These last few weeks sadly brought more store closings for downtown New Canaan...
Mason, KL Design and Boxwood, among others, are now all empty storefronts. Although I have no doubt New Canaan will rally to save the remaining retailers it is hard to not feel a bit apprehensive.
My husband and I relocated to New Canaan from a charming Florida town called Delray Beach when Florida was in the thick of the real estate crisis and businesses were dropping like flies. It was sad to see the dynamic of Delray change to mainly restaurants and nightlife, and many of the Mom and Pop shops that had been there for years were shuttered. My own home decor shop was also a victim.
We all know variety and convenience is what keeps our downtown bustling and unique. Many of our new friends, when asked why they chose New Canaan, stated that "..we just fell in love with the downtown area!" I know I did :-)
Rents are also high and landlords receive tax write offs for empty commercial spaces so there isn't much incentive to lower the rents and attract new tenants. I know a study was recently conducted to come up with ideas and, hopefully, new ways to invigorate and support the businesses who choose to invest in our community will emerge. Here is a link to the study
On the other hand, yes, everyday items are more expensive to buy in town but one or two purchases made in our town instead of Homegoods, Target, Zappos or Wal-Mart can make a big difference if we all choose to do so. Picking up a birthday gift or hostess gift is so much more easily done in town than on Connecticut Ave. or the Post Road.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts as New Canaan residents? Any ideas you have that you would like to share? Please share any thoughts you may have and let's keep brainstorming. I have no doubt we will solve this issue together.
On a different note, this past Father's Day our family attended Caffeine and Carburetors which is always fun and draws a crowd. It is a super event for all ages. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite cars. You can view more info at www.caffeineandcarburetors.com.
Hope to see you there next time!