New Canaan businesses are the lifeblood not just of the “Magic Circle” downtown and other hubs of arts and commerce, but also are critical drivers and supporters of community events, human services and preserving the character of “The Next Station to Heaven.” In this section, we spotlight New Canaan businesses and profile their owners, in long-form interviews and spot features, celebrating our anchor businesses and welcoming those new to town.

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Boutique-Style ‘Shoe-Inn’ Store Coming To Elm Street

A well-established, family-owned boutique-style shoe business is moving into the Elm Street space occupied until recently by Walin & Wolff. Shoe-Inn has eight tri-state area locations and members of the family that launched the business in 1972 travel each year to Italy and work with factories there that produce shoes exclusively for the U.S. company, officials said. Peter Lawson, a fourth-generation owner of Shoe-Inn, said the business hopes to open at 36 Elm St. by the end of October. “Westport is one of our better stores and we’ve always loved the area and we’re trying to expand,” Lawson told Continue Reading →

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‘Subway’ Sandwich Shop To Reopen on Main Street

Nearly four months after it closed, the Subway sandwich shop on Main Street is to be reopened within one week under new ownership, officials say. The national made-to-order sandwich shop could be reopened as early as Friday, or possibly Monday, according to Zack Ullah, a Norwalk resident who will manage the Subway at 64 Main St. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘It All Starts With Play’ — New Canaan Brothers Start Tech Repair Business

For several years,  brothers Griffin and Ethan Hall had been repairing phones and computers for family and friends as a profitable hobby until this past July, when they decided to turn that hobby into a full-blown business. The duo set up a stand at the annual Sidewalk Sale on Elm Street, and New Canaan Tech Solutions was born. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘The Idea is That People Can Have It All in One Place’; Addition to Oxygen Fitness Opens this Fall

When Oxygen Fitness opened its doors a little over four years ago, its mission was simple; to create a one stop shop for health and fitness. Offering everything from CrossFit to boxing to spin, Oxygen has something for everybody. With a new addition due to open in the coming months, owners Sara and David Koch and Rich Fedeli aim to allow space for every type of class. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Officials Wary of Proposal for Nonprofit, Community Organizations To Use ‘Pop Up Park’ for Sales

Town officials on Tuesday night voiced objections to a proposal that nonprofit and community organizations be allowed to sell fundraiser tickets or items such as Girl Scout cookies in the Pop Up Park downtown, saying the popular pedestrian area should remain entirely solicitation-free. When the cordoned-off park launched five years ago, New Canaan’s traffic authority specified that nothing be sold there “mostly because we did not want to have in any way reactions by the merchants that the Pop Up Park would compete with them,” according to Police Commission member Sperry DeCew. “I am not particularly happy about this [idea],” DeCew said at the group’s regular meeting, held at the New Canaan Police Department. “I do not particularly want people in there being solicited by anybody to do anything—Lobsterfest or Girl Scout cookies. I think it’s inappropriate and there should be no solicitation whatsoever.”

DeCew and fellow Commissioner Paul Foley—together with Chairman Stuart Sawabini, who participated in the meeting on speakerphone—referred to a draft set of “sales guidelines” from the volunteer committee that organizes the Pop Up Park. Continue Reading →

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