Holiday Shopping 2023: Stewart’s Wine & Spirits

For today’s installment of our local holiday shopping series, we met up with Larry Klem, store manager at Stewart’s Wine & Spirits. Here’s our conversation. ***

New Canaanite: Tell me about Stewart’s Wine & Spirits and its customers. Larry Klem: We have a really, I would say, vibrant customer base. Pretty wine savvy customers.

Dooney & Bourke is coming to South and Elm. Credit: Michael Dinan

Luxury Leather Goods Store ‘Dooney & Bourke’ Coming to Elm Street

A luxury leather goods store is coming to downtown New Canaan. Norwalk-based Dooney & Bourke, maker of bags and accessories, is moving into the vacant space at the corner of South Avenue and Elm Street, according to signs going up on the building. 

The company has “fostered a relationship with premier European craftsmen, refining techniques to create high performance materials with enduring quality,” according to its website. “The entrepreneurial spirit of Dooney & Bourke remains. We are privately run, independent, and dedicated to the exceptional artisanal craftsmanship that has separated our brand from its competitors.”

The space at 66 Elm St. has been vacant since Heather Gaudio Fine Art moved to Greenwich in September. 

Dooney & Bourke was founded in Norwalk in 1975 by Peter Dooney as a purveyor of belts, suspenders and small leather goods, according to its website.

Holiday Shopping 2023: No. 299

For today’s installment of our local holiday shopping series, we stopped into the home and gift shop No. 299 on Main Street. 

Here’s a transcription of our conversation with owner Jackie Fucigna. ***

New Canaanite: Please give us some background on No. 299 and a general idea of what people can find here. Jackie Fucigna: The business started about 12 years ago in my garage and just grew organically from there.

Holiday Shopping 2023: The Glass House Design Store

For this new installment of our local holiday shopping series, we visited  The Glass House Design Store at 199 Elm St. There, we spoke to Dominica Baharian, manager of the Design Store and the Visitor Center, and Christa Carr, communications director for The Glass House. Here’s a transcript of our conversation. ***

New Canaanite: Could you please give us an overview of the Design Store? What can people find here and how does it fit into The Glass House program?