Biz on Biz: Mackenzie’s Enjoys Eating At Ching’s Table

For this installment of Biz on Biz—a chance for local business owners and workers to tell us about a favorite product or service from a fellow merchant—we caught up with South Avenue mainstay Mackenzie’s. When we decided to to take a look inside the newspaper, candy, greeting card, and office supply store, we spoke with owner, Jim Berry, to find out about his favorite places in New Canaan. Immediately Berry responded telling the New Canaanite that he liked all of the restaurants in New Canaan. “Well I like the restaurants,” Berry said. “They are all very good.”

Although Berry likes all of the restuarants in town, Ching’s Table would have to be favorite.

Biz on Biz: Island Outfitters Loves the Jewelry, Handbags at She la la

For this installment of “Biz on Biz”—where we wander into a New Canaan businesses and ask the people who work there for a personal favorite item or service at another downtown biz—we came upon the staff in Island Outfitters at 80 Main St. The clothing and accessories store—one of seven, the company is headquartered in Newport, R.I.—is marking 20 years in 2014. Inside, manager Ann Donovan told us she that one of her favorite spots for shopping in New Canaan is She la la at 120 Main. “They have cute jewelry and they do monogramming on handbags, and they’re great for giving as gifts for people,” Donovan said. The cross-body handbags at She la la come in about 10 different colors and are among the most popular that the store carries, manager Virginia Utley said.

Biz on Biz: Potpourri on Benny at Solé

For this installment of “Biz on Biz”—a regular feature where we ask people who work in downtown New Canaan to tell us about a favorite product, service (or anything else) at another business—we ventured into women’s boutique Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs, just past the Playhouse on Elm. There we found Victoria Larkin, a town resident for 24 years who works as a floor supervisor at the clothing and accessories shop. The first thing that came to mind? Benny, the host at next-door neighbor Solé Ristorante. “I don’t know Benny’s last name.

Biz on Biz: Life Aquatic on Station Eats Cheeseburger (Extra Hot Peppers)


For this installment of Biz on Biz, we asked Bobby Johnson, livestock manager at Life Aquatic on South Avenue (across from the Mobil, near Mackenzie’s) to tell us about a favorite item or service at another New Canaan business. His answer: cheeseburger from Station Eats down the street, with lettuce, pickles, extra hot peppers and fries on the side. “I like the burger, they make it well,” said Johnston, a Fairfield resident. “It’s made in front of you and all natural. Just a very well-taken-care-of place.”

The cheeseburgers are popular and getting extra pickles is “fairly common,” Station Eats line cook Cesar Suero said, “because they give you a kind of spice, because the cheeseburgers have a kind of mild cheese.”

“When I first tried one, it’s like I can’t eat them anywhere else anymore.

Biz on Biz: Pimlico Owner on Walin & Wolff’s Jimmy Choo Shoes

For this installment of “Biz on Biz,” we visited Jill Saunders at Pimlico, her home furnishings, fixtures and accessories shop on the corner of Elm Street and South Avenue. Asked for her choice of a favorite item, service or anything else at another New Canaan business, Saunders responded: “I would probably point you in the direction of Walin & Wolff.”

And what’s her favorite item there? “Everything, really. It’s quite the problem,” Saunders said. “Their Jimmy Choo shoes are kind of nice.”

At Walin & Wolff, Assistant Manager Lisa Mancini used this word when asked about the popularity of the Jimmy Choo shoes: “Unbelievable.”

“People come in looking for them,” she said.