Suburban Couture on Main Street To Close July 31; New Canaan Ski and Sport Moving In

After more than four years on Main Street, clothing and accessories shop Suburban Couture at month’s end will close its doors for good, according to its owner. Meri Hopkinson called the decision to close her store “bittersweet.”

“We feel the climate of retail is changing in general, and although we love the town and we feel that people support the town, we feel that the online presence is bigger than the brick-and-mortar can support,” Hopkinson told The Ridgefield resident, who had the same shop set up in her hometown for more than eight years prior to moving it to New Canaan, said she earned her Realtor’s license earlier this year and plans to launch a new career in that arena. New Canaan Ski & Sport will move into the space at 110 Main St., Hopkinson confirmed. “Thank you to my New Canaan customers—I have made so many great friends and I have made this decision knowing we will be missed,” she said.

‘Early Bird Sales’ To Premiere Friday, Setting Up New Canaan Sidewalk Sales

For 51 years, New Canaan has held its Sidewalk Sale & Village Fair in July. With the third week of the month already underway, New Canaan stores and shops have already started to set up for this weekend. Although the town has had this date set for every year, the Darien and Greenwich weekend sales fall on the same days this year. Expected to lose some of the crowd to the other towns, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce has worked with stores and town officials that many expect will please bargain-hunters and merchants alike this year. For the first time, street-level stores downtown will hold ‘Early Bird Sales’ on Friday.