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Boutique-Style ‘Shoe-Inn’ Store Coming To Elm Street

A well-established, family-owned boutique-style shoe business is moving into the Elm Street space occupied until recently by Walin & Wolff. Shoe-Inn has eight tri-state area locations and members of the family that launched the business in 1972 travel each year to Italy and work with factories there that produce shoes exclusively for the U.S. company, officials said. Peter Lawson, a fourth-generation owner of Shoe-Inn, said the business hopes to open at 36 Elm St. by the end of October. “Westport is one of our better stores and we’ve always loved the area and we’re trying to expand,” Lawson told NewCanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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‘Subway’ Sandwich Shop To Reopen on Main Street

Nearly four months after it closed, the Subway sandwich shop on Main Street is to be reopened within one week under new ownership, officials say. The national made-to-order sandwich shop could be reopened as early as Friday, or possibly Monday, according to Zack Ullah, a Norwalk resident who will manage the Subway at 64 Main St. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘They Support the Community’: Local Businesspeople Recognized by New Canaan Chamber of Commerce at Annual Awards Luncheon

Local businesspeople in New Canaan work tirelessly year-round to serve the town of New Canaan and its residents—giving of their time and rolling up their sleeves to provide goods and services for those in need, coach youth sports and volunteer to support community events. On Tuesday, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce recognized three businesses who have made a significant impact. “We do this every year—this is our way of honoring the businesses that support our town,” Tucker Murphy, the executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said during the organization’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held at Gates. “It’s always hard because there are so many that do so many great things.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Take It to the Next Level’: New Canaan Music Moving to Main Street

New Canaan Music is poised to move this summer from its original location in “the alley” on Elm Street to a larger, more conspicuous space on Main Street, officials say—a great sign for the locally owned business as well as for a block that’s seen merchants vacate street-level storefronts in the past year. Owner Phil Williams said that after four years in the alley near Chef Luis, “we are ready to take it up to the next level” in moving to 90 Main St., most recently the temporary site of the New Canaan Post Office, near the corner of East Avenue. “We will have bigger and better lesson rooms, a bigger and better store and a more prominent location,” said Williams, a town resident with a son in public schools here and who serves on the Board of Directors of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. “This really puts us more on the map. This [the original location] has been a good place that has really served us well for the past four years—I can’t believe it has already been that many years—but it has given us a good launching point to take it to the next level.”

New Canaan Music’s space will increase by more than half as much in the new space, from approximately 1,200 to 2,000 square feet, Williams said. Continue Reading →

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‘Good Weather is Coming’: Local Businesses Hope for Warmer, More Inviting Weather

With temperatures ranging from the mid-40’s to high-70’s, this spring’s weather has kept New Canaanites guessing—perhaps no group more so than local merchants. Local businesses have been feeling the effects unusual weather patterns, and though customers are still walking around, buying clothes and eating out, merchants are hoping that consistently summer-like temps arrive soon. Despina Tsartsabalidis, manager of the New Canaan Diner on Forest Street, said that the unusual weather has slowed down business due to customers preferring to sit inside, decreasing the amount of seating available. “It has affected the outside business,” Tsartsabalidis said. “Right now, it’s cold, no one is gonna sit outside, even though we have the heaters. Continue Reading →

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