Natalie Testa: Owner, Ragtime Boutique, Watertown

Last Updated Jul 2010


Natalie is the owner of a 26 year old business, Ragtime Boutique in Watertown, which she purchased in 1999. Her business serves as the offcial wardrobe sponsor to Miss Connecticut to whom she has donated several gowns and outfits throughout the year as well as helping to prepare Miss Connecticut for the Miss America Pageant.

She served as the business manager to Miss Connecticut from 2003 to 2005 and continues to serve as the official Miss Connecticut spokesperson for Chaz and A.J in the morning on 99.1 WPLR. She volunteers throughout the year to collect used prom dresses for girls affliated with Waterbury Youth Services for their "Perfect Prom Project." In 2008, she helped to make the dreams of more than 40 girls come true, providing them with dresses for their proms. For the past two years, she also collected used prom dresses for girls who were victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Her business was voted “Best on a Budget” for bridal wear in New England by The Knot magazine and "Best Prom Dress" for 2008 by the The Waterbury Observer.

Natalie graduated from NVCC’s predecessor, Mattatuck Community College, in 1990 with an associate of science in marketing. While at the College, she served as president of the Marketing Club and was the Northwest Regional Director of the Connecticut Student Association. As a director, she represented the College in Washington, D.C., lobbying for student Pell grants. She was nominated by Bill Polvent of the College and published in Who's Who of American Junior Colleges in 1990. She completed her college education, graduating from Teikyo Post University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion and merchandising. Natalie is also the recipient of the “Recognition of Service” award in 2005 given by the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization.

Prior to opening her own business, she was assistant manager of Talbot’s while attending college and worked for Uni/Temps Uni/Search Human Resources as a temporary and permanent placement specialist. She was a product manager and liaison to the Walt Disney Company for the Waterbury Garment Corporation.

She also participated in the College’s Kids on Campus program, supervising the fashion classes for the one-week term held for children in grades 4 through 10. She enjoys tap dancing at the Performer’s Edge in Watertown and rides her own custom Harley-Davidson Sportster.