New Spa To Open on Main Street Next Week [PHOTOS]

New Beauty & Wellness spa will open next week on Main Street opposite the Morse Court parking lot, according to the business’s owners. 

Described as a “state-of-the-art luxury medical spa” on its website, the spa will open its doors Oct. 31 at 128 Main St., the former New Balance space. “After much anticipation, the New Beauty & Wellness team is proud and excited to bring a new standard of luxury wellness to the New Canaan community, marking a significant milestone in our journey,” owners Michele and Paul Dowicz told in an email. Offerings at New Beauty include non-surgical facial treatments, medical grade facials and skincare products, injectables, massage therapy, holistic wellness treatments, lymphatic drainage/cupping/cranial sacral therapy and weight loss. Laura Budd, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said it’s “an honor that their experienced team chose New Canaan as the location to expand their business.”

“New Beauty & Wellness has already demonstrated a commitment to our community by joining the Chamber before they were even open and participating in Sidewalk Sale,” Budd said.

New Canaan Woman Launches ‘Posh,’ a High-End Consignment Shop Downtown

The idea for a high-end consignment shop had been percolating in recent years for New Canaan’s Christine Knox. 

She’d always liked beautiful things and—after earning a bachelor’s degree in art history at Skidmore College and a master’s in art history from Williams College—she went to work for about six years in the field of art, through museums and at Christie’s Auction House. “I’ve always been interested in the art field—everywhere I traveled, I could always go to museums and look at everything,” Knox told on Tuesday morning from a desk at the rear of Posh Home Décor Consignment at 33 East Ave. “I have everything here from—right over my shoulder is a 16th century Italian etching, which is very famous—everything from antiques to contemporary things. I vet things extremely carefully when they come in so that everything is sort of unique, different and good prices. Very marketable prices.

Retired NCPS Teacher Launches ‘LB Education & Life Coaching’

The idea for a business that helped kids solve problems came to LB Reddington five years ago. A teacher in New Canaan Public Schools for nearly three decades before retiring last year, Reddington had spent most of her career as a fifth-grade science teacher at Saxe Middle School, also teaching third- and-fourth graders at West School, and sixth-graders at Saxe. During that time, Reddington took professional and personal pride in helping kids solve problems, far beyond just content delivery. “Their management and their organization, and trying to draw their strengths out—you’re working in so many different supports for the kids,” Reddington said during an interview at New Canaan Library on a recent morning. “I enjoy bringing pieces together and solving problems and seeing that growth and success.”

Seeking to use what she gleaned in her 28-year career, Reddington last year launched LB Education & Life Coaching.

Sculptor Opens ‘Refine Design 3D’ Studio and Gallery on Pine Street

For Derek Uhlman, a sculptor of 40-plus years’ experience, computer-aided design or “CAD” technology has dramatically changed the artist’s ability to visualize ideas and make them a reality. A Michigan native who trained as an apprentice under Reuben Nakian and earned his first major commission in 1982 from the General Food Corporation (a 37,000-pound marble sculpture), Uhlman also acknowledges that 3D design and fabrication also have “accelerated the design and visualization process, so an idea can form much quicker.”

“There are aesthetic struggles in the fine arts,” Uhlman told on Monday afternoon. “One of the things about 3D printed objects is that they are geometrically perfect because the CAD system is very, very precise. Thousandths of an inch or thousandths of a millimeter if you want it to be. One of the beauties of a handmade artwork is its handmade characteristics.

Who Knew: Taking the Eight Sandwich Challenge

‘Who Knew?’ is sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market. Once upon a time, men dressed like Cary Grant, and sandwiches were what people ate for lunch. From kindergarten classrooms to corporate boardrooms, one could observe people at midday consuming an ingeniously portable combination of ‘bread’ and ‘things.’ There was an order to life, and while I’m not suggesting that correlation is causation, it’s worth noting that, back when we all ate sandwiches, nobody wore Celtics jerseys on airplanes or flossed their teeth on the subway. 

Perhaps it’s a profusion of choice–granted, much of it positive and health-minded—that’s gotten us away from such norms. Kindergarteners, if Instagram is to be believed, now dine on elaborate bento boxes of hand-shelled edamame, hummus, and gluten-free, organic pretzels. Office folks can now Uber Eats an uninspired hexagonal tub from Sweetgreen, undertip the guy in the lobby, and sprint back to volley emails into oblivion. 

It’s also the sandwich’s fault, or at least the modern fast-casual incarnation of the sandwich’s fault, that our ardor for a handheld square of lunchtime bliss has cooled. Have you ever been to a Panera?