A venerable, mom-and-pop-owned kids’ clothing and apparel shop downtown is moving around the corner this month.
Candy Nichols has been located at 67 Elm St. for 20 years—a number co-owner Elizabeth Correa knows well because her own daughter was one-year-old at the time.
Some time before March 1, the store is relocating to Main Street around the corner—for many years the site of another New Canaan institution—Gramophone Video, vacant since late 2010. Correa, who owns Candy Nichols with business partner Anna Carberry, signed a lease on the space Friday.
“I’m excited,” the north Stamford resident said of the move as a family of shoppers came into the brightly lit, playfully laid out store early Friday afternoon in search of a girl’s headband.
Though an opportunity for her landlord to secure higher rent from a new tenant is prompting the move, Correa said she’s determined to stay in the community.
“I think that’s it’s really important to be here,” she told Patch.
She’s not alone.
Tucker Murphy, president of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, told Patch that together with other shops that serve kids and families—such as Baskin-Robbins, Crew Cuts and The Toy Chest—the strip along Main Street between East Avenue and Elm Street will be a “kids’ corner.”
“It’s one-stop shopping,” Murphy said.
Drop by Candy Nichols this weekend, when the store is expected to launch a moving sale, and be on the lookout for a celebration once it's installed at the new location.