‘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.

Gofer Ice Cream To Open Wednesday in Downtown New Canaan

Following months of anticipation and an extensive interior renovation, Gofer Ice Cream is to open Wednesday in the Main Street commercial space formerly occupied by Baskin-Robbins, according to the business’s owner. For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to franchisee Jordan Savitt, who owns the Gofer at 103 Main St. with his wife, Dina. 

It will be open 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. seven days per week (12 p.m. on Saturdays). 

As we learn from Savitt, customers as per health officials can are not yet allowed inside the ice cream shop, but can get their sweet treats through a safe kiosk at the door, or else phone in an order (203-594-1342) or have it delivered through Uber Eats or GrubHub. Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: How are you feeling on the eve of your opening in New Canaan?

Gofer Ice Cream On Track To Open in One Month

Gofer Ice Cream is on track to open downtown in late-March or early-April, according to the business’s owner. The final major piece of the interior renovation at 103 Main St. that’s been underway since January is a granite countertop, said franchisee Jordan Savitt, who owns the business with his wife, Dina. “I am over-the-top excited to be going to such a great town like New Canaan,” the North Stamford resident told NewCanaanite.com. “We have already had some New Canaan people coming into our Darien location, and a lot of New Canaan kids applying online, so I am very excited to open our ice cream store at a perfect time.”

Gofer has operated in the area for 17 years, and the Savitts already own and operate both Darien and Wilton locations.

‘Gofer Ice Cream’ To Open in Baskin Robbins Space This Spring

An ice cream franchise that’s served the area for 17 years is taking over the Baskin Robbins space in downtown New Canaan, officials say. Gofer Ice Cream is on track to open in the spring at 103 Main St., according to a press release from the company. Owners Jordan and Dina Savitt had purchased a Darien location in 2016 and they also own and operate a Gofer shop in Wilton, according to a company press release. “My wife and I are overly excited to bring Gofer Ice Cream to the hallowed ground where Baskin Robbins was located for so many years,” Jordan Savitt said in the release. “We hope the community will enjoy our ice cream of more than 40 different flavors, our famous Razzle and many other wonderful products that Gofer has to offer.”

Baskin Robbins closed last month after local owner Anna Valente-Krolikowski retired. 

Jay Ragusa, founder of Gofer Ice Cream, said in the release, “All involved are excited to bring the Gofer Ice Cream brand to this family friendly community.