‘Patisserie Salzburg’ Bakery To Open Sept. 18 on Elm Street 

A European-style café offering a wide range of fresh-baked goods is on track to open Sept. 18 in the heart of downtown New Canaan, according to its owner. Patisserie Salzburg will open at 25 Elm St., according to co-owner Par Shakiban, who launched the business 26 years ago in Rye, N.Y. and has another location in Stamford, where he lives. “I am very, very excited because a lot of people from New Canaan, they did travel to my other locations and they are giving me a very positive response,” he told NewCanaanite.com. “I think New Canaan needs a good European-style pastry and baked goods shop and we hope we are going to fill in that gap there.”

Shakiban owns Patisserie Salzburg with Albana Murati, also of Stamford.

‘It’s a Great Community’: Adirondack Store Opens on Elm Street

One of New Canaan’s longstanding and beloved retail shops has reopened in the heart of the downtown. 

The Adirondack Store had closed its New Canaan location after a successful 15-year run, and following a Grand Opening weekend is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in a newly renovated space. “We are excited to be back,” Rahul Saito told NewCanaanite.com Monday morning from the street-level of the shop at 39 Elm St. “People have been just wonderful,” he said. “The community has embraced us and missed us, actually, which has been great to hear.”

First opened in Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1955, the Adirondack Store had a New Canaan location from 1995 to 2009, when it closed due to differences with its landlord at the time, officials have said. The new store occupies the two-level former Family Britches space (that shop is now on Main Street) and includes a café in addition to the Adirondack Store’s signature range of gifts, glassware, pillows and home decor items.

Asked what brought him and Stephen Shin back, Saito said, “I think that a lot of the people who have homes in the surrounding area have second or third homes up in Lake Placid, so the connection didn’t really leave at all, ever.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: The Artful Mix

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from New Canaan resident Suzanne Nardi of The Artful Mix. The Elm Street gift and fine art shop is offering online shopping and free delivery in addition to its regular store hours. 

Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: You took over at The Artful Mix—then Ally-Bally-Bee—in early 2019, and then one year later the COVID-19 pandemic hit. What has this been like for you? Suzanne Nardi: It has been very challenging trying to navigate the new normal with such a young brand.

‘So Long Summer Sale’ Launches Downtown

A welcome sight returned to downtown New Canaan amid the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, as more than two dozen local merchants took to the sidewalks to sell their wares at bargains in a modified version of the traditional Sidewalk Sale. Designed as a socially distanced and scaled-down version of the bustling midsummer event, the first-ever So Long Summer Sale saw mask-wearing bargain-hunters peruse racks and tables on the one-way stretches of Elm and Forest Streets, both closed to motor vehicle traffic. Laura Budd, who is taking over as executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said the organization was “thrilled with the turnout.”

“Shoppers have been streaming in all day and we have 100% mask compliance,” she said. “We have been in constant contact with all the Merchants out on the street and they feel the event has struck the right balance of business and safety. The weather  looks great for tomorrow and we will have a few new vendors  joining us so we look forward to seeing new and returning shoppers.”

The So Long Summer Sale will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. again on Saturday.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Le Boudoir

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from El Mamoune Tazi of Le Boudoir. The blow dry bar opened five years ago on Main Street. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: The past several months have been very difficult for many businesses. How are you doing at Le Boudoir?