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’ve Had a Great Reception’: Organic Mattress Shop Opens on South Avenue

David Spittal spent much of the two years he had earned after founding, building and in 2005 selling his first mattress company reconnecting with family and community. The Putnam Valley, N.Y. resident served on his local school board, coached soccer with his two middle school-aged kids—his daughter is now a junior at Wesleyan University, his son a freshman at Gettysburg College—volunteered as chairman of the board for his local YMCA camp and also sat on a sustainable energy committee. It was while serving in that last role that Spittal paused to consider that most mattresses are made with some combination of polyurethane, polyester fibers and wire springs—creations whose useful life ends at about age eight and then lay in landfills for thousands of years. He began researching the prospect of a comfortable, eco-friendly, far longer-lasting, biodegradable mattress made of entirely organic materials. “I knew that there was a desire, especially with the ‘out-gassing’ of chemicals from polyurethane foam,” Spitall recalled Monday from the warm, welcoming showroom of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, open since Friday at 21 South Ave. Continue Reading →

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End of an Era: Romas Family Sells ‘New Canaan Pizza’

New Canaan Pizza, owned for more than 40 years by the same family, has been sold and will undergo a renovation, those associated with the downtown restaurant confirmed. Closed since Sunday for an extensive renovation, the Greek-style pizza place at 53 East Ave. is to be reopened as New Canaan Pizza & Taqueria and will use the same ovens to continue serving up its signature pie, according to Tommy Romas, a familiar face behind the counter who owns the business with sister and brother-in-law. The sale marks the end of an era in New Canaan. “We appreciate everybody’s business and we are going to miss everybody,” Romas told NewCanaanite.com. 

“We are sorry that we did not officially announce it [the sale] at the time of the closing, but that was because of a management agreement. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Downtown New Canaan Blanketed in Snow

The area’s first significant snowfall (forecasters estimated the total accumulation to be around 3 to 5 inches) hit New Canaan last night, making for some nice photo opportunities in the downtown area. Despite the treacherous driving conditions, New Canaan’s business center was a hub of activity Saturday morning as shoppers and plows were out and about at 9 A.M. on Main, Forest, Cherry, South, Park and Elm Streets just as the snow was turning to a mix of sleet and rain. All New Canaan Public School buildings and related activities were closed as of 10:22 this morning. Continue Reading →

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‘This Is Ridiculous’: Town Officials Urge Auto Shop Owner To Be Reasonable in Parking Vehicles Along Main Street

Members of the volunteer group that oversees on-street parking in New Canaan are urging the owner of a downtown business to work with them or risk exacerbating an emotionally charged dispute and potentially dangerous situation. The Police Commission already has spent more time on traffic and safety concerns near AC Auto Body than it has on hiring issues, according to commissioner Paul Foley. “This is ridiculous and it is still not solved,” Foley said at the start of the commission’s regular meeting, held Wednesday in the training room at the New Canaan Police Department. “It would be resolved if this individual would perform in a neighborhood way.”

Turning to members of NCPD that are working with both AC Auto Body owner Anthony Ceraso and neighbors who say the way he parks customers and shop vehicles blocks sight lines, Foley added: “You want to convey that to [Ceraso]? That we are concerned again about this action that he continues to do and if there isn’t any cleanup, especially now that snow coming and all the other stuff, that we will go to [Planning & Zoning]. Continue Reading →

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Station Eats Has Averaged 96.8 Out of 100 on Unannounced Health Inspections

Station Eats, the fresh burger and hot dog joint on South Avenue, has earned two perfect marks and consistently high overall scores from health inspectors since it opened in 2010, records show. Out of a possible 100 points, the made-to-order eatery has earned an average of 96.8 through 16 unannounced inspections by sanitarians with the New Canaan Health Department, according to a review of the organization’s files at Town Hall. Sanitarians use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from 1 to 4 points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more 4-point violations or a total score of less than 80 points. Owned by John Gallagher, according to health records, Station Eats at 19 South Ave. Continue Reading →

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