‘Core Burn Pilates’ Coming To Park Street

A pilates studio is planned for a commercial space in downtown New Canaan, according to an application that is to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday. Core Burn Pilates is to be located in the former L’Amoire space at 102 Park St., according to applications for approval of a sign out front of the prominent brick-exterior building and site plan to allow a change in use from retail to personal services. According to a narrative filed on behalf of property owner Caroline Realty LLC, nothing is changing with the building and the new tenant will have access to a large parking lot off of Cherry Street. 

The space had been occupied by L’Armoire for 34 years, according to the narrative from the LLC’s managing partner, Rob Mallozzi. “Last July I received a call from a neighboring businesses alerting me to moving vans outside of that location; the tenant moved out without a word leaving a year left on the lease,” Mallozzi said in the letter. L’Armoire’s owner was Diane Roth.

Clothing Shop on Park Street Closes

A women’s clothing shop on Park Street is closing, according to its owner. After saying that L’Armoire would undergo a renovation, Diane Roth conceded in a Facebook post Thursday night that the business at 102 Park St. is at “the end.”

“Thank you for your patronage and thank you L’Armoire for making women more beautiful,” the Facebook post said. Much of the shop’s merchandise had been removed from the commercial space this week and signs advertising a 75% off sale appeared in its window. Asked about the signs, workers at the store said Monday that it was L’Armoire’s regular spring sale.

‘We Felt It Immediately’: Downtown Merchants on the Loss of Parking Spaces on Elm Street

One month after town officials preliminarily “lined out” a new parking configuration on Elm Street that loses downtown New Canaan more than a dozen spaces, some merchants say the change already is having a dramatic effect on business. Though parking woes already were aired daily by customers, the new scheme that includes a legally required 25-foot buffer zone between a crosswalk and parking space “has had an immediate impact,” according to Maxine Berg, owner of Jade, a popular luxury fashion fitness boutique at 7 Elm St. “We felt it immediately, the minute those spaces were taken,” said Berg, who purchases parking permits for the Center School Lot for herself and staff at the shop. “Especially on my part of Elm. There were four, five spaces.”

Prompted by a resident’s formal complaint about New Canaan’s non-compliance with what appears to be a seldom-observed state law, the town rather suddenly in mid-July was compelled to eliminate 13 parking spaces on Elm Street, which has five crosswalks.

Did You Hear … ?

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan kicked off its 2016 season on Friday evening with a Broadway Stars gala featuring Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, held at the Woodway Country Club. O’Hara was joined by fellow Broadway stars David Friedman, Robin de Jesus, Janelle Robinson, Jodi Stevens and Chip Zien. Scroll through the gallery above for images from the evening, including performances. ***

We’re hearing that Democratic Registrar of Voters George Cody won backing from New Canaan Democrats at Tuesday evening’s caucus, held at Town Hall. For the first time since his election to the office in 1994, Cody this time faced a challenger for the position, from fellow New Canaanite Bernard Simpkin.

Did You Hear … ?

Angelina Hubertus (December 20, 2015) 8-year-old pianist playing Mozart ” Rondol Alla Turca”

Turkish March

Congratulations to West School third-grader Angelina Hubertus, 8, who on Dec. 20 played at Carnegie Hall (see video above). Though she’s only played piano for three years, the New Canaan resident this year was the “Honorable Winner” of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. In addition to Music, Angelina loves skating, swimming, tennis and golf, and is a member of New Canaan YMCA basketball Junior Eagle team. New Canaanite readers may remember her from an article that ran this past summer, after a 300-year-old apple tree fell on an Oenoke Ridge Road property.