‘Core Burn Pilates’ Coming To Park Street

A pilates studio is planned for a commercial space in downtown New Canaan, according to an application that is to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday. Core Burn Pilates is to be located in the former L’Amoire space at 102 Park St., according to applications for approval of a sign out front of the prominent brick-exterior building and site plan to allow a change in use from retail to personal services. According to a narrative filed on behalf of property owner Caroline Realty LLC, nothing is changing with the building and the new tenant will have access to a large parking lot off of Cherry Street. 

The space had been occupied by L’Armoire for 34 years, according to the narrative from the LLC’s managing partner, Rob Mallozzi. “Last July I received a call from a neighboring businesses alerting me to moving vans outside of that location; the tenant moved out without a word leaving a year left on the lease,” Mallozzi said in the letter. L’Armoire’s owner was Diane Roth.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: New Canaan Healthfare

For today’s Q&A with a local business, we hear from Margaret Wenzel, who owns New Canaan Healthfare with her husband, Jim. The Morse Court provider of organic foods—including wheat-free and gluten-free—as well as vitamins, pure cosmetics and more, is offering outside pickup and delivery in addition to its safe in-store shopping. 

Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: New Canaan Healthfare is a business in the field of health and wellness. What has it been like for you to experience the onset of the COVID-19 virus? 

Margaret Wenzel: Overwhelming. There were so many unknowns and so much fear, but we knew we were crucial to our customers.

Town Approves Street Closures for Modified ‘Sidewalk Sale’ Planned for August

The Police Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to close parts of Elm and Forest Streets to motor vehicle traffic for two days in August so that downtown merchants can set up tables and racks in the roadway for bargain-hunting shoppers. The modified “Sidewalk Sale” would take place on Friday Aug. 21 and Saturday Aug. 22, contingent on state guidance for retailers, spikes in COVID-19 virus here and approval from an administrative team that approves special events in New Canaan. Unlike the traditional Sidewalk Sale of summers past, there would be no food vendors or entertainers at the August event, no nonlocal businesses would be allowed to set up tables in the road, nonprofit organizations would not have displays out in the accustomed way, and Main Street would remain open to vehicular traffic, according to Tucker Murphy, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. 

“This is not a Sidewalk Sale here,” she told the Commission during a special meeting, held via videoconference.