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

Winter Storm Hub: What’s Open & Closed, Snowfall Totals, Photos [UPDATED]

New Canaan Public Schools, Town Hall and New Canaan Library are closed Thursday as a winter storm that’s expected to create hazardous driving conditions bears down on the town (see more openings & closings below). The National Weather Service reported about 10.4 inches of snowfall as of 3:15 p.m. and issued a Winter Storm Warning that’s in effect through 1 a.m. Friday. Metro-North Railroad reported that a downed tree in the area of Talmadge Hill prompted the company to switch to bus shuttle service from Stamford for the New Canaan line starting at 2:58 p.m. By 6 p.m., Metro-North was reporting limited rail service on the branch.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Ella & Henry’ Children’s Clothing Shop on Elm Street To Close

Ella & Henry, a children’s clothing shop that featured European products and opened on Elm Street about two years ago, is set to close, officials say. It isn’t clear just when or why the store is closing—its owner was not immediately available for comment—though signs in the window and an employee at the shop confirmed it. Signs in the window also advertised significant sales: 70 percent off of Steiff-brand stuffed animals and 50 percent off Hape toys and Freshly Picked shoes. Ella & Henry opened in October 2015, selling clothes and accessories for newborns through 12-year-olds and featuring brands such as Steiff, Papermoon and Bellybutton. It occupied the commercial space next to “the alley” on Elm Street, years ago the home of Baskin Robbins (now on Main Street) and more recently occupied by Sarah Campbell, which had moved a few doors up before Ella & Henry opened. Continue Reading →

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Downtown New Canaan in the 1960s: Eight Photos

For Tuesday’s newsletter, we featured a gallery of eight photos of downtown New Canaan from the 1970s and it ended up as the single most-read item in it. So, today, we’re trying again—this time with eight photos of downtown New Canaan from the 1960s. The photos themselves are from the New Canaan Historical Society. Continue Reading →

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‘The Collected Home’: New Canaan Mom of Eight Opens ‘Lifestyle Shop’ in Rowayton


Risa King began hunting for architectural pieces for her Brushy Ridge Road home—a unique ca. 1921-built ranch house that had been part of a larger estate—straightaway after purchasing it six years ago. A mother of eight and resident of New Canaan for nine years already at that point, King with a historian’s sensibility, keen eye for detail and budding entrepreneurship researched the home extensively—it once belonged to a New York City publisher and Agatha Christie sat in her living room—and lived at times in a RV parked out front while the house underwent renovations. She also traveled to antique markets, craft fairs, estate sales and auctions to find pieces that felt right for its roughly 4,500 square feet of living space. “I wanted it to echo its past,” King said on a recent afternoon from the eye-catching, comfortably open floor of The Collected Home in Rowayton, the business she launched last month in the heart of the village. Continue Reading →

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