New Canaan businesses are the lifeblood not just of the “Magic Circle” downtown and other hubs of arts and commerce, but also are critical drivers and supporters of community events, human services and preserving the character of “The Next Station to Heaven.” In this section, we spotlight New Canaan businesses and profile their owners, in long-form interviews and spot features, celebrating our anchor businesses and welcoming those new to town.

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Downtown Parking Limit Upped to Two Hours As New Signs Are Installed

All legal on-street parking in and around downtown New Canaan is now two hours, as officials this week installed new signs designating the longer time limit. The change from 90 minutes throughout the central business district of Main and Elm Streets as well as some other areas is expected to address what has been a consistent and major complaint from shoppers and diners who said that wasn’t enough time. “I think that people are going to be happy because they’ve been asking for it,” Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg said. “I think it will give them more time to have their lunches and get services. Hopefully, we listened to what people wanted and they’re happy that we made the change.”

The Parking Commission suggested the change from 90 minutes to two hours last fall, and the Police Commission, New Canaan’s traffic and on-street parking authority, voted in favor of it in September. Continue Reading →

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Public Works To Clear Snow from Roads, Downtown Before Dawn Wednesday

Town workers before dawn Wednesday are to remove the nearly one foot of snow dumped on New Canaan during last Thursday’s storm—an effort that’s expected to cost about $27,000, officials said. Starting at midnight and working until about 6 a.m., public works crews will divide into three groups and focus on three separate areas working their way toward Main and Elm Streets downtown, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting Tuesday. “We have had multiple, I would not say ‘complaints’ but ‘suggestions’—that we remove the snow and have some cut-outs cut into the snow banks so people parking can get into the businesses,” Mann said at the meeting, held at Town Hall. “We did have one student, a resident who needed to some community service so he spent about six hours shoveling snow for us on Saturday opening some crosswalks and cut-outs but walking around and looking at it this morning we need to remove the snow and get it out of here.”

The comments came during an update on snow removal and budget that First Selectman Kevin Moynihan requested of Mann. The little bit of snow that New Canaan got Monday night cost about $7,220 as public works crews treated the roads, Mann said, while the larger storm from last week cost $48,000 in highway department man hours and materials alone, not counting parks department costs. Continue Reading →

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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.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Ella & Henry’ Children’s Clothing Shop on Elm Street To Close

Ella & Henry, a children’s clothing shop that featured European products and opened on Elm Street about two years ago, is set to close, officials say. It isn’t clear just when or why the store is closing—its owner was not immediately available for comment—though signs in the window and an employee at the shop confirmed it. Signs in the window also advertised significant sales: 70 percent off of Steiff-brand stuffed animals and 50 percent off Hape toys and Freshly Picked shoes. Ella & Henry opened in October 2015, selling clothes and accessories for newborns through 12-year-olds and featuring brands such as Steiff, Papermoon and Bellybutton. It occupied the commercial space next to “the alley” on Elm Street, years ago the home of Baskin Robbins (now on Main Street) and more recently occupied by Sarah Campbell, which had moved a few doors up before Ella & Henry opened. Continue Reading →

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Downtown New Canaan in the 1960s: Eight Photos

For Tuesday’s newsletter, we featured a gallery of eight photos of downtown New Canaan from the 1970s and it ended up as the single most-read item in it. So, today, we’re trying again—this time with eight photos of downtown New Canaan from the 1960s. The photos themselves are from the New Canaan Historical Society. Continue Reading →

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