Monday, March 20, 2023



Committee Discusses Possibility of Paid Downtown Parking

By Jarret Liotta

Paid parking in downtown Westport offering a “smart parking” capability was a topic of discussion today at a meeting of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee. Image
Dewey Loselle, chair of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee (l), and First Selectman Jim Marpe at today’s meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for

Randy Herbertson, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, cited the possible parking initiative as one reason to be hopeful for Westport’s commercial economic future as a large shopping mall is built in Norwalk at I-95 Exit 15. He said easier parking could help draw shoppers to Westport.

“Without paid parking it would be something that would be hard to get funded annually,” said committee chair Dewey Loselle of the app phone system that would make real-time inventory of parking spaces downtown available to shoppers.

“Most of our neighboring towns have it,” Herbertson said of paid parking. “If it helps to manage parking better … it’s a good thing.”

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1529 Post Road East Image
UPDATE and CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish a structure at Westport’s 1529 Post Road East is in process. The building is behind the one-story commercial shopping center and service shop, a picture of which was posted erroneously earlier. Because the structure was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

‘It’s Time to Retire’

The Liberty Army & Navy store, 1439 Post Road East will close on May 31 after more than 40 years in the same location, according to owner Eve Rothbard. Image
Owner Eve Rothbard is looking forward to some time off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“It’s time to retire and spend more time with my grandchildren and do other things like enjoy the summer for the first time in my life without working,” she said.

“And the timing is good. It’s the end of our lease. And I won’t miss rising early for the many 7:30 a.m. deliveries I did for our commercial accounts, delivering work uniforms, for instance.”

Offering a no-frills inventory rarely seen in modern, outdoor chain stores, its stock-in-trade has been the likes of pea coats, field kits, heavy woolen pants, jackets and blankets, camp stoves, knives and assorted military memorabilia.

Comings & Goings: Artemis, L.C.R. Relocating to Post Road West Image
Debra Kondub (above), owner of Artemis costume jewelry, 617 Post Road East, said it will close this weekend after five and a half years to relocate to 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods. It will share a space with next door L.C.R. gifts and decor store, also relocating this weekend. The combined store will reopen in mid-April. Joseph said L.C.R. originally opened on Main Street in the 1990s in space currently occupied by Papyrus. In 2005, it relocated to Playhouse Square and, in 2009, after she acquired the business, it moved to its current location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Comings & Goings: Ulta Beauty Opens Image
Ulta Beauty, a beauty products mega-store, opened today at 1365 Post Road East. The renovated space was previously occupied by Anthropologie, which relocated to Bedford Square one year ago.  According to Ulta Beauty District Manager Cheryl Terrio (above), the Westport store will have its grand opening on Friday, March 30. The 10,000-square foot store offers makeup, skin care, hair care, fragrances, a salon with five stylists and more, she said. This is Ulta Beauty’s 12th location in Connecticut and is one of 1,000 Ulta Beauty stores across the country, Terrio said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Comings & Goings: Jack Wills Closes on Main Street Image
Continuing an exodus of name brands from Westport’s Main Street, British clothier Jack Wills has closed its store at 139 Main St. after almost seven years. A sign in the window directs customers to its website. The departure follows the recent closing of Nike, Allen Edmonds, and Diptyque from Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

CT Lawmakers Help Pass Massive Spending Bill

By Ana Radelat

Washington – Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for a massive, $1.3 trillion federal budget bill that will provide the state with millions of additional dollars for education, health care and transportation and boost production in the state’s defense industry.

“This deal is great news for both Connecticut’s defense industry and our overall economy,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, lauded the bill’s increased spending on domestic programs.

“In a time when the Trump Administration is seeking massive cuts in funding, senseless eliminations of critical programs, and the fundamental hollowing out of our federal agencies, we fought to include critical investments in Democratic priorities that boost the middle class,” DeLauro said.