Irresistibles, a women’s clothing and accessories shop, is moving from its location of the past five years, on Main Street, to a recently vacated commercial space on Elm Street, according to Assistant Manager Audrey Kallassy.
“It’s more convenient—we will be right in the center of the action on Elm Street,” said Kallassy, who works at Irresistibles with longtime Manager Dottie Gardiner. “And I think it will be better parking for our customers.”
The shop will open at 137 Elm St. on March 1, she said. The space, next to “the alley” on Elm, recently had been occupied by Ella & Henry, which closed.
“We’re excited,” Kallassy said. “So much change has happened on this block that we feel it will be better.”
She referred to Main Street between Locust and East Avenues, which has seen some vacancies in the past few years, including JoS. A. Bank and Island Outfitters. Even so, the popular New Canaan Music retail shop and provider of lessons moved in last summer, and Organika Kitchen is to open in the spring. Zoning officials now are looking at ways to change local regulations so that service businesses can occupy street-level businesses in the downtown’s “magic circle.”
Irresistibles, whose inventory includes Kate Spade-brand jewelry in handbags, has been in New Canaan for nearly 30 years. It’s one of 12 stores owned by company headquartered in Marblehead, Mass., and the only one in Connecticut.
Kallassy said the store’s priority is customer service.
“We really pride ourselves in helping people find things—when someone comes in here, it’s a personal shopping experience,” he said.