9/12/2017 - Town Assists Business Venture

The Fairfield Department of Community & Economic Development is pleased to announce its latest micro-enterprise assistance grant awarded to Vertical Addiction located in Suite M within the Fairfield Sportsplex at 85 Mill Plain Road. The grant will enable Vertical Addiction to purchase equipment and cover tenant fit-up and marketing costs associated with its new business location in Fairfield.

Vertical Addiction ( is Connecticut’s premier aerial fitness studio that provides a range of aerial fitness classes, parties, private workshops and charity events in a friendly and supportive environment. The Fairfield studio is owner Ashley Popoli’s second location in Connecticut. Her original location, Vertical Addiction Stamford, has been in business since 2012, and has been recognized as Top Small Studio in New England in 2013 and Top Large Studio in New England the following year.

Vertical Addiction will be hosting a special open house this Saturday, September 18th, at their Fairfield location, beginning at 9:00 A.M., during which free 45-minute demonstration classes will be offered. Advance registration required at

With a background in competitive gymnastics, Ms. Popoli has been teaching pole fitness for the past seven years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, graduating with honors in 2008. She also holds certifications in flexibility, fly-gym and personal training.

The Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is intended to provide entrepreneurs with training, technical assistance, and startup capital in order to create and sustain viable and productive small businesses in Fairfield. The program seeks to strengthen and enhance these small businesses, with the ultimate goal of increasing employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a recognized form of commercial enterprise that employs five or fewer employees, have its primary operations in Fairfield, and be current on all tax obligations. Since the inception of the program, the Town has assisted more than forty small businesses.

“We’re delighted to be of assistance, and always excited to welcome new business to Fairfield,” stated Mark Barnhart, Director of the Department of Community & Economic Development. “Small businesses such as Vertical Addiction have long been the backbone of our economy, and the Micro-Enterprise Program has been a very useful tool in our small business development strategy,” he added. Ms. Popoli remarked, “We’re very happy with the support that we have received from the Town. We look forward to serving the greater Fairfield community for many years to come.”

For more information on the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program, contact the Department of Community & Economic Development at (203) 256-3120.

Picture caption: Vertical Addiction Manager Trevor Crow joins Owner Ashley Popoli and Director of Community & Economic Development Mark Barnhart.