Business

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.

Recent Articles

Santa Arrives Safely in New Canaan

Children and adults hoping to see Santa Claus arrive in his personal helicopter at Mead Park on Saturday morning were instead greeted by New Canaan’s Tom Stadler, who was in the parking lot vigorously flapping his arms—not in an effort to fly himself, but rather to alert the incoming crowds that a snowstorm bearing down on the area had forced the Jolly Old Elf to cancel his flight. Instead, Santa was arriving via land-based transportation, Stadler told drivers as they flooded into the bustling parking areas—more specifically, via a fire truck that was bringing him directly to hardware shop Weed & Duryea, sponsor of the annual event, as well as Gregg’s Garden Center. After battling some slow-moving traffic during the 2,000-foot-long trek over to the hardware and general store, and then getting “trapped” in the store parking lot, everyone eventually made it safely to Weed & Duryea’s “Christmas Headquarters,” where local band, the New Canaan School of Rock, was cranking out “Spirit of Radio” by Rush to get everyone in the holiday mood. Sure enough, the Bearded Man of the Hour arrived right on time, waving to his adoring fans from a beautifully restored 1949 ladder truck owned by former Assistant New Canaan Volunteer Fire Chief (and Santa’s personal chauffeur) Scott Ready (the truck had been in service in New Canaan until 1973). A long line of starry-eyed children (and their parents) had already formed as Santa took his “throne” in the Christmas shop, surrounded by colorful, sparkling holiday merchandise. Continue Reading →

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Bruegger’s Bagels in New Canaan To Close Sunday

Bruegger’s Bagels, a fixture of downtown New Canaan for some 20 years, will close this weekend, officials said. A worker at the South Avenue bagel and coffee shop confirmed with NewCanaanite.com that Bruegger’s doors will close for good at 12 p.m. Sunday. Offering the widest range of bagels in New Canaan and popular with kids and sports teams, Bruegger’s garnered a loyal local customer base and sat on a busy commercial block, steps from Mackenzie’s and South Avenue Butcher. Established at 11 South Ave. following a company expansion in 1997, it sits in easy walking distance from the Morse Court parking lot. Continue Reading →

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‘India’ Restaurant on Main Street Closes

Just over 18 months after opening, India restaurant on Main Street has closed, its owner said. Chef Prasad Chirnomula said he’s closing the downtown eatery which since April 2016 has served classic Indian cuisine and signature dishes, as well as five other locations due in part to “longer structural income versus debt issues.” He added that the restaurant itself did not fare well enough to support the considerable costs of operating it. “I love the town, I love the people there but if you can look at Main Street alone the whole street looks empty, everything is for lease,”Chirnomula said. “And I think I have been in New Canaan and I have seen the peak and Main Street was nice and busy—parking was always an issue, but I think right now almost no businesses are open on Main Street. There are not enough diners. Continue Reading →

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Officials Propose Way To Allow Service Businesses To Occupy Street-Level Commercial Spaces Downtown

Seeking to give commercial property owners and businesses eyeing space in the heart of downtown New Canaan more flexibility, officials are considering a change to a section of the zoning regulations that governs what types of enterprises are allowed in street-level locations. As it is, the New Canaan Zoning Regulations allow, with site plan approval, a number of business types in what’s called the ‘Retail A zone’—it encompasses the one-way portion of Elm Street, the first block of South Avenue and Main Street roughly between Burtis and Locust. Those uses include retail businesses up to a certain size, restaurants, food shops and theaters. Service establishments such as exercise studios also are allowed in the zone, though not on the first floor. Yet in a difficult retail environment, many commercial spaces “are simply too large to get [tenants],” Jean Grzelecki, chairman of a subcommittee of the Planning & Zoning Commission, said at the group’s meeting Tuesday night. Continue Reading →

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Former New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi Joins Bankwell

Days after leaving office, New Canaan’s popular former first selectman announced that he’ll continue to work in town after accepting a position with one of its most prominent and community-oriented local businesses. Rob Mallozzi, who served in New Canaan’s top elected office for six years, is starting a job with Bankwell as a senior vice president and director of business development. “I am as excited as can be to be joining the team at Bankwell,” Mallozzi told NewCanaanite.com. “I’ve known many of the folks there for a number of years and have also witnessed all they have done in New Canaan during my years as first selectman—they are a true community asset. I know they put that same emphasis in the other towns they are in and I look forward to communicating that sense of responsibility and partnership to the many people I’ll be interfacing with.”

He added: “I could not choose a better place to call home than Bankwell and look forward to what lies ahead for me and for the bank.”

After very narrowly losing his party’s backing for a fourth term at a caucus in July, Mallozzi to the surprise of many declined to pursue a primary runoff versus his opponent. Continue Reading →

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