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Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Look for Former Mansion Clam House

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Workmen were busy today removing the siding of the former Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., in preparation for the debut there of Parker Mansion, a steak house. No date for the opening has been announced. Owner Patrick Fahy owns Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull and Parker Eatery & Bar in Stratford. Mansion Clam House closed in October 2014 after having been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April 2014 for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Chamber Honors Inaugural First Citizen Award Recipients

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored retiring Westport Library director Maxine Bleiweis (2nd l) and Westport businessman Sam Gault (r) with its inaugural First Citizen Award at a dinner at the Westport Inn. Ron DeFeo (2nd r), CEO of Westport-based Terex Corporation, was keynote speaker. They were joined by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Matthew Mandell (3rd l), Chamber CEO. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chamber Honors Young Entrepreneurs

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored five young entrepreneurs who are high school students in Westport and Weston. They are (l-r)  Rebecca Mark, Nick Massoud, Harry Epstein, Scott Pecoriello and Michael Sitver. Rebecca, a Weston student, will attend Washington University in St. Louis. Nick, a Staples student, will attend Yale University. Harry, a Staples student, will attend the University of Michigan, Scott, a Staples student, will attend the University of Delaware, and Michael, a Weston student, will attend the University of Chicago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Comings & Goings: Subway Moves Across the Street

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The Subway Sandwich shop, a longtime tenant of 903 Post Road East, near the Sherwood Diner, opened today at its new across-the-street location, 940 Post Road East, opposite Starbucks. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Comings & Goings: Snip Doggy Dog Closes

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Snip Doggy Dog, an upscale grooming salon for dogs, which opened at 9 Sconset Square in March 2014, has closed. Many of its clients transferred to its Fairfield location at 1125 Post Road in the Brickwalk, according to a staff member, who said the business also operates in Old Greenwich. The 1,000-square foot space in Sconset Square was previously occupied by Akram, a men’s and women’s apparel shop which closed in May 2013 and Green Earth Design previously. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Chipotle to Open by End of Month

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Chipotle Mexican Grill will open at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center by the end of June in the space previously occupied by Oaxaca Asian cuisine, according to a contractor on site. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has outlets in Fairfield, Darien, and Greenwich, among other Connecticut locations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Chamber to Honor Bleiweis, Gault

Maxine Bleiweis, the Westport Library’s executive director who is retiring after 17 years, and Sam Gault, president of Gault Energy, will be honored with the First Citizen Award to be presented by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) at a gala dinner Tuesday, June 9 at the Westport Inn.

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Keynote speaker will be Ron DeFeo, CEO of the Westport-based Terex Corp., a Fortune 500 company.

“I could not think of more deserving people to get this award,” said Matthew Mandell, chamber president and executive director. “They represent what is best in our town for their work ethic, generosity and how they approach business. They are a cross section, non-profit and traditional, and embody what makes our communities prosper.”

Mandell credited Bleiweis with transforming the library into a “highly-awarded, world class destination, which boasts new and innovative programs that now set the standard for libraries everywhere.”

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Malloy Administration, Legislators Shake on Tax Deal

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Legislative leaders struck a tax deal with the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moments before midnight Saturday, setting the stage for action Monday on a biennium budget that would raise taxes on the wealthy and business.

The income tax would increase to 6.99 percent on households earning $1 million, but a proposed surcharge on capital gains was discarded. A legislative plan to extend the sales tax to a wide array of business services was largely shelved, but the tax on data-processing services would triple to three percent.

The total sales tax would remain at 6.35 percent, but a half-percent would be dedicated to the governor’s transportation infrastructure program and a half-percent would be used for a property-tax relief program championed by legislative leaders.

The Connecticut Lottery would be authorized to offer keno, an electronic drawing game in restaurants, bars and some retail outlets.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Comings & Goings: Peachwave Yogurt Closes

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The latest frozen yogurt casualty in Westport is Peachwave, 170 Post Road West. It has closed after less than two years in business, according to an employee at its Norwalk store, 235 Main Ave. A sign at the entrance of the Westport location says “this location is closed for the season.” Peachwave opened in Westport in June 2013. Other recent Westport frozen yogurt closings include Froyoworld, 361 Post Road West in November 2014 after two years in business, and Pinkberry, 113 Post Road East, in June 2014 after less than 18 months in business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 18, 2015

44 Main St. Sells for $22.5 Million

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The building at 44 Main St. has changed hands for $22.5 million. The 22,873-square feet, three-story building, built in 1909 on a .23-acre property is the home of Banana Republic on the first floor and The Nail Spa on the second floor. The buyer is an affiliate of Westport-based Paragon realty Group in a partnership with Clarion Partners. The seller was 44 Main Street, Inc. Franco Fellah of the HK Group, the broker involved in the transaction, said, “There’s buying frenzy in Westport. All Westport properties represent a strong investment market.” The Klein family owned the building for decades and operated their retail store on two floors for many years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bill Mitchell Honored for 50 Years at Mitchells

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Westport’s Bill Mitchell points out something today as he was honored for his 50 years at the widely known family clothing business, Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road East. First Selectman Jim Marpe presented him with a proclamation and there were additional honors from state legislators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 11, 2015

All Gone: Geiger’s Garden Center

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Demolition of Geiger’s Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, was virtually complete today. A landmark, family-owned business at the 2.5-acre property since 1953, Geiger’s has been sold to make way for redevelopment to include 12 housing units, including two affordable, as well as a bank in the front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Comings & Goings: Executive Real Estate Opening

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The competitive Westport real estate market will soon have another entry with Glastonbury-based Executive Real Estate opening this month at 722 Post Road East. Manager Andy Machnicz of Naugatuck said the business, which has offices in Glastonbury, Old Saybrook and Clinton, is family-owned and was started by Glastonbury resident Amy Rio about 10 years ago. He said it fields 60 agents. Machnicz said the Westport office will have five or six agents. It opens in space previously occupied by Grilled Cheese Eatery, which closed in December after eight months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Comings & Goings: People’s United Bank Closing Branch

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The People’s United Bank branch, 1790 Post Road East, will close on May 29.  Branch Manager Mike Fabrizi said there are nine other People’s United branches in a 10-mile radius, including one inside Stop & Shop, which is about 300 feet away. He said, in addition to the two branches on Post Road East, there is a branch at the corner of Compo Road North and Post Road East as well as one in White Birch Plaza, Post Road West near Whole Foods.  According to Fabrizi, branch manager since 2013, in the 1970s when his branch opened, it was the 10th in the Bridgeport-based People’s United Bank expansion. Now, he said, there are more than 400 branches from Maine to New York. He said the six employees in his branch will be reassigned.  “People’s United is a great bank to work with,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Comings & Goings: Bogey’s Reopens in Norwalk

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The popular Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room, formerly located at 323 Main St., Westport until it closed in August 2011 after 17 years (see WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011) has reopened in Norwalk at 2 Wilton Ave. at the intersection of Cross Street, near Cablevision’s main office. According to James Stablein, (r), co-owner with his brother John, “The new location retains the golf motif atmosphere with an early American, Ireland and Scotland touch. It’s like a grill room of a country club.”  He added that “many of our old customers tell us they didn’t know we just reopened in Norwalk and found out by driving by on Cross Street.” The new Bogey’s seats 110 in the dining room and 62 in the tap room. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch is planned.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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