This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Rick Franco, an owner of Francos Wine Merchants on Elm Street who had served for decades on the New Canaan Parking Commission. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:
After voluntarily shutting down for two weeks—the first in its 87-year history—Francos Wine Merchants is set to open Tuesday under a new schedule and operating model. The Elm Street mainstay’s new hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). It’s offering free local delivery in addition to curbside service. What follows is our Q&A with Carl Franco (see additional business information at bottom). New Canaanite: You all are known in this community well beyond the wine shop itself.
[Editor’s Note: During the town emergency due to COVID-19, NewCanaanite.com is publishing a daily Q&A with a local business navigating major changes in the community.]
Carl Franco of Francos Wine Merchants on Elm Street responded to our COVID-19-related questions. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: What has the past week been like for you and the market/wine shop? We are seeing fewer customers thru the door and more via Internet or phone. What changes are you seeing in customer/client behavior?
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan resident Kevin Mardorf. After tasting his first craft beer at a New Canaan Nature Center event, Mardorf about eight years ago founded Fests LLC, an events company whose brands include CTBeer.com and BeerFests.com. His business has grown exponentially, with more than 100 events per year and hundreds of thousands of social media followers.
This week’s podcast is sponsored by Francos Wine Merchants, New Canaan’s fine wine and spirit shop since 1933. Browse their wine, bourbon and single malt scotch and order online at FrancosWine.com for home delivery. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:
Carl Franco’s first thought on unearthing the stash of curled, cracked back-and-white photographs 15 years ago was that they must’ve been taken during a long-ago Memorial Day Parade. He’d been cleaning out his house—which has been in the Franco family since the 1940s—in preparation for a renovation, and came upon the photographs in the attic.
Then he saw that they were dated. “So I knew it wasn’t May,” Franco said. “It was in September 1919. So I looked it up, wondering what parade would it have been.”
The photos were taken in downtown New Canaan on Sept.