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.
For this week’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from town resident Mariola Galavis of School of Rock New Canaan. The Grove Street business is open. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: Tell us what this experience of the pandemic, and health-related restrictions, has been like for School of Rock New Canaan? Mariola Galavis: We have been very lucky that we were able to stay open through the “stay-at-home” period.
For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from Suzanne Vining of Moda Training. The East Avenue studio reopened last week. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: What was the inspiration behind Moda Training and when did you open? Suzanne Vining: I have worked within the fitness industry for close to 20 years and had enough of the “one size fits all” mentality and dirty shared equipment.
For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from New Canaan resident Ariane deBraux Triay of La French Goose. The interior design company is also New Canaan-based. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: Talk to us about your own background and the inspiration for La French Goose.
Ariane deBraux Triay: I was born in France (hence the French part of my name) but raised in Greenwich and have always been wired to scan any room I enter, determine how to improve its layout and update the look. It’s literally in my DNA and designing homes is my passion.
For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from Jay Luther of Gates. The Forest Street mainstay is now open for indoor as well as outdoor dining. Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: Gates, and other local restaurants, had been compelled for months to offer food on a pickup or delivery basis only, and now we are seeing those restrictions start to lift in phases. What has this all been like for you at Gates and how are you faring?
Jay Luther: We’ve been blessed with support from everyone – our customers, the Chamber, landlord and vendors. We’re all in this together and the support has been remarkable. Chef Luis [Lopez] worked over 70 days straight and carried us through curbside pickup and delivery to bring food to New Canaan families as well as our local first responder heroes.