Monday, August 18, 2014
Max’s Readies for Aug. 31 Farewell
By James Lomuscio
With most of the store’s inventory gone and a closing date set for Aug. 31 after 59 years in Westport, owner Shirley Mellor sat at her desk today in the rear of Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, and thought about the past and her future.
Shirley Mellor (c) earlier this year with longtime employees Jay Cimbak and Nina Royce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Well wishes, nostalgia and raw sentiment from the few customers near the the register echoed off the pressed-tin ceiling to where Mellor sat surrounded by tangible memories, most of them framed.
One was a stately painting her her late husband Max Kaplan who founded the store, once an iconic meeting place for scores of nationally known artists. Also surrounding Mellor’s office was original artwork from syndicated cartoonists who 1979 wished Kaplan a happy 65th birthday, “Max’s coming of age party,” Mellor said.
And there was the huge 1981 black and white photograph of the once famed arts community’s legends in front of the store for its 25th anniversary.
Friday, August 15, 2014
WN Spotlight: Coffee ‘An
(Editor’s Note: This is another in our occasional series, WN Spotlight, featuring people and places that make our town special.)
By Larissa Lieberson
There’s nothing better than the smell of warm, freshly glazed donuts. Nothing, perhaps, besides the taste of them, especially when they are handmade each morning at Westport’s Coffee An’ Donut Shop.
Elias Vlandis took over ownership of Coffee ‘An from his father, George, who bought the shop in 1991. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larissa Lieberson for WestportNow.com
Located at 343 Main St. in a shopping strip that includes Ace Hardware and the Merritt Country Store, this old time donut shop has become a local legend. Daily, people from all walks of life seem to find their way to this rare sanctuary rich in unpretentiousness and a sweet sense of community.
From the moment one steps into the shop, one spies people reading newspapers, talking to each other across tables and the counter, and just letting their hair down.
Regulars credit George Vlandis and his family for the comfortable vibe. Vlandis took over the shop 22 years ago after selling his pizza restaurant in Fairfield. From pizza, Vlandis turned his focus on something sweeter – donuts, glazed, chocolate frosted, coconut, jelly, cinnamon and marble twists. Muffins, too.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Comings & Goings: Garelick & Herbs Opens in Saugatuck
Garelick & Herbs, 580 Riverside Ave., in the Saugatuck Center, opened today. Paola Garelick, who co-owns the business with her husband Jason, said, “We’re a gourmet shop that’s open for breakfast, lunch an dinner with a wide ranging family-oriented menu. We’re here for parents and their children.” Garelick & Herbs occupies the space vacated in June by CM Gourmet Market after eight months (see WestportNow June 17, 2014). Hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Open for Business
The new Garelick & Herbs Saugatuck opened today with co-owner Paola Garelick (l) behind counter. The store fills a spot vacated in June by CM Gourmet Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Comings & Goings: Ron’s Barber Shop to Main Street
After more than five years on Railroad Place in Saugatuck, Ron’s Barber Shop has moved to 190 Main St. in space formerly occupied by Sally’s Palace. Ron Provenzano, a Bridgeport native, opened the shop in Saugatuck in March 2009 and said at the time, “it’s always been a dream of mine to open a shop in Westport.” (See WestportNow March 23, 2009). The shop is open seven days a week: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sound of Music is Now Sound of Clippers
Where once music reigned, the sound is now that of clippers as Ron’s Barber Shop moved from Saugatuck to 190 Main St. in space formerly occupied by longtime music purveyor Sally’s Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Marc Lasry Library Talk Draws SRO Crowd
Westporter Marc Lasry (l), hedge fund titan and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team since April, attracted a standing room audience today for a talk at the Westport Library. He was interviewed by fellow Westporter and award-winning journalist Dan Goodgame (2nd. l) and introduced by Arthur Levitt (r, at podium), also a Westport resident and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the American Stock Exchange. Lasry told the audience he thought the U.S. economy was “doing great.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday Crowd for Library Finance Talk
Talking Finance and the Economy
Scenes from today’s Westport Library talk by Marc Lasry, a Westport resident, hedge fund manager, and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa to Post Road West
Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican Grill, will open soon at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center. Owner Garry Dean operates the popular Senor Salsa at 580 Post Road, Fairfield. The space which has been unoccupied for about 10 years, according to a Realtor, was the former location of several restaurants including Connelly’s, Artists Pub, and Divine Mediterranean Grill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
June Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7 Percent
Westport’s unemployment rate in June was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent in May, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.
The town’s labor force increased to 12,977 in June, up from 12,870 in May. The number of unemployed in June was 604, down from 655 in May.
There were 12,373 employed in June, up from 12,215 employed in May, the department said.
A year ago in June, Westport’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Comings & Goings: Qdoba Mexican Grill to Playhouse Square
Qdoba Mexican Grill will open soon at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the french country interior design and home furnishings store which closed three years ago. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2011) Described as fast, casual, fresh Mex, Colorado-based Qdoba, founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser, has 600 locations in the United States and Canada, including Norwalk and Fairfield. The chain originally opened under the name Zuma, then changed to Z-Teca and, in 1999, adopted the name Qdoba. In 2003, the company was acquired by Jack-in-the-Box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sneak Peek at Qdoba
Comings & Goings: Bar de Beaute to Taylor Place
A skin care salon, Bar de Beaute, will open soon at 24 Taylor Place, the prior location of Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor, Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. Bar de Beaute, located across from Tiffany & Co., is owned by Judith Connors, who also has the Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Clinic, 382 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Changing from Green to Red on Post Road East
Workers today changed the signage from BP to Exxon at the service station at 1510 Post Road East at Maple Avenue South. Co-owner Helen Kronberg said Exxon “offfers us a better presence and better support, especially credit card support.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com