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

Chamber: Support Needed for Holiday Lights Downtown

Officials are calling for locals to support a cherished New Canaan tradition that relies on private funds to take place downtown each year. The white lights that adorn trees on Elm, Main and Forest Streets—and starting this year, Pine Street, as well—cost about $22,000 in hardware and manpower, according to the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. While the town supplies the electricity for the now-100-percent-LED lights, funds must be raised each year to carry those costs. “I think it is one of the things that sets our town apart in the holdaiy season,” Laura Budd of the Chamber told NewCanaanite.com. “It brings a lot of happiness to people—it’s the darkest time of the year, we have the least amount of light and it’s really great to come downtown and see all the trees lit up and the lampposts, too. Continue Reading →

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One Year Later, ‘Nantucket Monogram’ Owner Continues to Evolve Customer Experience

When third-generation seamstress and interior decorator Brooke Boothe decided to move her monogramming business from Nantucket to downtown New Canaan one year ago, her primary goal was to be right where her typical customers frequently shop. Nantucket Monogram debuted as a pop-up shop last November and by the end of January, Boothe and her daughter made the move to New Canaan permanent. Now settled at 1 Morse Court, Nantucket Monogram has expanded from a retail store offering embroidery services to a destination that also appeals to residents looking for custom design and home furnishing services or to hone their own sewing and embroidery skills. Boothe said the decision to expand the scope of Nantucket Monogram’s services over the past year stems from the stiff competition that small business owners face from online retailers. “The business has been well received, but it’s just like any brick-and-mortar right now where it’s hard to get people in the door,” she told New Canaanite. Continue Reading →

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‘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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