COVID-19 and Local Businesses: Your CBD Store New Canaan

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we hear from Anthony Pisano of Your CBD Store New Canaan. The shop recently opened on Elm Street. Here’s our exchange. 

New Canaanite: You just opened last week. What has the early response been like to Your CBD Store New Canaan? Anthony Pisano: Early response has been that this has been a need in New Canaan.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: School of Rock New Canaan

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.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Moda Training

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.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Gates

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.