Biz on Biz: The Candy Scoop Brings Italian Ices Back to New Canaan

The Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, Connecticut Sandwich Co., Joe’s Pizza and Mackenzie’s. On a recent afternoon, we poked our head into New Canaan Music for another edition of our Biz on Biz feature, where we ask one local merchant to pick a personal favorite item or service at another shop. This time we talked with store owner Phil Williams to hear what items or services in town caught New Canaan Music’s eye. As it turned out, it was the chilling Italian ices at their neighbor’s shop, The Candy Scoop, that yielded the most praise. “We like the Italian ices over at Candy Scoop because they’re great and our students love them—there’s nothing better after a music lesson than an Italian ice,” Mr. Williams said.

Biz on Biz: Island Outfitters Loves the Jewelry, Handbags at She la la

For this installment of “Biz on Biz”—where we wander into a New Canaan businesses and ask the people who work there for a personal favorite item or service at another downtown biz—we came upon the staff in Island Outfitters at 80 Main St. The clothing and accessories store—one of seven, the company is headquartered in Newport, R.I.—is marking 20 years in 2014. Inside, manager Ann Donovan told us she that one of her favorite spots for shopping in New Canaan is She la la at 120 Main. “They have cute jewelry and they do monogramming on handbags, and they’re great for giving as gifts for people,” Donovan said. The cross-body handbags at She la la come in about 10 different colors and are among the most popular that the store carries, manager Virginia Utley said.

Biz on Biz: Potpourri on Benny at Solé

For this installment of “Biz on Biz”—a regular feature where we ask people who work in downtown New Canaan to tell us about a favorite product, service (or anything else) at another business—we ventured into women’s boutique Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs, just past the Playhouse on Elm. There we found Victoria Larkin, a town resident for 24 years who works as a floor supervisor at the clothing and accessories shop. The first thing that came to mind? Benny, the host at next-door neighbor Solé Ristorante. “I don’t know Benny’s last name.

Biz on Biz: Swirl on Village Critter Outfitter

In this, our “Biz on Biz” feature, we ask an owner or employee at one New Canaan business to tell us about a favorite thing at another business: an item, a quality, a service, anything. So when Sonny Yi, on-site owner of the popular FroYo purveyor Swirl, told us that he loves the way fellow Cherry Street merchant Shirleen Dubuque, owner of Village Critter Outfitter, deals with her customers, we pressed Yi for more specifics. “A few days ago, there was a lost dog, in the parking lot here,” Yi said, pointing out the window. “It was a family that actually stopped into our store. There were like four kids and one adult so it was kind of crazy, and when the kids jumped out of the car, the dog must’ve come out too, but they didn’t realize.

Biz on Biz: Life Aquatic on Station Eats Cheeseburger (Extra Hot Peppers)


For this installment of Biz on Biz, we asked Bobby Johnson, livestock manager at Life Aquatic on South Avenue (across from the Mobil, near Mackenzie’s) to tell us about a favorite item or service at another New Canaan business. His answer: cheeseburger from Station Eats down the street, with lettuce, pickles, extra hot peppers and fries on the side. “I like the burger, they make it well,” said Johnston, a Fairfield resident. “It’s made in front of you and all natural. Just a very well-taken-care-of place.”

The cheeseburgers are popular and getting extra pickles is “fairly common,” Station Eats line cook Cesar Suero said, “because they give you a kind of spice, because the cheeseburgers have a kind of mild cheese.”

“When I first tried one, it’s like I can’t eat them anywhere else anymore.