Local Merchants

In New Canaan, local merchants aren’t just people who sell us things: They’re our neighbors, our high school classmates, our kids’ youth sports coaches, our friends and often they’re the first people in town to give of their time, expertise, products and services to support human services organizations here.

Recent Articles

‘I’m Feeling Refreshed’: Emad Aziz Opens Mead Park Lodge for 2017 Season

A layer of snow from last week’s winter storm still covers the ball fields and tennis courts at Mead Park. Yet with spring officially arrived and temperatures expected to soar into the high-50s on Saturday, Apple Cart Food Co. owner Emad Aziz is prepared for a rush of activity at Mead Park Lodge. “I’m feeling great, feeling wonderful,” Aziz said Tuesday afternoon from his pristine kitchen in the gourmet food hut. “I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go after a huge, long vacation.”

That would be winter, the town resident’s “off-season.”

He appears to have spent part of it coming up with new offerings for his customers. Continue Reading →

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RadioShack on Park Street in New Canaan To Close

RadioShack on Park Street in New Canaan is slated to close, store workers have confirmed, days after the electronics store’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A ‘Store Closing’ sign appeared this weekend outside the downtown New Canaan mainstay. It isn’t clear just when the retailer at 94 Park St. will close, though Sprint had pulled all its merchandise from a large section of the store as of Sunday afternoon. Fort Worth, Texas-based parent company General Wireless Operations Inc. announced March 8 that the 1,500-store RadioShack would close about 200 stores. Continue Reading →

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Beef Stew for Emergency Responders in Snow Storm: A Legacy Endures at Joe’s Pizza

Lorenzo Colella awoke Tuesday morning to the same winter storm news as fellow New Canaan merchants: What had been predicted as two feet of snow would come to about half of that total. Despite the still-hazardous road conditions, the Joe’s Pizza owner decided to open at 11 a.m.

And he decided to do something else. “I just thought about these guys being out there and I figure they’re on the roads and need some food, so maybe I can help them out and give them a little extra kick in their step,” Colella told NewCanaanite.com. That kick came in the form of a beef stew, and from a recipe near and dear to the 1995 New Canaan High School graduate. With potatoes, carrots, beef, onions, cumin, rosemary, salt, pepper, thyme and brown gravy, the stew that Colella offered up to New Canaan police, firefighters, EMTs and public works crews was his mother’s. Continue Reading →

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‘Pop Up Park’ Organizers Eye Extended Summer Season Downtown

The organizers of New Canaan’s ‘Pop Up Park’ downtown will seek permission to run it continuously from July 16 to Sept. 4. If approved by the Police Commission, the dates—from just after the Sidewalk Sale through Labor Day—would expand by several weeks the longest continuous run for the Pop Up Park, which was in place for three straight weeks last August. Tucker Murphy, an advisor to the Pop Up Park Steering Committee from the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said many visitors were disappointed last year when the park—located on South Avenue between Morse Court and Elm Street—was disassembled before what turned out to be a beautiful Labor Day weekend. The committee is “trying to build upon last year while still recognizing that some of the merchants and some people have concerns about traffic flow,” Murphy said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Storm Hub: What’s Open & Closed, Photos, Updates

Update 4:58 p.m.

Town Hall is on a 2-hour delay for Wednesday and will open at 10:30 a.m., officials said. To this point, 11.6 inches of snow have fallen on New Canaan. Here’s what’s open and closed in New Canaan on Tuesday—a list we will update throughout the day. To share your own business’s information through NewCanaanite.com, please fill out the short form embedded below. What’s Open

Franco’s Wine Merchants: Opening at 8 a.m.
Joe’s Pizza: Opening at 11 a.m.
Brown Thayer Shedd (BTS) Insurance

What’s Closed

Walter Stewart’s Market
Stewart’s Spirits
New Canaan Music
New Canaan Library
NCRC Tennis
Pryority Wellness
Baskin Robbins
Earth Garden
New Canaan Olive Oil
New Canaan Community Foundation
Elm Street Books
South End Restaurant
SE Uncorked
Vineyard Vines

Green & Tonic
Real Estate Information Center
New Canaan Public Schools
Town Hall
elm restaurant
Kempo Academy of New Canaan
New Canaan Chamber of Commerce
Cosmetic Boutique
Connecticut Muffin
The Summer House
Handwright Gallery & Framing
Halstead Property
Ciel Eau Day Spa
New Canaan Healthfare
Gates Restaurant

Update 3:45 p.m.

Trees have fallen across power lines on Carter Street and Wahackme Road. Continue Reading →

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