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

‘Upper Crust Bagels’ To Open in Former Bruegger’s Space in New Canaan

A locally owned bakery and café that’s developed a loyal following after 20 years in business one town away is set to open a new shop in the former Bruegger’s Bagels location in downtown New Canaan. Upper Crust Bagels signed a lease Wednesday and will open in one to two months, according to owner Charlie Sahlia. Sahlia said he’s been hoping to open in New Canaan for a long time but has found rental rates on Elm and Main Streets cost-prohibitive. The town is “very family-oriented, with a lot of kids and there are businesses there we can cater to,” Sahlia said. “But what we pride ourselves in creating at Upper Crust is it’s a ‘neighborhoody,’ healthier alternative to lunch and breakfast,” he told Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,

One Tenant Lined Up for Former Mrs. Green’s Building; Commercial Space To Be Divided into Three Businesses

The owners of the former Mrs. Green’s building at the corner of Park and Pine Streets say a new tenant is poised to set up business in the structure, following a plan to divide its large interior into three commercial spaces. A letter of intent has been signed for a tenant that’s new to New Canaan and the market here, according to Anthony Giordano, an owner of 2 Pine St., longtime home of the New Canaan Post Office prior to Mrs. Green’s. “I think it’s going to be very well received and we are very excited,” Giordano said. He declined to name the specific business, as the lease agreement hasn’t been finalized, saying a late-summer interior build-out and move-in is realistic. With that lease, he said, the owners decided to divide the large commercial space into three tenants with roughly 3,000 square feet apiece, a strategy that opens it up to a wider pool of prospective businesses. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

‘Irresistibles’ Apparel and Accessories Shop Moving March 1 to Elm Street

Irresistibles, a women’s clothing and accessories shop, is moving from its location of the past five years, on Main Street, to a recently vacated commercial space on Elm Street, according to Assistant Manager Audrey Kallassy. “It’s more convenient—we will be right in the center of the action on Elm Street,” said Kallassy, who works at Irresistibles with longtime Manager Dottie Gardiner. “And I think it will be better parking for our customers.”

The shop will open at 137 Elm St. on March 1, she said. The space, next to “the alley” on Elm, recently had been occupied by Ella & Henry, which closed. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,

Hersam Acorn Sells Commercial Building on Vitti Street for $1,150,000

A 1970-built commercial building on Vitti Street has sold for $1,150,000, according to a property transfer recorded Wednesday in the Town Clerk’s office. Hersam Acorn Realty LLC sold the single-story, 6,000-square-foot structure to 587 CT AVE LLC, a company whose managing principal is Jason Milligan of New Canaan, according to Connecticut Secretary of the State records. Asked about the future of 42 Vitti St., Milligan said the plan is to keep its current tenants in place while its new owners explore options for future. A physical therapy provider and newspaper currently occupy the concrete-on-slab building. Located in the Business B zone, the lot totals .35 acres, tax records show. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,

Downtown Parking Limit Upped to Two Hours As New Signs Are Installed

All legal on-street parking in and around downtown New Canaan is now two hours, as officials this week installed new signs designating the longer time limit. The change from 90 minutes throughout the central business district of Main and Elm Streets as well as some other areas is expected to address what has been a consistent and major complaint from shoppers and diners who said that wasn’t enough time. “I think that people are going to be happy because they’ve been asking for it,” Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg said. “I think it will give them more time to have their lunches and get services. Hopefully, we listened to what people wanted and they’re happy that we made the change.”

The Parking Commission suggested the change from 90 minutes to two hours last fall, and the Police Commission, New Canaan’s traffic and on-street parking authority, voted in favor of it in September. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,