Who Knew? New Canaan on Ice

‘Who Knew?’ is sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market. Is it too hot for opinions this week? Because I have one.  Everyone can openly adopt precisely one form of snobbery. You can be a wine aficionado, an ardent collector of vinyl, or an art-house cinephile, but combine all three into one personality, and you’d best tread lightly.

Zumbach’s To Reopen Saturday [UPDATED]

Update 1 p.m. Thursday

Zumbach’s will reopen Saturday, according to the popular coffee shop’s owner, Doug Zumbach. Original Story

A popular New Canaan coffee shop is temporally closed due to COVID-19, according to a sign in its window. Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee is closed until further notice, according to a sign that appeared Monday morning. 

It’s unclear just when the shop closed, how many staff members contracted the virus or whether there’s an anticipated reopening date. Town resident Doug Zumbach, the owner, could not immediately be reached for comment. According to the most recent information released by the New Canaan Health Department, the town had 53 positive COVID cases for the week ending April 30, down from 82 the prior week.

Local Business Q&A: Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner this holiday shopping season, we hear from New Canaan resident Doug Zumbach of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee on Pine Street. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: We talked in the early weeks of the pandemic last year, and your coffee shop at Pine and Grove was among the local businesses that really had to change its operations at that time. When we connected again in July, you were still looking for some parts of the business to return. Where do things stand now?

PHOTOS: Caffeine & Carburetors Returns to Waveny

Auto enthusiasts gathered at Waveny on a picture-perfect fall morning Sunday for the return of the popular Caffeine & Carburetors car show. After all four installments of a popular antique and specialty car show had been canceled one year ago due to the pandemic, C&C returned to downtown New Canaan last month, and parks officials unanimously approved a final 2021 installment for Waveny. “A large show with a great community showing,” Doug Zumbach said of Sunday’s C&C. “Extraordinary effort by volunteer staff to switch gears—no pun intended—to adjust parking direction due to lawn issue.” Zumbach also praised New Canaan Police for their help.

Podcast: Zumbach’s Coffee Owner Doug Zumbach

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Doug Zumbach, owner of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee at Pine and Grove Streets downtown, and founder of Caffeine & Carburetors, the popular car show that is to return to New Canaan at Waveny this October, after taking a year off due to COVID-19. Zumbach tells us how his business navigated the pandemic and what the community response has been like, and he hints that there may be more than one Caffeine & Carburetors this year. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0: