Tuesday, September 30, 2014
P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert a commercial office building (rear) to a medical facility. The plan includes demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (foreground) (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Starbucks in Center to Reopen Wednesday
Good news for coffee aficionados. Starbucks at Parker-Harding Plaza, temporarily closed during renovations, will reopen Wednesday, according to workers on the premises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street
UPDATE and CORRECT Henry Lehr, the iconic, high end women’s apparel store at Westport’s 21 Main St., has closed. The closure follows the death in July of owner Camilla Lehr of Westport who died at Norwalk Hospital at age 44. Other Lehr outlets, including those on Long Island, remain in business, according to Camilla Lehr’s husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 29, 2014
Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street
The Shade Store, featuring custom shades, blinds and drapery, will open soon at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. womens’ apparel store. The third-generation family-run business started in 1946 as a fabric store in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., according to the company website. Although the Shade Store has 18 showrooms in 10 states, the Westport location will be its first in Connecticut with additional openings planned in Brooklyn, Houston, Miami and Washington, D.C. The nearest existing location is in Port Chester, N.Y as well as four stores in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bagel Maven Closing?
It is uncertain as to whether the Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, will close its doors for good on Tuesday, the final day of its lease, according to Alex Perdomo, owner for the past six years. Perdomo said, “It was a tough winter for us, and I fell behind in my rent payments, but over time managed to pay it back.” He said his landlord, whom he described as “great to work with,” does not want to renew the lease, but he hopes to work something out. Perdomo said he does not want to have to look for a new space because “my customers are in this area of town.” He said although he became owner of Bagel Maven six years ago, the business has been at that location since 1990. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Comings & Goings: Renato’s Jewelers to PRE
Renato Tornifoglia (2nd r) makes a toast with Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today as Renato’s Jewelers celebrated its grand opening at its new location at 1765 Post Road East, across from Stop & Shop. Tornifoglia, 42, who co-owns the store with his wife Christina, said he has been in the jewelry business for 30 years. The business located from Main Street to Post Road West and then to its current location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 26, 2014
Comings & Goings: Gaetano’s Deli opens on PRE
Gaetano’s Arthur Avenue Style Deli and Catering has opened at 1713 Post Road East, across the street from Stop and Shop, in the space previously occupied for 23 years by Westport Deli. According to Diana Ukehaxhaj, wife of co-owner Milanno Ukehaxhaj, her husband and his business partner Gaetano Catalano each worked for many years on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. She said they opened the first Gaetano’s Deli in Stratford in 1997 and then the Monroe shop in July, 2009. In a note to WestportNow today, Diana Ukehaxhaj said, “We did a soft open last week and the people and town employees of Westport have all been wonderful!” She added, “We are going to have our grand opening on Saturday, October 4th.” For more information visit www.gaetanosdeli.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Westport Financial Advisor Pleads Guilty
A federal judge has set sentencing for Dec. 4 for a Westport-based financial advisor and former member of the Stamford Board of Representatives who prosecutors said defrauded clients of more than $190,000.
Michael Lombardo, 38, of Stamford pleaded guilty Sept. 11 before a federal court in Hartford to one count of wire fraud, said Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Prosecutors said Lombardo worked for a Westport-based investment firm –- identified by Lombardo in his LinkedIn biography as David Lerner Associates –- from approximately September 2011 to February 2014.
During that period, he engaged in a scheme to defraud more than 20 of his investment clients by diverting more than $190,000 in client funds for his personal use, prosecutors said.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Comings & Goings: Nash’s Lashes to PRW
Nash’e Lashes, an eye lash extension salon, will open Oct. 1 at 177 Post Road West in Nash’s Plaza. Owned by New York City resident Judy Cho, who is one of three operators, the salon also performs facials, foot massages, eye lash refills and removals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Comings & Goings: NEAT Opens on Wilton Road
NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails has opened at Westport’s 6 Wilton Road, the former firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. Co-owned by Rachel Haughey who is owner of NEAT at 20 Grove St., Darien (see WestportNow June 27, 2014), she has teamed up with Bobby Werhane, owner of Experience Hospitality with whom NEAT has partnered and Kevin Lalumiere, according to chef Brian Reilly. The every day hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for coffee, pastries and light breakfast items, and from 5 p.m.-midnight for craft cocktails, bar snacks and sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 15, 2014
Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW
Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Amadeus Piano—the Official Opening
There was an official ribbon cutting Friday for Amadeus Piano, 240 Post Road East. Open since June, it sprecializes in piano tuning, repairs, restoration, refinishing, rentals, sales, storage and moving. Among those taking part were Second Selectman Avi Kaner (3rd l), Matthew Mandell (2nd l), president of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, and owner Yuri Feygin (c). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, September 12, 2014
Westport Minuteman Owner May Sell Some or All of Company
Digital First Media, which operates the Westport Minuteman newspaper and website, announced today that it had retained an adviser to help it explore “strategic alternatives,” including a sale of some or all of the company.
Chief Executive John Paton said UBS Securities will help Digital First Media review alternatives that include selling the entire company, selling regional clusters, doing nothing or expanding the company. The company said there is no guarantee the process will result in any deals.
Digital First Media, based in New York, was formed in December 2013 with the merger of MediaNews Group and the former Journal Register Company.
It is the nation’s second-largest newspaper company, based on circulation, operating in 15 states, with 800 multi-platform news and information products, including 76 daily and Sunday newspapers—among them the New Haven Register—and 160 weeklies, including the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Women Entrepreneurs Meet at Library
There was an all-day workshop at the Westport Library today for women-owned business entrepreneurs. Among the speakers was Skyler Fernandes (r), founder and managing director of New York-based Simon Ventures, a capital investment firm. The event was hosted by Westporters Janis Collins and Jen Gabler, co-founders of Refinery, a nonprofit that “helps women-led businesses scale-up and grow their company,” according to Collins. She said more than 50 women attended the program, which was followed by a two hour networking session held at a women-owned restaurant, the Granola Bar in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 08, 2014
Comings & Goings: Wheels Convenience Store to PRE
Wheels Convenience Store, owned by Trumbull-based Consumers Petroleum, will open in early October at 786 Post Road East, according to Gina Nero, the firm’s marketing manager. The space was previous occupied by the Citgo gas and service station, founded in the early 1930s by Joe DeMattia, and owned by the Mattia family for 80 years. It closed in April 2013. Nero said the convenience store will also have four fuel pumps in two bays featuring the Citgo brand. She said Consumers Petroleum has been owned by the same family for three generations.The owner, Rich Wiehl (pronounced “wheel”), opened his first convenience store under the Wheels name four years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com