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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Comings & Goings: Lights on as Crumbs Readies to Reopen

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Lights were on at the shuttered Crumbs cupcakery on Westport’s Taylor Place today as a worker said the bake shop could reopen as early as next week. Crumbs, which had been at the location since April 2009, closed in July as the firm declared bankruptcy. (See WestportNow July 8 ,2014) The Crumbs midtown Manhattan store reopened Tuesday with new treats: double Greek yogurt cakes, banana bread, and nutella crozels, a croissant-pretzel hybrid. Crumbs officials said 16 New York area stores, including Westport, will reopen over the next month. Stores will also reopen in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Comings & Goings: W Salon Moves to 1391 Post Road East

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W Hair & Color Salon, after eight years at 1869 Post Road East, has relocated to 1391 Post Road East, next to Balducci’s, in the space previously occupied by Fovama Rugs, which closed in July 2013. Owner Letisha “Tish” Blanckaert said business, which now includes 10 stylists, “has grown so much we had to move for functionality reasons—much bigger space and more parking.”  She said the new space has 3,000 square feet compared to 1,800 at her former location.  Blanckaert said the public is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Comings & Goings: Rebar Fitness to Saugatuck West Bank

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Rebar Engineered Fitness will open next week on Wilton Road in the rear of National Hall, 8 Post Road West. Husband and wife co-owners Danny Clark, 30, and Abby, 29, of Wilton said they relocated from Idaho, where they sold their fitness business earlier this year to be closer to their East Coast families. An accomplished competitive fitness athlete, Danny Clark earned a bronze medal in the 2012 FILA World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Krakow, Poland. Rebar, not a franchise or chain but a privately owned business, invites the public to an open house introductory event on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:21 PM
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Comings & Goings: Mansion Clam House Closes

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The Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., is closed. Multiple phone calls to the restaurant are answered with a recording that the mailbox is full and cannot take messages. The sign over the front door is gone and the shades are drawn. The ownership of the iconic restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck section attracted notoriety in 2012 when a now former owner, Soozie Folsom, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from three charitable foundations when working as a financial manager of a Westport-based accounting firm. (See WestportNow Aug. 1. 2013) According to the restaurant website, which makes no mention of it being closed, the restaurant has 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 for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Comings & Goings: New Home for Patio.com

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After 25 years at 645 Post Road East, Patio.com, the outdoor furniture and patio accessories store, has relocated to a new retail building at 919 Post Road East at the intersection of Cedar Road and near the Sherwood Diner. The site until 2010 was home to the Cedar Brook Café, said to be the nation’s oldest, continuously operating gay bar, which closed after 71 years. Westporter Phil Ross, co-owner of Patio.com with his older brothers David and Mitch, said he decided to relocate when the new owners of its former location doubled the rent. “Even though our new space, 4,000 square feet, has about 25 percent less square footage than our former location, we are very pleased to remain on Post Road East,” he said. Ross said Patio.com, which first opened in Westport in 1980, has since expanded to 13 locations in Connecticut, New York, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Comings & Goings: Symphony Workplaces Opens

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There was a ribbon cutting today for Symphony Workplaces in its new facility at the 55 Greens Farms Road office complex. The company provides business offices with shared common facilities for both short-term and long-term tenants. Joining in the ceremony were (l-r) Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Weston First Selectwoman Gail Weinstein, Matthew Mandell,Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Nick Logothetis, Symphony Workplaces owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bagel Maven Closes

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The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:55 PM
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P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office

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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

Posted 02:26 PM
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Starbucks in Center to Reopen Wednesday

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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

Posted 12:53 PM
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Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street

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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

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street

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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

Posted 02:28 PM
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Bagel Maven Closing?

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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

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Comings & Goings: Renato’s Jewelers to PRE

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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

Posted 11:38 AM
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Comings & Goings: Gaetano’s Deli opens on PRE

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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

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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.

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