South End. The brewery will include a tasting room and will offer tours of the facility.
In the transactions, Signature Group President Bob Gillon represented Dance With Me, LLC (Dance With Me) and 20 Summer Street owner West Park Stamford provided its own representation. Signature Group Vice President Mark Jacobs represented Hall Full Brewery. Property owner Alex Goldblum of Goldblum Properties represented his firm.
Dance With Me will bring a world class dance, culture and fitness option to downtown Stamford in an elegant environment. Instructors are accomplished, internationally-known dancers trained by Maksim, Tony and other world-renowned coaches. They are also selected for their ability to bring out the best in Dance With Me students. The partners selected Stamford for its diversity and demographics, having become acquainted with the city over 15 years of attending dance competitions here. The studio will provide an array of services including:
Private instruction for aspiring competitive dancers, to wedding couples, to singles, to those who just want to develop confidence and have fun on the dance floor; group classes in all of the ballroom dance styles; Zumba dance fitness classes; kids' classes and dance showcases and competitions.
"Ballroom dancing is a wonderful relaxation in a stressful world. Our philosophy is to share our skills generously with our students to help them reach their personal goals. We are thrilled to be adding a new dimension to the downtown Stamford lifestyle," Dance With Me partners said.
Half Full Brewery is the creation of entrepreneur and optimist Conor Horrigan, a native of Litchfield, who fell in love with Stamford's coastal lifestyle and growing vitality as a place that would support his product. After an early career in financial services on Wall Street, he earned an MBA at UConn in preparation for pursuing his vision to create and produce a line of artisanal beers in and for Stamford. His plan is to focus intently on building the beer culture into the Stamford-area through its bars, restaurants and stores and eventually expand to the rest of Fairfield County and surrounding counties.
"Beer is social and brings people together," Horrigan said. "It's experiential. You drink a beer and it reminds you of certain experiences in your life. In addition to our signature beers, we're looking forward to creating seasonal offerings that capture the essence of these experiences."
The company tagline is, "Look forward to more..."
Though Horrigan, who spent time brewing professionally at Woodbridge-based New England Brewing, will be involved with brewing beers that he has developed, he is bringing a brewmaster on board to lead the brewing operations. The flagship brews will be a pale ale, a bright ale and an India pale ale. Other recipes that have been developed and are expected to be offered seasonally are an Espresso Chocolate Stout and a brown ale. Horrigan expects to develop other beers as well.
"It's exciting to see the continuing and growing interest in Stamford as a place to locate for business and lifestyle," Signature Group President Bob Gillon said. "Fairfield County's cities are attracting tenants from across the region and beyond."
Signature Group offers a comprehensive menu of services including office and retail leasing, property management, cost segregation studies, investment sales, and mortgage brokerage. For more information, call 203-655-1414 or visit www.signatureg.com.