Monday, March 20, 2023



Comings & Goings: Faces Beautiful Closing Image
Faces Beautiful, 289 Post Road East in Playhouse Square, a facial services and skin care products salon, closes at the end of the month, according to owner Gail Sagel. For the past year and a half the salon shared space with Achorn Beauty Bar, adjacent to Achorn Pharmacy and Fine Cosmetics shop.  Sagel, who said treatment specialists Erica and Lorraine will be available at Salon de Matteo, 208 Post Road West, relocated to New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Some Details on Tolls, But Little Common Ground

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

The administration of Gov. Ned Lamont started Wednesday to fill in significant gaps in the Democratic governor’s expansive highway tolls proposal, a measure that instantly divided the legislature along partisan lines three weeks ago and became an early wedge issue in the 2020 elections.

At a news conference packed with invited supporters from the worlds of politics, labor and business, and then in a nearly three-hour presentation to the legislature’s Transportation Committee, the administration tried to regain the initiative in a debate dominated by opponents, a coalition of Republicans, trucking interests and a grassroots group, No Tolls CT.

“I think they helped frame the issue from an economic development standpoint, from a commuting standpoint and an infrastructure standpoint, and helped outline the serious deficiencies in our current system,” said Rep. Roland J. Lemar, D-New Haven, the committee’s co chair.

But Republicans on the committee were unpersuaded, as was Peter Sasser, the Stamford firefighter who founded the grassroots group, No Tolls CT. One in a long list of witnesses who lined up to object to tolling in a hearing that stretched well into the evening, Sasser made no effort to hide his anger in sharp exchanges with committee members.

Comings & Goings: Dovecote Getting Smaller Image
After 17 years, Dovecote, 56 Post Road East underneath Toquet Hall, is downsizing, according to owner Sarah Kaplan. In a social media post, she said the main driver was to be able to spend more time with her two sons. She said the main Dovecote store will close this month but Dovecote Jewelry “will remain open and will evolve into something new and exciting.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Saugatuck Fun Image
Rizzuto’s, 640 Riverside Ave., tonight hosted an “Ice Bar Bash” to benefit the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Guests gathered on an outside patio in 36-degree weather to enjoy specialty drinks and food sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Live music was by Billy G & Friends, featuring Connecticut-based musician Billy Genuario. The Levitt fundraises throughout the year in order to present its summer season featuring its signature “50 Free Nights under the Stars.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Comings & Goings: Lester’s Closing Image
Lester’s boutique department store, 606 Post Road East, will close at the end of April, according to employees. It opened three years ago in the space formerly occupied by Wish List. The family-owned business operates at five other locations in New York and New Jersey. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Comings & Goings: Desi’s Corner Closing Image
The changing face of Westport’s Railroad Place opposite the Metro-North station continues with the closing Thursday of Desi’s Corner, 16 Railroad Place. Purveyor of newspapers, magazines, coffee, candy, smokes and more, Desi’s Corner has been under owner Himanshu Patel’s hand for 10 years. Employee Sudhakar Rao said Patel will continue to operate his 7-Eleven store in Hartford. As for Rao, he said he has found employment at Wall Street Wine and Liquor in Norwalk. The closing after seven decades follows the loss of Commuter Coffee, 46 Railroad Place, in June after 42 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Keeping Watch on Latest Mystic Market Image
The Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery opened today at 60 Charles St. in Westport’s Saugatuck section, offering an array of specialty products, prepared foods, desserts, custom sandwiches, market salads, paninis, an espresso bar and much more. Overseeing the opening were David Griswold (l), senior vice president finance and operations, and Charles Spathakis,, president and founder of The Coastal Gourmet Group. Coastal operates four other gourmet eateries in eastern Connecticut. The location formerly housed the Jasmine Restaurant and for many years the Arrow Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo