Coming to Elm Street: ‘Something Very Good for New Canaan’

It isn’t clear just what is coming to the space at 67 Elm St., right in the heart of downtown New Canaan, but the landlady there says it’s going to be an asset for the town.


The New York City-based owner of 67 Elm St. says “a real asset for the town” is coming to the space long occupied by Candy Nichols, though she declined to say just what that would be.

“The outfit that is moving in will be something very good for New Canaan,” Fay DeWitt told New Canaan Patch in a phone interview Friday morning, declining to comment further.

“I’m not at liberty to talk about it right now, but we will definitely make an announcement,” DeWitt said, declining to comment further.

Though some news outlets have speculated on what's coming, no applications to alter the floor plan or otherwise perform construction at 61 Elm St.—the “official” address of the highly visible space at the heart of downtown (see map at right)—have been filed with the New Canaan Building Department. Tax records show that the property is owned by 79 Elm Street LLC, c/o Thomas Whitney, based in Manhattan. The assessed value of the commercial property is $1.13 million, according to the town assessor.

The owner of Candy Nichols, which had been located at the property for 20 years, says she was told in December that her lease would not be renewed. The popular kids’ clothing and apparel shop right now (see video) is moving down around the corner to the space formerly occupied by Gramophone Video.

Business leaders have said they’re looking forward to the move, which will create a nice “kids corner” together with The Toy Chest, Baskin-Robbins, Pinocchio Pizza and Crew Cuts.

Toy Chest owner Ann Lathrop said she’s “really excited.”

“It does not get any better than a kids’ clothing store next to a toy store,” said Lathrop, who also has storefronts in Wilton and Ridgefield.

Glen K Dunbar March 02, 2013 at 03:15 PM
'something very good for New Canaan" a Laundromat??? Are they kidding??? That is nothing to write home about. To me it is just BORING. We already have a laundromat on Burtis Avenue. Why is a laundry place exciting. Geesh....I will never understand grown ups
LittlePatchGirl March 02, 2013 at 08:56 PM
There's no way it's a laundromat - unless they're serving drinks and setting up slot machines in the back. They'd need an AWFUL lot of quarters to pay that rent ...
Glen K Dunbar March 03, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I hope you are right LittlePatch. But, you know how grown ups think. It is just like a grown up to place something nonsense in their when they could put in an OTB ort a museum to honor me or even...yea..another restaurant. Bar?? Mini Fat Tuesday..I miss that bar. Being old sure stinks. I want to be young again.
Lauren March 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
whats OTB? and, this will date me, but i miss having the childrens shoe store (forgot the name) that had the slide we all used to slide down..eventhough it was meant for inventory, the owners didn't care, it was a slide! inside! also, Brinsmaids was a great jewelry store especially for repairs..does Penny Weights do repairs? whatever it is going to be, i hope its something that we don't already have. i.e. yogurt shop
Terry Dinan March 09, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Putnam Shoes. Loved that slide.


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