Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Comings & Goings: Garelick & Herbs to Saugatuck Center
Garelick & Herbs, the upscale culinary market, will open soon at 580 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck Center, in space vacated last month by CM Gourmet Market after eight months. Co-owner Jason Garelick, who announced last year that his store at 1799 Post Road East was relocating to Southport (see WestportNow July 26, 2013), said he has always had an interest in having a store in the Saugatuck area. “We’re expanding our base because most of our customers in the Post Road East store live nearer to that end of town and including Fairfield customers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, July 21, 2014
Comings & Goings: BP Out, Exxon In on Post Road East
The BP service station, 1510 Post Road East, will switch to the Exxon brand starting Tuesday, according to Helen Kronberg who, with her husband, are the owners. Kronberg cited several reasons for the change, including a reduction in the number of BP stations in this area, “we don’t get the same BP support as in the past, and Exxon offers us a better presence and better support, especially credit card support.” Meanwhile, the bear statue, a fixture on the BP property for years which last week was damaged in an act of vandalism, is being replaced, according to Kronberg. She said the person responsible for the damage has been identified and has agreed to pay for the bear replacement. “We await delivery of the new bear,” she said. (CLICK TOT ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Comings & Goings: Michele’s Pies to Close
After more than three years at 180 Post Road East, Michele’s Pies owner Michele Stewart announced today she is closing the Westport location. In an email, she said, “As we at Michele’s Pies embark on many new and exciting adventures—weekend farmers markets, wedding and event catering, cookbooks and pies being sold on QVC, and so much more—we will be refocusing our efforts and closing our Westport location, as of July 20, 2014. This was a tough decision, but one that I think in the long run will benefit my family and my business. I will forever be grateful to the people and the Town of Westport for the past three years. The Town of Westport will always hold a very special place in my heart, I grew up here and now my children are growing up here. We intend to remain active members of the Westport community, and we sincerely hope that all our loyal Westport clients and friends will come see us in our Norwalk Bakery at 666 Main St., Route 7, near the Wilton line. We’re open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. And now on Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning July 27.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WN Spotlight: Jake the Locksmith
(Editor’s Note: This is another in our occasional series, WN Spotlight, featuring people and places that make our town special.)
By Larissa Lieberson
Since the day his friend recommended that he try working at a Westport locksmith shop during his break from construction work, Daniel Towers has been re-keying, repairing and installing locks.
Daniel Towers (r) helps a customer in his jake the Locksmith shop at 15 Charles. St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larissa Lieberson for WestportNow.com
Towers took over Jake the Locksmith, located at 15 Charles St. in 2007 from Merritt Jacob, who opened the store in 1992. He had been there about two years when Jacob, nicknamed Jake, retired. Towers said he figured it best to keep the shop’s established name.
Today, he is the only registered locksmith in Westport, and although the majority of his clients come from in town, Towers also services Weston, Fairfield, Wilton, Norwalk, Southport, Easton and Darien.
The store is small (15 feet by 30 feet) and quaint, but too cramped for much work to be done inside other than duplicating keys.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Westport Outdoors: Elvira’s
Elvira’s Old Mill Market and Deli, 222 Hillspoint Road, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. Owned by the Yiozanakof family, Nick, Nicki, John and Stacey, Elvira’s is a landmark of the Compo Beach area, where patrons can relax with their takeout at one of the outdoor picnic tables while enjoying a view of Long Island Sound. Elvira’s traces its heritage to the late Kenneth S. Montgomery, who opened the Old Mill Store there in the late 1950s after construction of I-95 forced him to relocate his Compo Grocery from Bridge Street and Compo Road South. Montgomery, who served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1951 to 1957, died July 4, 1985 at age 80. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Still Seeking Bargains on Final Day of Sidewalk Sale
Overcast Skies Not a Deterrent
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Looking for a Good Buy
Another Day of Sidewalk Bargains
Shoppers were out early today for the second day of the Westport Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale, which continues until 7 p.m. today and resumes Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. View is in front of Max’s Art Supply on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sidewalk Sale Mimics Christmas Rush, Yet Balmy
By James Lomuscio
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s (WDMA) annual Sidewalk Sale than ran from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and boasted discounts from 30 to 60 percent drew more shoppers than peak Christmas shopping days, some merchants said.
Buttressed by sunny skies and balmy breezes, foot traffic was steady throughout the day, many said, despite the fact that Greenwich and New Cannan are also hosting sidewalk sales this weekend.
Westport’s sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“It’s been nonstop traffic all days,” said Jennifer Papazian, manager of VINCE., an upscale, contemporary women’s and men’s clothing store that opened in March 2013 at 115 Main St. “We’ve never seen traffic like this, even during Christmas.”
Friday, July 11, 2014
Looking for Bargains
LF, an apparel and accessories store at Westport’s 26 Main St., was particularly crowded with young customers today—the first day of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association three-day sidewalk sale.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Comings & Goings: Olivette to Railroad Place
Olivette, featuring “a distinctive tasting room showcasing the freshest ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils and authentic all-natural balsamic vinegars,” has opened at 24 Railroad Place across from the westbound side of the Westport Metro-North station. Owned by South Norwalk residents Dee (l) and Alina Lawrence, the store is the second for the couple who currently operate Olivette at 1084 Post Road, Darien which opened in December 2011. Dee Lawrence said they chose this area of Westport “because we want to be part of and contribute to the Saugatuck neighborhood with all its culinary food options.” An official opening will be held on Thursday, July 17 4-7 p.m. In his spare time, the former lacrosse player at Yale, class of 1998, and a former natural gas broker, is a Westport P.A.L. lacrosse coach for seventh grade students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Comings & Goings: Crumbs Bake Shop Closes
Crumbs bake shop, which opened to long lines for a free cupcake giveaway on Westport’s Taylor Place in April 2009 (above), closed at end of business Monday. In a statement, the company said it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq. The New York City-based company said all employees were notified of the closures only on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Westport Outdoors: Post 154
Post 154, 154 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. According to Post 154 manager Tyler Moss, the restaurant offers outdoor seating for 50 patrons and music on the patio. Post 154 opened last summer. (See WestportNow Aug. 1, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Comings & Goings: Chic Jolie to Close on Main Steeet
The women’s fashion apparel store, Chic Jolie, at Westport’s 57 Main St., on the second floor above Westport’s Blue Mercury 2, will close this summer. It opened at the current location in December 2013 (see WestportNow, Dec. 18, 2013) after formerly located at 24 Taylor Place for nine years —eight years as the children’s clothing store Jacadi. It closed in April 2013 and reopened in the Brickwalk, on Fairfield’s Post Road before returning to Westport six months ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com