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Organizers Suspend Pop Up Park after Some Merchants Raise Concerns

The committee that developed, managed and advocated on behalf of the Pop Up Park downtown—recently securing approval to keep it in place through the summer—is suspending those plans indefinitely after a group of merchants in town voiced opposition. According to a letter obtained by NewCanaanite.com that’s signed by 16 business owners downtown—most of them retailers, including Elm Street Books owner Susan Rein and Pimilico owner Jill Saunders (see full letter below, as well as those who added their names to it)—the Pop Up Park in occupying the final block of South Avenue at Elm Street obstructs traffic, blocks parking and displaces an important loading zone. While complimenting Pop Up Park Committee members for their passion and diligence, these merchants say, the park itself “hampers business” because its visitors do not patronize local shops and restaurants. “If it continues much longer, the small-town charm of New Canaan’s downtown is going to be overrun by big box chains just like many other towns in our area,” according to the letter, dated June 1. “The look of the Park does nothing to enhance the visual appeal of town,” the letter said. Continue Reading →

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Biz on Biz: Pimlico Owner on Walin & Wolff’s Jimmy Choo Shoes

For this installment of “Biz on Biz,” we visited Jill Saunders at Pimlico, her home furnishings, fixtures and accessories shop on the corner of Elm Street and South Avenue. Asked for her choice of a favorite item, service or anything else at another New Canaan business, Saunders responded: “I would probably point you in the direction of Walin & Wolff.”

And what’s her favorite item there? “Everything, really. It’s quite the problem,” Saunders said. “Their Jimmy Choo shoes are kind of nice.”

At Walin & Wolff, Assistant Manager Lisa Mancini used this word when NewCanaanite.com asked about the popularity of the Jimmy Choo shoes: “Unbelievable.”

“People come in looking for them,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Street Style: ‘A Nice Pair of Boots Is Key’


For this installment of Street Style—our second, after catching up with Lucy and Poppy from Jolly Old one week ago—we talk to Tori Caserta. She’s a Stamford resident who has been working since around Thanksgiving at Pimlico, a “Unique Chic” home furnishings, fixtures and accessories shop on the corner of South and Elm. New Canaanite: What are you wearing? Tori: I’m wearing women’s brown Timberland shin-high boots, Madewell jeans, a Fossil black belt, a Madewell shirt and a blue blazer. How would you describe in one phrase or sentence your own style sense? Continue Reading →

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