‘A Great Addition to Our Town’: Connecticut Breast Imaging Center Opens on Vitti Street

The New Canaanite 2024 Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Karp Associates. A new location for breast imaging opened in town last month. 

Connecticut Breast Imaging – which has several locations across the state – has expanded into New Canaan with a new location on Vitti Street. 

The new imaging center opened on June 2 and one week later, held an open house fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. “Our June 9 Open House Fundraiser was a huge success,” said Shawn Barto, administrative manager of Breast Imaging Services. “We were able to donate $2,500 to the Breast Cancer Alliance.”

The new center provides services such as mammography, breast ultrasound and breast biopsies. 

“We also offer same day appointments as well as same day reads by our highly regarded breast imagers,” Barto said. 

The center is “a great addition to our town,” Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, Laura Budd said. 

“We were very lucky that the ownership group decided to expand into New Canaan,” she said. Before the new center opened, many residents were forced to travel far distances for checkups, officials say.

‘Spicing Up’ New Canaan: Grand Opening of Spice and Tea Exchange Set for Friday

The New Canaanite 2024 Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Karp Associates. A melting pot of countries, exotic flavors and aromatic spices exists here, in our very own backyard. Enter the Spice and Tea Exchange, nestled downtown in the middle of Main Street. 

Pulling open the front doors invites a journey for the senses: displays abundant with clear glass jars housing colorful contents; a strong aroma of fragrant spices wafting through the air; and a soft bubbling noise emanating from the tea dispensers in the back, which contain the week’s newest selections. The Spice & Tea Exchange is a franchise that has been in business for about 16 years, growing out of a mom-and-pop store, said store owner Pam Robinson. “This is the 92nd store to open,” Robinson said.

‘Sidewalk Sale’ Set for Saturday, July 20 [Q&A]

One of the community’s most anticipated summer traditions—the annual Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale downtown—is coming Saturday, July 20. We put some questions to Laura Budd, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, ahead of the big sale. 

Here’s our exchange. ***

What are some of the highlights of this year’s Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 20? The event is special because it reflects a full community effort. Along with great deals from amazing retailers you can check in with some of our favorite non-profits, hear music from local bands, enjoy food from many of our restaurants and cafes and the YMCA will have its amazing Family Entertainment Zone at the Elm/Main intersection. 

What happens on Friday, the day before the official Sidewalk Sale?

‘Polestar’ Auto Dealership Planned for Park and Cherry Streets

A new car dealership is planned for the corner of Park and Cherry Streets, a vacant structure long known to locals as the “Merrill Lynch building.”

According to a Zoning Permit application filed on behalf of property owner DP 4 Cherry Street LLC, the property at 4 Cherry St. will be converted into an “auto dealership.”

Renderings that accompany the application show a sign outside the building that says ‘Polestar.’

Polestar is a Swedish-born manufacturer of electric vehicles, according to the company’s website. The existing building, which currently is undergoing renovation, will have four bays for vehicles inside, renderings show. Interior renovations call for a “new wetbar,” according to the plans. It isn’t clear just when the new dealership will open or whether it will operate as a sales floor or show floor.