By Dirk Perrefort
The News-Times, Danbury, Conn.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) After a career in the mortgage industry, Dalia Simoes decided to take a stab at female business ownership. This mompreneur has launched a unique play center which includes a variety of stations, such as a grocery store, a veterinarian’s office, a workshop, a beauty salon and even a diner where kids can put their imagination to work.
While staying home with her three young children a few years back, local entrepreneur Dalia Simoes discovered that there wasn’t much do to in the area with her kids in the afternoon.
Simoes, who had decided to put her career in the mortgage industry aside to stay home with her kids, said there were plenty of activity centers in the region designed for older, school-aged children, but nothing that was exclusively geared for the under-5 crowd. So she decided to create her own. About three years ago Simoes opened Tot Town, which sits off Federal Road about half a mile north of Costco.
“Little kids always love doing the activities they see their parents involved in,” she said. “My idea was to bring a little town designed just for young children indoors.”
The play center includes a variety of stations, such as a grocery store, a veterinarian’s office, a workshop, a beauty salon and even a diner where kids can put their imagination to work. The center also includes an indoor playground as well as a snack room and an arts and crafts room and offers customized party packages.
“There really are a lot of great areas for imaginative play,” said Cindy Capizzi, a Brookfield resident who regularly brings her two young daughters to Tot Town. “The girls really love it here.”
Unlike other centers in the area, Capizzi said she loves Tot Town because she knows her children won’t get “run over” by older children.