The Year In Review: Local Business

As one door closes, another often opens. While there are still empty storefronts in the New Canaan downtown landscape, optimistic entrepreneurs --- especially restauranteurs --- are planting their flags on Main and Elm.


On Jan. 10, the will present its recommendations at Town Hall. Before they do, here's a recap of commercial comings and goings this year.

Closed in 2011

  • , , , --- New Canaan retail institutions all, disappeared from downtown this year. 
  • To the list of businesses that closed their doors add: and as well as restaurants , and Nantucket Greens.

2011 Newcomers

  • Newly opened restaurants: , , , and  plus frozen yogurt shop, .
  • Coming Soon: , and New Canaan's fourth frozen treat shop, . 
  • Also new to town this year are: , ,  and barber spa, .


  • Restaurant Mecca: The kitchens left bare by departing restaurants have been taken over by newcomers and several spaces formerly home to retailers now offer more options as New Canaan's restaurant scene continues to grow.
  • Retailer Shuffle: While some have closed their door these local businesses have shifted locations, including: , , , and .
  • Chain v. Local: The national chain Talbots is gone, but Sleepy's has moved to town. Newcomer blue mercury is a national chain of small cosmetics stores and Island Outfitters is one of seven New England locations for this retailer. G. Albert and Caren Forbes are both "stand alone" locals. 
arnold karp December 27, 2011 at 01:27 PM
space nk-new and a women shoe store coming by start of 2nd QTR
Jane Preziosi December 27, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Thank you, Arnold! Will the new women's shoe store be in Plaza Too's previous location? Is it a name we'll know?
Beth Reifers December 27, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Skirtin Around also relocated to 7 Elm Street, a better location for all.
Jane Preziosi December 28, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Ginger Pizzurro, owner of Lemongrass, wrote to let us know that it was her store that was most recently at 155 Elm St, not Nantucket Greens. Lemongrass did close it doors this year.


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