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Monday, June 08, 2009

Comings and Goings: Café Manolo Opens Thursday

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The new Café Manolo (see WestportNow May 26, 2009) in the 8 Church St., Westport, location formerly occupied by Zest Café and Restaurant opens its doors for business on Thursday. Dinners will be served Tuesdays through Saturdays, according to owner Pedro Garzon. Frankie Glossman (on ladder) of Fairfield’s I-Level Sign Company and his father Brian put the final touches on the new signage today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 04:27 PM
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Comings and Goings: All About Image Replaces Knoyzz

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All About Image, a clothing, jeans and accessories shop has opened at 147 Post Road East in Westport in the location previously occupied by Knoyzz (See WestportNow March 31, 2009). The new store owner, Nicholas DiBattista, a Westchester resident, is a former employee of Knoyzz as are many of the store’s current staff. According to DiBattista, All About Image is his first venture as an owner of a retail shop and he plans to open three or four more stores in other locations. Asked to compare the new store’s inventory with Knoyzz’s merchandise, he said, “We have slightly higher-end merchandise than Knoyzz carried.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 01:00 PM
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Friday, June 05, 2009

Economy Focus of Library Discussion

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The Westport Public Library’s Community Conversations series tonight focused on the economy with a program titled “Living in Disruptive Times….Societal Implications of the Financial Crisis.” Panelists included (l-r) Westporter Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek; Naomi Starobin, WSHU Public Radio news director; Al Puchala, a Westporter, co-founder and managing director of Signal Equity Partners; and Irving Wladawsky-Berger of Westport, moderator, chairman emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 01:55 AM
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Economic Briefing: Tough Times for Old and Young

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Westporter Win Allen, author of “Don’t Get Mad, Get Rich,” told a Westport Barnes & Noble audience tonight that because of advanced age, many older Americans can never recover from recent financial losses. He said young people trying to enter the job market will find fewer openings because older people are not leaving their jobs. A Fulbright scholar and former Xerox Corp. executive, Allen, who earned his Ph.D from Fordham University, is also an accomplished real estate investor, financial adviser and business entrepreneur. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:13 AM
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Patagonia Employees Win Bike Challenge

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Employees of the Patagonia sportswear store at Westport’s 87 Post Road East were rewarded with a Dahon folding bike for their first place ranking of all 25 Patagonia stores across the country for their excellence in the company’s bike week last month. All 14 store employees racked up 562 miles commuting on bikes. Store manager Nate Paulson (not in photo) commuted from White Plains to Westport by bike on four days that week, a distance of 37 miles each way. Louis Pietig of Westport, a member of the store’s management, said, “We encourage our employees to bike to work – and many are doing that.”  The folding bike award was presented by Westporter Steve Cuomo, U.S. marketing manager for the Dahon Company. Pictured are (l-r) Cuomo and Patagonia employees Dave Hames of Weston, Rilke Klingstorn of Greenwich, and Pietig. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:36 PM
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pequot Capital Mangement Shutting Down

Pequot Capital Management Inc., the well known hedge fund firm long based in Westport which recently moved to Wilton, is being closed down by founder Arthur Samberg amid an ongoing investigation into possible insider trading, The Wall Street Journal said today.

“Public disclosures about the continuing investigation have cast a cloud over the firm and have become a source of personal distraction,” Samberg wrote in a letter that was sent to investors today, the newspaper said on its Web site..

“With the situation increasingly untenable for the firm and for me, I have concluded that Pequot can no longer stay in business.”

Samberg, a pioneer in the hedge-fund business, has a track record that is among the best in the business, even while dealing with an on-again, off-again investigation by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Journal said.

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Posted 10:36 PM
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Comings and Goings: Manolo Restaurant Takes Zest’s Place

By Dave Matlow

A new restaurant will open next month on Westport’s Church Lane in space formerly occupied by Zest Café and Restaurant. WestportNow.com Image
Pedro Garzon holds a photo of his great, grand uncle who was a retired surgeon who earned a brigadier general rank in the Spanish Army. The new Cafe Manolo owner said their travels together through Europe exposed him to cuisines that influenced his career, profession and life. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pedro Garzon, a former chef at the Barcelona Restaurant on Temple Street in New Haven, will open his own business as the Cafe Manolo at 8 Church Lane where Zest closed in April. (See WestportNow April 20, 2009)

Garzon said the food will have a “Mediterranean influence with classic European recipes made with local ingredients.” 

Garzon said his knowledge for these foods was influenced by his great grand uncle, a retired surgeon who earned a brigadier general rank in the Spanish Army, whom he visited in Barcelona as a child. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Getting Ready for Memorial Day Dining

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The Napoli Restaurant at 5 Riverside Ave. was readying today for a busy Memorial Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:26 PM
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Westport Weston Chamber Names New Executive Director

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Richard Gordon, chairman of the of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, chats with Lisa Thygerson, the Chamber’s newly named executive director. Formerly assistant manager of TD Banknorth at 185 Main St., she replaces Fred Feuerhake who served as interim director. Gordon, a board member of both the Chamber and the Downtown Merchants Asssociation (DMA), said Thygerson will lead the Chamber’s 350 members in its joint relationship with the DMA in the two organizations’ efforts “to help all members build a healthy business community.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 05:22 PM
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Comings and Goings: Little Gym to Open on Post Road East

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A children’s training facility called The Little Gym is opening in August at 629 Post Road East in the shopping center former anchored by Shaw’s Supermarket. According to the firm’s Web site, “the Little Gym offers individualized, highly motivational physical and mental development to children ages 4 months to 12 years.”  Erica Newman, who was born and raised in Stamford and now lives in Wilton, is the gym director and owner of the local franchise. She has operated a Little Gym facility at 87 Water St. in Norwalk for the past five years. “We’re closing our Norwalk location which allows us to open both in Westport and later in the year in Darien,” she said. The Little Gym is a 30-year-old franchise business with more than 300 locations in 21 countries including almost 300 in the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:12 PM
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Comings and Goings: Rochester Big Morphs into Casual Male

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Casual Male Retail Group, a Canton, Mass.- based chain of specialty clothing retail stores, is changing the name of its Rochester Big & Tall men’s apparel store at Westport’s 1505 Post Road East (next to Blockbuster) to Casual Male XL on July 1. It will be Connecticut’s 10th Casual Male XL location. Rochester Big & Tall has occupied its current location since July 2008. Eulia Tsanatelis, assistant store manager, said the new Casual Male XL store will carry the same type of merchandise that is carried by Rochester Big & Tall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 01:08 AM
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Author: Social Media Highly Transformational

By Phyllis Groner

UPDATE AND CORRECT Publishing and technology industry analyst John Blossom told a Westport Public Library audience tonight that social media’s influence is far more transformational than many may believe.WestportNow.com Image
Westporter John Blossom addresses a Westport Public Library audience tonight on social media. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Blossom is a Westporter and author of “Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives, and Our Future.

“We are a nation of publishers…..we have the ability for anyone to influence others easily using highly sociable and accessible publishing tools…computers, cell phones, Web sites,” he said.

In fact, he said he estimated there are already 59 million people using social media publishing tools who are seriously trying to influence other people in the world – equivalent to a nation the size of South Korea. He added,“Publishing is the DNA of civilization.”

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Posted 03:21 AM
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Comings and Goings: Bluemercury Opens

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Bluemercury, a luxury beauty products and spa retail chain, opens on Friday at 62 Main St., the site formerly occupied by Jd Cosmetic Essentials (see WestportNow April 25, 2009). According to company’s Web site, it is the nation’s fastest growing luxury beauty products and spa retail chain with almost 30 retail stores and spas across the country. The privately held company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:05 PM
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Friday, May 01, 2009

Comings and Goings: Waterworks Closes

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UPDATE Waterworks, a retail bath accessories shop that had been at 181 Main St. for 10 years and in Westport since 1981, closed its Westport store on April 24. According to Kathy Kennedy, an employee in the Westport store for 10 years who now works in the Waterworks Greenwich store, the Westport shop closed “to consolidate it into the Greenwich store which had recently been enlarged and renovated.” News reports said about 20 locations were closed by the chain which was founded in 1978 by Barbara Sallick and her husband, Robert, who joined her father’s Danbury plumbing supply business and launched “a new kind of American bath company.” Waterworks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:22 PM
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Comings and Goings: Waterworks Posts Closing Notice

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A notice tells customers that the Westport Waterworks store at 181 Main St. has closed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:17 PM
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