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

Aquarium Store ‘Life Aquatic’ To Move from South Avenue to Park Street

After more than seven years on South Avenue, New Canaan’s full-service aquarium store is moving one block away downtown, to the former Radio Shack space on Park Street. Life Aquatic’s owner, Randy Jahier, said he’s very excited about switching to “a much bigger location.”

“I am going to expand my offerings,” Jahier told NewCanaanite.com. “I am primarily saltwater now, so I am going to be going more heavily into freshwater and freshwater plants and upkeep and accessories.”

The move will take place Sept. 1 and Jahier said Life Aquatic will be open through the transition. The new location at 94 Park St. Continue Reading →

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Chef Prasad’ Indian Restaurant To Open This Month

Chef Prasad, the Indian restaurant going in at 62 Main St. in New Canaan, likely will open for takeout and delivery in the third week of May, and offer full dining service in the days that follow, according to the business’s owner. Prasad Chirnomula said he’s “super excited” to train the kitchen and floor staff to his liking and will soft-open within two weeks. The completely renovated space—new black-and-white checkerboard floor, new ceiling, walls, furniture and decor—used to house “India,” Chirnomula’s eatery that closed in December. Owner of longtime New Canaan favorite Thali down the street before that, Chirnomula said Chef Prasad offers a different vibe from India. Continue Reading →

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Beval Saddlery in New Canaan To Close

After more than 30 years, Beval Saddlery is closing its New Canaan store, officials say. According to a sign on the Pine Street business’s door, the provider of equestrian riding equipment, apparel and supplies is to continue its North Salem, N.Y. and Gladstone, N.J. stores while closing the one here. “We’re excited for this change and look forward to serving our customers in these existing locations, both centered at the heart of two strong equestrian communities,” the sign said. “In addition, our mobile store will be hitting the road to meet you at shows beginning in May.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why the store is closing—Beval’s owners were not immediately available for on-the-record comment. The business will continue to offer its products and support through its website. Continue Reading →

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After Five Years in New Canaan, Goldenberry Departs for Wilton Center

After five years on Cherry Street, gourmet and specialty gift shop Goldenberry—which through 30 years the area has carved out a niche, offering English dinnerware and treats, among other unique items—has moved to Wilton, according to its owner. As the shop neared the end of its lease, Deb Hecht said she tried to find another space here, though ultimately Goldenberry was lured to Wilton Center. The shop has cultivated a large New Canaan customer base and “Wilton town center is close enough for our customers to continue to shop with us,” Hecht told NewCanaanite.com. 

“We know so many of our wonderful customers for many years—so many of them are like family. Children who played at our play table eventually went off to college and have come back and become customers themselves. Truly heart-warming and special. Continue Reading →

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Review: ONE29 Restaurant on Elm Street

After a 10-year run under the leadership of Chef Luis, his eponymous restaurant at 129 Elm St. has relaunched under new ownership and with a new name, look, menu and executive chef. While ONE29 Restaurant brings a different vibe to Elm Street with an American contemporary cuisine created by Chef Joe Page, longtime customers of Chef Luis will recognize a few of their favorite dishes from the pasta and appreciate that its family-friendly atmosphere has remained intact. When my husband, 4-year-old daughter and I walked into 129 one Saturday evening, we were promptly greeted by a cheerful hostess and directed to a table by the front window. The décor was sleek and modern with stunning crystal circular chandeliers that added just the right touch of elegance, yet the atmosphere remained warm and relaxing. Continue Reading →

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