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

New Parking Machines to Be Installed Thursday at Downtown Lots

If you frequently park in downtown New Canaan for work, shopping or dining, there’s good news: New parking machines are being installed Thursday at Morse Court and Park Street lots (two apiece), with single machines going to Locust Avenue, the Playhouse and Center School lots. The solar-powered Parkeon Strada Pal Rapide model machines will be a significant improvement over the old machines, according to New Canaan Parking Bureau Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg. “They are an improvement because the instructions are right on the screen and walks people through each step, the screens are larger, in color and will be easier to see even in direct sunlight,” Miltenberg told NewCanaanite.com. “Since [the parking machine company is] located in New Jersey, communication from the machines will be quicker as well as contact with the company will always be done during regular business hours. I believe they will be more user friendly overall.”

Miltenberg added that the new machines will still take coins (nickels, dimes and quarters) as well as credit cards. The 7-inch screens will show the rates, the maximum amount of time each vehicle is permitted to park in the lots, minimum coin and credit card amounts, and enforcement hours. Continue Reading →

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‘Jaafar Tazi’: New Salon To Open on Main Street

The owner of a well-established, full-service hair salon in Greenwich is eyeing a midsummer opening for a new location in downtown New Canaan. Jaafar Tazi’s eponymous salon will open July 15 on the second floor at 80 Main St., in the space formerly occupied by Li-Ann’s. “Where there is demand, there is supply,” Tazi told NewCanaanite.com when asked why he chose New Canaan for the new salon. “We have a lot of organizations, a lot of clients coming inside [the Greenwich location] from the New Canaan area and they always say there is nothing like our salon in Greenwich in their beautiful little town, so we are trying to brig that up here and we have a lot of people calling us to try and make appointments already.”

Known to scores of locals for preparing “models” for the Young Women’s League’s popular “Couture for a Cause” fundraiser, Jaafar Tazi Salon distinguishes itself for the “high-quality service we provide to clients,” Tazi said. “We are always current with what we do and we have a very, very talented team that really meets the needs of those clients.”

Melissa Lindsay, a co-owner of Pimlico on Elm Street (which officially opens for retail on Tuesday) said she “won’t let anyone else touch” her hair. Continue Reading →

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‘Its Grip Kept Slipping’: Animal Control, ‘Embody’ Employees Rescue Distressed Raccoon from Storm Drain During Heavy Rainfall

The head of New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section and workers from a downtown shop on Friday afternoon saw through the dramatic rescue of a raccoon that had become trapped in a storm drain downtown during heavy rainfall. At about 3 p.m., Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section was called to the one-way stretch of Forest Street on a report of the distressed animal. There, she saw the raccoon “attempting to maintain its gripe on the grate with water rushing beneath it,” Halm said. “The panicked look on the raccoon’s face is still in my head,” she told NewCanaanite.com. Halm sprang into action, calling for town workers to assist in lifting the grate though “I knew the raccoon didn’t have much time,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Parking Bureau Now Taking ‘Request Forms’ for New Downtown Parking Permits; Trial Initiative To Serve Employees of Local Businesses

In a widely anticipated trial effort that’s designed to help ease the parking crunch on Main and Elm Streets, officials this week are starting to take in “request forms” for a new type of permit specifically for employees of downtown businesses. The Parking Bureau will take in “Downtown Parking Permit Request Forms”—available for download here—through May 26, making 20 permits available each in Morse Court and Park Street lots during an initial trial year. The new permits—in reality, no physical “permit” will be issued (rather, the license plates of those selected will be registered with the bureau)—will cost $429 and will be valid for a 12-month period ending June 30, 2018. The Parking Bureau is located on the second floor of the New Canaan Police Department. Assuming there will be more request forms submitted than permits available, they’ll be awarded through a lottery system, according to Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg, and how the bureau handles the issuance of the new permits after this year—for example, whether an entirely new lottery will take place for next summer or whether the program is expanded in any way—will depend on demand. Continue Reading →

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘The Cultivated Collector’ To Open Saturday on Vitti Street

The Cultivated Collector—a classic and exotic car showroom and clubhouse—will launch at its newly renovated 19 Vitti St. location on Saturday, during an invite-only grand opening. Led by company President Matthew Ivanhoe and Vice President Anne Ivanhoe, industry veterans known to auto enthusiasts in the area, The Cultivated Collector’s business will focus primarily on collector car sales—specifically, investment-grade European sports and exotic cars, from 1950’s to ’70s Italian, German, and Aston Martin cars, to modern collectible drivers’ cars, such as V12 powered, manual transmission Ferraris and Aston Martins, as well as GT2/GT3 Porsches. Cars that will be shown at next weekend’s opening include a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT, 1967 Lamborghini Miura Barn Find and 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. Anne Ivanhoe gave us a “sneak peek” tour of the newly renovated, comfortable space upstairs—see photo gallery above. Read more background on The Cultivated Collector here. Continue Reading →

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