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?