‘Spicing Up’ New Canaan: Grand Opening of Spice and Tea Exchange Set for Friday

The New Canaanite 2024 Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Karp Associates. A melting pot of countries, exotic flavors and aromatic spices exists here, in our very own backyard. Enter the Spice and Tea Exchange, nestled downtown in the middle of Main Street. 

Pulling open the front doors invites a journey for the senses: displays abundant with clear glass jars housing colorful contents; a strong aroma of fragrant spices wafting through the air; and a soft bubbling noise emanating from the tea dispensers in the back, which contain the week’s newest selections. The Spice & Tea Exchange is a franchise that has been in business for about 16 years, growing out of a mom-and-pop store, said store owner Pam Robinson. “This is the 92nd store to open,” Robinson said.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police at 4:29 a.m. on June 29 received a report of a burglary from a Parade Hill Road residence. Items were reportedly taken from the kitchen and a vehicle was stolen from the driveway. 


There’s a new “New Canaan Darien + Rowayton” magazine on the racks. ***

Check out former New Canaan Library Director Lisa Oldham’s travel blog. ***

New Canaan resident Steve Haberstroh, whose mother Patty passed away last year following a six-year battle with ALS, was one of eight competitors in a 100-hole match play golf challenge held June 18 at Great River in Milford, raising money to fight the disease. All of the golfers competing had been impacted by ALS (Haberstroh’s two-man team won the golf portion).

DUI Charge for Man, 32

Police after midnight Sunday arrested a 32-year-old Wilton man and charged him with driving under the influence. 

At about 12:15 a.m. on July 7, an officer stopped a vehicle he spotted speeding and swerving in the area of Old Stamford and Jelliff Mill Roads, according to a police report. During the stop, the officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, the report said. The man was charged after undergoing field sobriety tests, it said. He refused to provide a breath sample to establish his blood-alcohol level, police said. Police additionally cited him for failure to drive right.

Letter to the Editor

NewCanaanite.com recently received the following letter. Emails letters to editor@newcanaanite.com to have them published here. 



On behalf of the Family Fireworks Committee, I would like to thank all who supported the 43rd Annual New Canaan Family Fireworks Celebration at Waveny Park by purchasing an entrance pass and attending this Independence Day celebration.  

The fireworks show was spectacular. It was another memorable celebration….an outstanding evening of family fun, wonderful music, great food and a fantastic fireworks display. Your financial support makes this great New Canaan tradition possible; whether you drove in or walked in, thank you for buying an entrance pass.  

We offer a big thank you to the New Canaan Family Fireworks volunteer Committee (George Benington, Jordan Cerbone, Scott Cluett, Chris Cody, Sven Englund, Wendy Dixon Fog, Win Goodrich, Sue Holland, John Howe, Suzanne Jonker, Russ Kimes, Tucker Murphy, Andrew Walsh, Maria Weingarten, and Pat Wood) as well as all of the following; the show could not have gone on without their endless energy, hard work and commitment:

Police Department
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Fire Department and Fire Marshal
Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Town Band and Mind the Gap Band
Parking, Parks, Public Works, Recreation and Information Technology Departments
The Exchange Club of New Canaan
Master of Ceremonies Dan Taylor
Our special benefactors
The fourteen gourmet food trucks
The volunteers who worked from early morning, to very late at night, to set up and take down all of the necessary infrastructure and equipment. 

A special thank you to Walter Stewart’s Market for selling entrance passes and to the local print and on-line papers for getting the word out about the event.  

As usual, the Police and CERT volunteers did a wonderful job handling the traffic flow; the park was nearly empty about 30 minutes after the fireworks ended.  

And I offer special kudos, as always, to our Recreation Staff, led by John Howe, (Zack Philippas, Steve Dayton, Butch Landon, Bea Watkins, and Deborah DiMuzio) and the Parks Department led by Todd Deklyn and Ryan Restivo for their tireless efforts in creating a quintessential Independence Day celebration. 

Please send any comments, thoughts and suggestions for next year to me at Town Hall. 

Tom Stadler, Chairman – New Canaan Family Fireworks 

‘Sidewalk Sale’ Set for Saturday, July 20 [Q&A]

One of the community’s most anticipated summer traditions—the annual Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale downtown—is coming Saturday, July 20. We put some questions to Laura Budd, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, ahead of the big sale. 

Here’s our exchange. ***

What are some of the highlights of this year’s Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 20? The event is special because it reflects a full community effort. Along with great deals from amazing retailers you can check in with some of our favorite non-profits, hear music from local bands, enjoy food from many of our restaurants and cafes and the YMCA will have its amazing Family Entertainment Zone at the Elm/Main intersection. 

What happens on Friday, the day before the official Sidewalk Sale?