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

Meet Eva Pace, NewCanaanite.com NCHS Senior Intern

Tuesday marks what has become a major occasion in both New Canaan High School and downtown New Canaan: The start of the Senior Internship Program. This year, 94 percent of the senior class at NCHS is participating in the massively popular program that sees local and area businesses host the teens as working interns for the final month of the academic year. Overnight, hundreds of high school seniors roving NCHS hallways in flip-flops as graduation and summer draw near are relocated from Farm Road to the cash registers and cubicles of downtown New Canaan, sporting business casual wear for what often is their first work experience. (In fact, the number-one “employer” in the program is New Canaan Public Schools.)

Our senior intern this year is Eva Pace, a former NCHS Courant editor who will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall. For the next four weeks, Eva will attend public meetings and events, interview residents and officials, snap photos and publish her work on our news site—please say ‘Hello’ if you see her working around town. Continue Reading →

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Organika Kitchen’ on Main Street To Open This Month

Organika Kitchen, a vegan and vegetarian foods provider, is less than two weeks from opening its New Canaan store at Main Street and East Avenue, according to an owner of the popular business. Dimitri Pantzos said the 96 Main St. store, formerly Kaahve coffee shop, will include a large “grab-and-go” fridge for people eating on the go, as well a “a full salad bar, hot bar so you can build your own salads and build your own protein bowls.”

“I am really excited,” Pantzos said. “I love meeting new people and every day that I’m here more people are popping in, peeking their head inside. It’s awesome to see everyone. Continue Reading →

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Embody Opens Second New Canaan Location Inside Oxygen Fitness

More than one year after opening its New Canaan store on Forest Street, Embody Fitness Gourmet is launching a second “satellite” location inside a hugely popular boutique wellness and fitness facility across town. At the new location at Oxygen Fitness on Pine Street, Embody will sell its signature protein shakes and juices, as well as a “good selection” of gourmet salads and snacks, according to founder and owner Gillen Bryan. “We know Oxygen has a great reputation and certainly a lot of the members and instructors had already come to us, so when we talked to [Oxygen Fitness owners] David and Sara [Koch] about taking over to provide a great offering at Oxygen, it wasn’t really a tough decision,” Bryan said. The public will be able to access the Oxygen Fitness store directly inside the Pine Street facility’s main doors, with a soft opening this week and a Grand Opening later in the month, he said. Sara Koch said the introduction of Embody at Oxygen’s expanding “fitness campus” was designed to bring more options to members and others. Continue Reading →

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Aquarium Store ‘Life Aquatic’ To Move from South Avenue to Park Street

After more than seven years on South Avenue, New Canaan’s full-service aquarium store is moving one block away downtown, to the former Radio Shack space on Park Street. Life Aquatic’s owner, Randy Jahier, said he’s very excited about switching to “a much bigger location.”

“I am going to expand my offerings,” Jahier told NewCanaanite.com. “I am primarily saltwater now, so I am going to be going more heavily into freshwater and freshwater plants and upkeep and accessories.”

The move will take place Sept. 1 and Jahier said Life Aquatic will be open through the transition. The new location at 94 Park St. Continue Reading →

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Chef Prasad’ Indian Restaurant To Open This Month

Chef Prasad, the Indian restaurant going in at 62 Main St. in New Canaan, likely will open for takeout and delivery in the third week of May, and offer full dining service in the days that follow, according to the business’s owner. Prasad Chirnomula said he’s “super excited” to train the kitchen and floor staff to his liking and will soft-open within two weeks. The completely renovated space—new black-and-white checkerboard floor, new ceiling, walls, furniture and decor—used to house “India,” Chirnomula’s eatery that closed in December. Owner of longtime New Canaan favorite Thali down the street before that, Chirnomula said Chef Prasad offers a different vibe from India. Continue Reading →

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