New Canaan businesses are the lifeblood not just of the “Magic Circle” downtown and other hubs of arts and commerce, but also are critical drivers and supporters of community events, human services and preserving the character of “The Next Station to Heaven.” In this section, we spotlight New Canaan businesses and profile their owners, in long-form interviews and spot features, celebrating our anchor businesses and welcoming those new to town.

Recent Articles

‘The Time To Do This Is Now’: New Canaan Mom To Launch New Podiatry Practice Downtown

New Canaan resident Dr. Jennifer Tauber has been a working mom ever since she became a mother. A Wilton native, she’d already earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College and doctorate of podiatric medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine when she married and then moved here 15 years ago. Tauber completed her residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, and after just a few years settled into her second job in podiatry, joining the staff of a small practice in Bethel for a 12-year stint that would help provide a foundation in her chosen field. Pregnant when she started at Bethel Podiatry, Tauber worked through the births of her two daughters—now fifth- and seventh-graders at Saxe Middle School—reducing her work schedule somewhat for a time, to one day per week, before returning full-time. Continue Reading →

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Winter Storm Hub: What’s Open and Closed, Snowfall Totals, Outages, Photos

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Update 8:20 p.m.

The number of New Canaan homes without power jumped to 1,953, according to Eversource, nearly one-quarter of the utility’s customers in town. According to Emergency Management Director Mike Handler, the Emergency Operations Center is now coordinating all response efforts. There are about 75 roads in town blocked with downed trees and power lines, Handler said in a town-wide call. “All lines are assumed to be live and dangerous,” he said. “Given the condition of our roadways, we ask that you remain home and shelter in place.”

Call (203) 594-3500 with all non-emergencies and reserve 911 for true life-threatening emergencies. If you lose power, please report it to Eversource at (800) 286-2000. 

Metro-North is reporting that the New Canaan Branch as well as between South Norwalk and New Haven train service has been suspended. The Merritt Parkway is closed northbound in the area of exit 36. Update 7:45 p.m.

New Canaan Public Schools are cancelled Thursday due to damage caused by the winter storm. Continue Reading →

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Chocolate Truffles, Baked Goods, Candy and More: ‘The Carbon Chocolate Workshop’ To Open Thursday on Pine Street

Drew Salko’s lifelong love for cooking really started paying off when he went to college. Studying finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia, the Southport native began baking and serving ice cream for friends stressed about homework and finals, even brewing his own wine and beer. As a senior, he started making chocolate. “I just got a small chocolate grinder for my apartment and began making different single-origin chocolate and figuring out which cacao beans I liked, from Madagascar or Venezuela,” Salko recalled on a recent afternoon. On Thursday, Salko will open The Carbon Chocolate Workshop on Pine Street at Pine Street Concessions—the first time his fledgling enterprise, launched 18 months ago, will have a permanent location. Continue Reading →

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Town Looking To Create Part-Time ‘Parking Ambassadors’ for the Downtown

New Canaan’s highest elected official said Thursday that the town is looking at designating new “parking ambassadors” who would help direct motorists to available spaces downtown. To be part-time and paid out the Parking Bureau budget, the parking ambassadors would be especially useful in directing out-of-towners to paid lots such as at Morse Court and Park Street, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. “Because there is parking available on any given day, and if we can encourage people to go and park either in the Park Street lot or the Morse Court lot, parking, we won’t have so many people being frustrated, saying they can’t find parking,” Moynihan said during a media briefing held in his office at Town Hall. He added: “You go to Westport on any given day, you can park. You go to Darien you can find parking to go to lunch. Continue Reading →

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‘Upper Crust Bagels’ To Open in Former Bruegger’s Space in New Canaan

A locally owned bakery and café that’s developed a loyal following after 20 years in business one town away is set to open a new shop in the former Bruegger’s Bagels location in downtown New Canaan. Upper Crust Bagels signed a lease Wednesday and will open in one to two months, according to owner Charlie Sahlia. Sahlia said he’s been hoping to open in New Canaan for a long time but has found rental rates on Elm and Main Streets cost-prohibitive. The town is “very family-oriented, with a lot of kids and there are businesses there we can cater to,” Sahlia said. “But what we pride ourselves in creating at Upper Crust is it’s a ‘neighborhoody,’ healthier alternative to lunch and breakfast,” he told Continue Reading →

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