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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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Embody Fitness Gourmet Opens for Business on Forest Street


As builders are putting the finishing touches on Heritage Square, the new mixed retail-residential building on Forest Street, the complex’s first street-level merchant has opened its doors. Embody Fitness Gourmet welcomed its first customers last Thursday, kicking off a soft-opening “pre-launch” campaign. The Forest Street outpost is Embody owner Gillen Bryan’s third location and also the biggest, featuring plenty of seating and space where clientele can stay and enjoy the cafe’s quick-service, health-oriented cuisine. “The buildout was phenomenal,” Bryan told NewCanaanite.com. “Working with our property developer Christopher Gatto was an awesome experience and we really worked together build out a fantastic space to really enhance the customer experience. Continue Reading →

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Gower Road Ranch Demolished; Embody Fitness Gourmet Plans $125,000 Interior Fit-Out on Forest

The New Canaan Building Department on Monday issued a demolition permit for the new owner of a 1949 ranch on Brooks Road to raze the house. The .28-acre lot was purchased for $850,000 in September by a limited partnership out of Greenwich. It isn’t clear what will replace the home that had stood there—the town has not yet received a building permit application for the parcel. The contractor on the $30,000 demo is AC&S Excavating Contractors out of Pound Ridge, N.Y.


The developer of the mixed-use retail-and-residential complex ‘Heritage Square’ that’s going up on Forest Street on Tuesday put in for a $125,000 interior fit-out for the future home of Embody Fitness Gourmet. The healthy foods provider will occupy one of two retail spaces on street-level in the high-demand complex—Pet Valu will occupy the other. Continue Reading →

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Pet Valu To Open on Forest Street

Pet food, treats, toys and accessories provider Pet Valu is planning to open in the new retail-and-residential development ‘Heritage Square’ that’s taking shape on Forest Street, officials say. The business is the second of two retail shops, together with Embody, that will fill out the street-level at the development, and is slated for an opening in the late spring or early fall, according to Pet Valu Marketing Manager Ally Homa. (The two shops will share more than 30 parking spots between them.)

Pet Valu will become the second pet store to operate in New Canaan, together with Pet Pantry on Grove Street. We had a chance to put some questions to Homa about the company and its plans—see our full exchange below. Asked for her thought’s on Pet Valu’s imminent arrival in New Canaan, Laura Budd of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce said she’s proud that New Canaan could attract a national business such as this. Continue Reading →

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Healthy Foods Provider Embody To Open on Forest Street

A provider of on-the-go high-protein blends, organic juices, salads, granola, entrees and more is preparing to open this spring in the new retail-and-residential development on Forest Street. Embody was established eight years ago in Darien and owner Gillen Bryan said company officials have been “keeping our eye out for space in New Canaan for a while.”

“We are over-the-moon excited” about opening in Heritage Square on Forest Street, Bryan said. “We will have immediate brand recognition because we already have several people in New Canaan that know us from Equinox in Darien. We’ll bring the Embody experience with our menu that is really designed around fitness and health and performance. We’d like to be able to become a go-to destination for people who live a healthy and fit lifestyle or somebody who wants to make a healthy choice that day.”

Embody will split 33 parking spots at Heritage Square with a second retail provider on the street level, Bryan said, and the first four spots next to the store will be reserved for the healthy food provider’s customers. Continue Reading →

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