Podcast: Chamber Director Laura Budd on This Weekend’s Sidewalk Sale



This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Laura Budd, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, about the Sidewalk Sale, which will be held this Saturday, July 17th, on Elm and Forest Streets, after local merchants kick it off outside their storefronts on Friday. We hear from Laura about what to expect this year in terms of vendors, as well as activities, food, and Sidewalk Sale do’s and don’ts. All parking is free on Saturday. The Sidewalk Sale is sponsored by William Raveis. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Podcast: Zumbach’s Coffee Owner Doug Zumbach

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Doug Zumbach, owner of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee at Pine and Grove Streets downtown, and founder of Caffeine & Carburetors, the popular car show that is to return to New Canaan at Waveny this October, after taking a year off due to COVID-19. Zumbach tells us how his business navigated the pandemic and what the community response has been like, and he hints that there may be more than one Caffeine & Carburetors this year. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Dunkin Donuts To Move Across Elm Street

The Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved plans that will allow Dunkin Donuts to move across Elm Street, to a commercial space next to The Playhouse. Currently located at 88 Elm St., Dunkins is to move to the far side of the midblock crosswalk to number 105, according to a site plan application filed with the town. The “new” Dunkin Donuts will have an updated look and more room for customers, according to James Cain, representing the applicant. “It’s basically just a nicer, upscale design,” he told members of P&Z at their regular meeting, held via videoconference. Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations, permitted uses for properties in the Retail A Zone with site plan approval include “[r]estaurants, excluding any designed or intended in whole or in part for food service to, or consumption by, patrons in motor vehicles on the premises” (see page 73 here).

Podcast: ‘Swirl’ Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Sonny Yi

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Sonny Yi, the well-known owner-on-site of Swirl, a frozen yogurt shop on Cherry Street that just turned 10 years old, and spent the stretch of that time navigating the pandemic, outlasting a nearly 60% decline in revenue at one point and changing his operation meet the public health restrictions that just now are lifting. 

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New Salon ‘Luscious & Co.’ Coming to Main Street

The owner of a full-service hair salon that’s already seen great success in its first Fairfield County location is planning to open on Main Street in New Canaan. Liz Arindell, owner of Luscious & Co., said the space at 107 Main St. “will feature a beautiful environment where our guests can entrust their hair, color, and extension needs with our expert staff.”

“With ammonia-free color, a healthy hair promise, and an eye for excellence, we think you’re going to love it here,” Arindell told NewCanaanite.com in an email when asked about the new local business. Arindell said she’s “so excited to be a part of this amazing community.”

Luscious & Co opened its doors in 2014 in Shelton “with just a few small chairs and team members, and has since expanded to over 4,000 square feet with 30 amazing team members,” Arindell said. “Although we’ve been named the ‘Best Salon in Connecticut’ by CT Magazine, and are a seven-time recipient of The Knot’s best of beauty award, our greatest accomplishment has been serving amazing women throughout the Connecticut area,” she said.