Stewarts Spirits, Mackenzie’s Among Local Businesses Compliant with Tobacco, E-Cigarette Laws Regarding Minors

Nine New Canaan businesses refused to sell tobacco or electronic cigarettes to a minor sent into them Tuesday by local and state enforcement agencies, officials said. Stewarts Spirits and Mackenzie’s were among the business that complied with the state laws forbidding the sale of tobacco or e-cigarettes to minors, according to a press release issued following a Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program effort run jointly by the New Canaan Police Department and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. “A supervised minor deployed by the TPEP inspection team entered retail establishments around town to conduct tobacco and electronic cigarette inspections to ensure compliance with state law,” according to the release. Businesses that break the law are subject to an infraction summons and $200 fine for the first offense, it said. Other businesses found to be in compliance were the Mobil Marts on South Avenue and both sides of the Merritt Parkway by Exit 37, Walgreens, Gulf station downtown, Acme and A1 Cellars.

Kiwanis Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Social To Be Held Sunday

The New Canaan Kiwanis Club’s popular St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Social is around the corner, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 in St. Aloysius School’s dining hall. A community staple for years, the event features Irish dancing and is sponsored by New Canaan’s Hoyt Funeral Home, First County Bank, Bankwell, Kiwanis Division 20, Karl Chevrolet, Sperry DeCew, Nurenu Brand Marketing, Baskin-Robbins, Walter Stewart’s Market, Stewarts Spirits,, Hawthorne Ackerly & Dorrance, Anam Cara School of Irish Dance and Harney Pender Keady School of Irish Dance. Tickets are $10 for children, those under age two are free, $15 for adults ($20 at the door) and are available at the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, 91 Elm St.; Walter Stewart’s Market, 229 Elm St.; Baskin- Robbins 103 Main St.

Winter Storm Hub: What’s Open & Closed, Snowfall Totals, Photos [UPDATED]

New Canaan Public Schools, Town Hall and New Canaan Library are closed Thursday as a winter storm that’s expected to create hazardous driving conditions bears down on the town (see more openings & closings below). The National Weather Service reported about 10.4 inches of snowfall as of 3:15 p.m. and issued a Winter Storm Warning that’s in effect through 1 a.m. Friday. Metro-North Railroad reported that a downed tree in the area of Talmadge Hill prompted the company to switch to bus shuttle service from Stamford for the New Canaan line starting at 2:58 p.m. By 6 p.m., Metro-North was reporting limited rail service on the branch. 

What’s Open

Franco’s Wine (opening at 8 a.m.)
Walter Stewart’s Market (open at 7:30 a.m.)
Stewart’s Spirits (opening at 9 a.m.)
Karl Chevrolet (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for service, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for sales)
Farmer’s Table (open 5 to 10 p.m.)
Joe’s Pizza (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Real Estate Information Center (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
YMCA open as normal though some classes cancelled (updates here)
Teachers Who Tutor
Dunkin Donuts
Gates (opening bar at 1 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m.)

What’s Closed

Rucci Law Group
Pet Pantry Warehouse
Halo Studios
New Canaan Racquet Club
Town Hall
New Canaan Library
New Canaan Public Schools
All Bankwell branches
Pryority Wellness
South End
SE Uncorked
La Pescaderia Fish Market & Arepa
elm restaurant (closed for lunch, dinner decision to come)
TD Bank
Salon 5 East
Ciel Eau Day Spa
Vineyard Vines
Candy Nichols
Jul’s Salon
Oxygen Fitness closed for remainder of Thursday has cancelled Thursday’s Community Coffee and the next one will be held Jan. 18. The library’s planned art exhibition opening has been moved to 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

10 Great Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas from New Canaan Shops [GALLERY]

We’re entering the home stretch of Christmas shopping in New Canaan, as most every holiday shipping date has past. For anyone looking for great last-minute gift and stocking-stuffer ideas, we’ve created the gallery above—covering everything from $5 squishies for the kids to a $3,600 six-liter bottle of wine for the grownups. Though it’s not meant to be exhaustive—for example, we left off favorites such as the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s gift cards, New Canaan Historical Society’s ornaments and Philip Johnson Glass House’s design store items—the gallery represents a good cross-section of downtown merchants. As Laura Budd from the Chamber’s offices above the Playhouse on Elm Street said: “From our office on the ’50-yard line’ and from our interactions with store owners and managers, we know that New Canaan shoppers have embraced the ‘Shop Local’ movement. We know this is in no small part due to the tremendous effort the local businesses put in to the ‘experience’ of shopping here in New Canaan.

Letter: ‘Thank You’ to the Stewarts from Meals On Wheels of New Canaan

The Meals on Wheels of New Canaan Board would like to wholeheartedly thank Alex and Doug Stewart of Stewart’s Wines & Spirits for partnering with us for our recent fundraiser. Stewart’s Wines & Spirits graciously offered to donate 10 percent of sales from November 15th to Meals on Wheels of New Canaan. The event was a huge success! Walter Stewart’s Market and Stewart’s Wines & Spirits are tremendous assets to our wonderful community. They are always giving back to local organizations and it is much appreciated by all.