The New Canaan Building Department last week received an application to fit out a prominent commercial space downtown for an established custom shades, blinds and drapery shop.
The Shade Store is planned for 1 Elm St., according to a building permit application filed Dec. 3. The corner space at Main Street has been known to locals as the site of Crew Cuts children’s clothing shop.
The estimated $90,000 interior fit-out involves two rooms at what promotional materials describe as an approximately 1,000-square-foot space, the application said. The work will include new power and lighting installations, it said.
The property, known as 113 Main St. in local tax records, is owned by a limited liability company that is itself owned by Hugh Halsell of New Canaan.
The Shade Store has more than 85 showrooms and has locations in Westport and Greenwich, according to the company’s Facebook page. It’s a “family-run, premium custom window treatment company with a rich heritage in luxury textiles and interior design,” the page says. “Our exclusive collection of more than 1,300 in-stock fabrics and materials provides customers with an unparalleled level of style and customization options.”
Asked for her thoughts on the store’s plans to open here, Laura Budd of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce said the organization was sad to hear about Crew Cuts leaving “but it is encouraging that the space was rented right away.”
“The Shade Store will be a complimentary addition to New Canaan’s downtown, we look forward to working them,” she said.
It isn’t clear just when The Shade Store will open—a message left for the company wasn’t immediately returned.
The architect on the fit-out job is MB Architecture and Design LLC of Little Falls, N.J. A contractor hasn’t yet been selected, the permit application said.