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 Like the People Who Live in New Canaan’: Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaners ‘Pressing Matters’ Opens on Cross Street

Mike Weisel had built up his dry cleaning business to four locations over 27 years—in Westport (two stores), Stamford and Trumbull—when he sold them off (“I decided that I didn’t want to do the retail dry cleaning anymore”). Then in January 2015, the North Stamford resident launched a pickup and delivery cleaners service that covered Fairfield County, and something unusual stuck out as the new company—Pressing Matters—grew increasingly popular. “My growth happened all in New Canaan,” Weisel said Monday afternoon from the floor of his new space at 16 Cross St., his son Josh and 9-year-old golden retriever Molson keeping standing by in the first-ever permanent location of Pressing Matters. “I had stops in Greenwich, stops in Stamford. But majority of my stops were here. Continue Reading →

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NewCanaanite.com Hits All-Time High Traffic Week During Local Election

NewCanaanite.com last week reached 40,805 pageviews—the single-highest traffic week since the local news website launched nearly four years ago. The week of Nov. 5 to 11 included Election Day—itself the fourth-highest-ever single traffic day on the New Canaanite, with 10,488 pageviews—as well as early National Letter of Intent Signing Day for New Canaan High School seniors. Here are the five most-read articles for the week:

PHOTOS: Nine NCHS Student-Athletes Sign Early Letters of Intent To Play Sports in College
Kevin Moynihan Wins New Canaan First Selectman Race by 33 Votes [UPDATED]
Election 2017: New Canaan Hub [UPDATED]
NewCanaanite.com Endorsement for First Selectman
Police Chief: Multiple Cars—Unlocked, Keys Inside—Reported Stolen from New Canaan Homes Over Weekend

Here’s a look at some of the single most-trafficked weeks and their top stories since the launch of NewCanaanite.com on Jan. 31, 2014:

 

I’m very grateful to our readers and advertisers for supporting and engaging with the website. Continue Reading →

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Japanese Restaurant ‘Hashi Sushi’ Opens on Forest Street [PHOTOS]

After nearly one year of planning and renovation, New Canaan’s newest restaurant opened Wednesday on Forest Street. Centrally located on the town’s “Restaurant Row,” Hashi Sushi is to be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week, according to its staff. Owned by a group that has similar eateries in New York and New Jersey, the approximately 50-seat restaurant features a full bar and sushi bar with nine stools, and its menu is extensive and diverse. Lunch option include a full menu of Hibachi choices ($11 to $14), a two- ($11) or three-roll ($13) Maki Roll combination with a wide selection including California, tuna, salmon and yellowtail scallion, as well as shrimp, chicken, sweet potato and pumpkin tempura. The lunch combos include miso soup and salad. Continue Reading →

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‘We Know the Value That They Have’: Tequila Mockingbird’s New Owners To Keep High-Quality Staff, Upbeat Vibe

The new owners of Tequila Mockingbird say they’re eager to continue the iconic Forest Street restaurant’s strong 25-year run and that means maintaining not only high-quality Mexican food but also great service. “We know the value of the people that have worked there for so many years,” said New Canaan resident Paul Tully, part of the ownership group at Tequila Mockingbird. “We now the relationships that they have with the people in town and that, quite honestly is part of the purchase. We hoped—because we could not guarantee that all team members stayed—because in the back of my mind, they’re part of what makes it so great.”

Tully and his partners acquired half of Tequila Mockingbird in the spring of 2015, when the group purchased Gates Restaurant next door, and bought the other half at the end of 2016. The restaurant’s original owner, Paul Mauk of New Canaan, continued as proprietor at Tequila through a transition period that ended last month, Tully said. Continue Reading →

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FIRST LOOK: Remodeled Cava Restaurant To Reopen Thursday on Forest Street [PHOTOS]

One of New Canaan’s most popular restaurants is scheduled to reopen this week after more than one year. Closed for a major remodeling following an upper-story fire in its building last September, Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant will be open for dinner starting Thursday and will open for lunch soon after, said Nube Siguenza, executive chef and owner. “I am so excited,” she told NewCanaanite.com. The newly renovated space at 2 Forest St. now includes a bigger bar, private room and wood-fired grill. Continue Reading →

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