Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Enjoying the Café
Diners enjoy the new CM Gourmet Market café today as the market-cafe officially opened at Saugatuck Center II. Comparing the CM Market and Cafe to Cocoa Michelle, 54 Railroad Place, also owned by the Michelle and Frank Weber, MIchelle said the new location “is a place to come, relax and enjoy yourself while our Cocoa Michelle accommodates those in a hurry and just want coffee and pastry.” She added, “a customer who walked in here today said ‘this is what Westport’s been missing. It’s a little piece of New York that’s been brought to Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Celebrating the Opening
CM Gourmet Market opened officially and celebrating were (l-r) Molly Brandt, executive chef, Nancy Persau, store operations manager, and owners Michelle and Frank Weber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 25, 2013
New Look for Westport Stop & Shop
There is a new look to the Westport Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East. The store today had a grand reopening after four months of renovation work. Store Manager Mark Gerson, a Shelton resident and 24-year Stop & Shop employee, said, “Our store was obsolete for this area. Westport is upscale. We wanted to reflect that in the store’s appearance.” He said the company is now giving the customers what they asked for—our new departments include a sit-down, WiFi café that serves Starbucks coffee, an enlarged and upscaled cheese area, a service salad case, a service meat case and expanded aisles of organic foods.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Starbucks Café Featured at Stop & Shop
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Kowalskys Sell Shopping Complex for $54.25 Million
Westport’s Kowalsky family has sold The Village Center shopping complex at 605-645 Post Road East, anchored by The Fresh Market, to Equity One, a Miami shopping center owner, developer and operator, for $54.25 million, according to a filing today in the Westport Town Clerk’s Office.
The Fresh Market anchors The Village Center shopping complex that includes properties on both sides of Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The purchase includes properties on both sides of Post Road East, among them Dan’s Liquors, Colonial Druggists, Patio.com, Earth Animal and the UPS Store.
It is the second major Westport acquisition by Equity One in a year. In October 2012 it purchased Compo Acres Shopping Center from Heyman Properties for $30.3 million.
The latest sale, which had been in the works for months, according to real estate sources, will net the Town of Westport $135,625 in conveyance taxes.
Practice Run for New CM Gourmet Market
Owner Michelle Weber (c) serves up breakfast today to some friends at her new CM Gourmet Market in the newly opened Saugatuck Center Phase II. The newest entry to the Saugatuck scene has not yet set an official opening date. Weber also owns Cocoa Michelle at nearby 54 Railroad Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Comings & Goings: Pompanoosuc Mills to PRW
Pompanoosuc Mills, the Vermont-based handcrafted furniture store previously located in the Barnes and Noble shopping center for 10 years, has moved to a new location of 222 Post Road West, former home of Capel Rugs. A fixture in Westport for more than 25 years, Pompanoosuc Mills was initially located on the Post Road East across from the former main post office. The new space in Post Plaza also hosts a number of other design stores including Capel Rugs, which moved to the second floor, J. Pocker frames and prints, Artee Fabrics and Bel Mondo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Assessing Shutdown Economic Damage on Connecticut
By Connecticut Mirror Staffwww.ctmirror.org
Scientist resumed their study of Long Island Sound, an agriculture official emailed farmers that his16-member staff was back in business, and it became a little easier to get Social Security benefits in Hartford as 7,000 federal employees returned to work today in Connecticut.
But economists and others hedged on the extent of the damage done to the state’s fragile recovery just as shoppers and retailers make plans for the holiday shopping season, and investors are placing bets likely to influence the price of gasoline and heating oil this winter.
Consumer confidence was hardly robust before the federal shutdown, and Congress and President Obama hardly offered solid assurances that the nation won’t kick off the New Year with another round of fiscal brinksmanship.
“I think the concern is the window before they reopen this whole problem is so narrow,” said Edward Deak, an economist who manages forecasts of the state’s economy for the New England Economic Partnership. “And you have the holidays in the middle there.”
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saugatuck Craft Butchery Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Saugatuck Craft Butchery celebrateed its second anniversary today, serving up burgers, sausage and family fun at its new location in Saugatuck Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laura Feder for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 11, 2013
Westport Pizzeria Marks 45 Years with 25-cent Slices
By James Lomuscio
When Carmelo and Joe Mioli opened the Westport Pizzeria at 107 Main St. on Oct.12, 1968, a good car could be had for a couple of thousand dollars, a decent home, $30,000, and a slice, 25-cents.
Mel Mioli chats with an employee at Westport Pizzeria, a Main Street mainstay since 1968. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
On Saturday, from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m., Carmelo, (known as Mel to generations of Westporters) will turn back the clock to a simpler time—25-cents per slice and per soda—as he celebrates the pizzeria’s 45th anniversary on Columbus Day.
“It’s been a 45 wonderful years, dealing with wonderful people from all over town, and many of them have become our personal friends,” says Carmelo.
Currently, slices sell for $2.50 with tax, 10 times the original price, but still a bargain, Carmelo says.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Milton Development Buys 1032 PRE to Expand
Milton Development, a Westport-based builder of residential homes, purchased the building at 1032 Post Road East for $2.4 million, according to HK Group’s Franco Fellah who brokered the transaction. The building was formerly occupied by Baker Graphics from 2009 until earlier this year when it relocated to 1753 Post Road East across from Stop and Shop. Fellah said Milton, following a complete remodeling, will open a design center and showroom in the 6,579 square feet building situated on a .43-acre lot. The main office for Milton Development is at 1046 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Sally White of Sally’s Place Honored on Store Closing
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today presented a commendation from the Town of Westport to Sally White upon the closing of her store, Sally’s Place, a Main Street haven for jazz and blues music lovers and musicians since 1985. The commendation was made “in recognition of her long-standing dedication and outstanding service to the citizens of Westport and to music-lovers everywhere.” White, who said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor, was unsure whether today or Friday would be her last day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
UTC to Furlough ‘Thousands’ Due to Shutdown
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington—Despite receiving billions of dollars in last-minute contracts before the federal government shut down this week, UTC, parent company of Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft, tonight announced it would be “forced to furlough thousands of workers” because of the shutdown.
Just hours before the shutdown, East Hartford-based Pratt received a $2.5 billion contract from the Pentagon to continue to make spare parts for fighter jets and other aircraft.
First affected, however, would be Sikorsky Aircraft. If the shutdown does not end by next Monday, nearly 2,000 Sikorsky workers are expected to be placed on furlough.
If the shutdown continues through next week, Sikorsky will put an additional 1,000 employees on temporary layoff. Employees who would be affected work at facilities in Stratford; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Troy, Ala.
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Monday, September 30, 2013
Freshii Open on Main Street & Parker Harding
Freshii, the health oriented fast food restaurant, opened today at both 1 Main St. and 19 Post Road East with entrances on the Post Road, and Parker Harding Plaza near Starbucks “Today was a soft opening for us,” said owner Jonathan Blob. “We have not done any heavy marketing. Customers purchased more juices and smoothies than we expected. Most of the purchases were for takeout.” He said the restaurant would start a delivery service soon for lunch and dinner as well as catering services for offices and parties. Adam Corrin, Freshii franchise development manager added: “One of the most common comments we’ve heard from customers today was ‘it’s good to see this kind of concept in Westport.’” Freshii offers salads, burritos, wraps, quinoa and rice bowls, yogurts, breakfast, soups, juices and smoothies, all made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Freshii Prepares for Monday Opening
Freshii, part of a health-oriented restaurant chain, opens Monday at 1 Main St., also known as 19 Post Road East, near Starbuck’s. Accessible from Parker Harding Plaza, the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Freshii operates in 35 cities and eight countries around the world. The Westport owner is Jonathan Blob, who as a hedge fund manager invested and performed analysis on the food service industry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport