Local Merchants

In New Canaan, local merchants aren’t just people who sell us things: They’re our neighbors, our high school classmates, our kids’ youth sports coaches, our friends and often they’re the first people in town to give of their time, expertise, products and services to support human services organizations here.

Recent Articles

Starting Thursday, Walter Stewart’s Customers May Direct ‘T-Bill’ Rewards Savings To Tropical Storm Harvey Aid

New Canaan’s oldest retail establishment is setting up a system through which it will aid those displaced and otherwise devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas. Walter Stewart’s Market from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 is holding a special “T-Bill Donations Day,” through which customers participating in the business’s rewards program will be able to donate their balances to the American Red Cross and AmeriCares. Stewart’s will match all cash that is raised in the effort. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: New Canaan Music Settles in on Main Street

As New Canaan families return to town for sports practices and the start of the school, musicians and those learning how to play instruments will have a brand-new hub for musical activities. New Canaan Music spent much of August moving into its newly renovated, expanded home at 90 Main St.—a brightly lit, inviting space that had served for a few years as the temporary Post Office. “We love the new space,” New Canaan Music owner Phil Williams said on a recent afternoon. “Just being on Main Street is wonderful, it’s awesome.”

The shop—a combination of retail in front with lesson rooms in the back—has a larger space to showcase its merchandise and has made use of it, in part, by offering the full line of Squier guitars, including their Classic Vibes from Fender for electric guitars. “We are adding more acoustic guitars—our acoustic guitars are going to be better—and we have twice as many lesson rooms as we had before with bigger, better soundproofing,” he said. Continue Reading →

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‘Catherine H’ Opens at South and Elm in Downtown New Canaan

An established women’s “lifestyle boutique” featuring casual yet chic clothing, shoes and accessories has opened in one of downtown New Canaan’s most conspicuous commercial spaces, at the corner of South Avenue and Elm Street. With one location in Katonah, N.Y., Catherine H opened at 48 Elm St. following suggestions from many of the shop’s Connecticut clients, according to assistant store manager Marsha Miranda. Founded and owned by Catherine Hiriart, Catherine H is a good fit for New Canaan because “the town is charming, and has a small town feel with an added touch of sophistication,” Miranda said. “The area draws clients who are looking for a shopping experience, that it isn’t found in a mall, but where specialty stores are found.”

Asked about Catherine H’s offerings, Miranda said Hiriart “doesn’t follow the trends.”

“Instead, she picks timeless garments that are unique and special,” Miranda said. Continue Reading →

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Prominent Elm Street Commercial Building Is Sold

The commercial space at 124 Elm St.—for years and until recently the home of Pennyweights, which moved a few doors down—sold this month for $1,616,000. According to town tax records, the property on Aug. 9 transferred between the limited liability companies 124 Elm LLC and Tres Amigos 124 Elm St LLC. The new ownership company’s principal is Elizabeth Elliott, according to records on file with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. Elliott, owner of women’s clothing shop More ‘N’ More next door and Shoes ‘N’ More across the street, could not immediately be reached for comment. Continue Reading →

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‘Taste of the Town Stroll’ Benefitting Food Pantry, Lions Club Set for Thursday Evening

The weather forecast calls for clear, sunny skies on Thursday for New Canaan’s annual Taste of the Town Stroll. A “food-raiser” for the New Canaan Food Pantry that this year will double as a benefit for the Lions Club (see below), the Taste of the Town Stroll is to be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24. Sponsored exclusively by Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties and organized by the Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event downtown will feature 24 participating shops and restaurants “that are going to provide food or a taste of some sort,” Chamber Executive Director Tucker Murphy said. “A new feature this year is that we partnered with the Lions Club so not only can people bring a food donation but you can bring gently used eyeglasses or hearing aids that will be refurbished and donated to people that need them,” she said. Continue Reading →

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