‘It’s Like Christmas Has Come Early’: New Canaan Businesses Start To Reopen

Shoppers on Wednesday took to downtown New Canaan in greater numbers than they had in weeks, as several “non-essential” retail stores reopened, with public health precautions, for the first time in more than two months. Asked how she felt about the milestone in New Canaan’s phased reopening, a gradual process guided by both state and local officials, regular downtown shopper Caroline Stuart said, “Woo-hoo.”

“It’s like Christmas has come early,” the Weston resident said while shopping inside J. McLaughlin on Elm Street. “I’m thrilled. We get to go back. We get to interact with people.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Against The Grain

For today’s Q&A with a local business, we interviewed Against The Grain owner Chris Meier. The Main Street business (here on Instagram), selling handcrafted gifts and furniture, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and offers FaceTime interactions as well as shipping and delivery, and curbside pickup. Here’s our interview. How are you doing? Chris Meier: Like all businesses, it has definitely been an adjustment period.

‘Discover New Canaan’ Launch Party

Spring is almost here and Treasure Hunt Tours feel that getting to know and support downtown – whether you are a resident or visitor is essential. That’s why we created a seasonal brochure, which will appeal to adults and kids and encourage them to walk, rediscover, shop and eat. This was an intensive labor of love, and as such we invite you to celebrate the official release at Against The Grain on Friday, March 22nd between 6-8pm. Wine, beer & snacks will be served!