Friday, November 21, 2014

New Aperitifs & Cordials


Found on the shelves of Fairway Wine and Spirits in Stamford.





Sustainable America, The Stand & Saraswati’s Yoga Joint Open Houses

The Stand and Saraswati’s Yoga Joint both held their grand re-opening celebration last night at their new location inside the SoNo Ironworks.


Aditi Goswami, founder of Calcutta Kitchens.


The Stand Juice Company owners Mike and Carissa Hvizdo.


Donna Simons founder of Pound Ridge Organics and friend.









David Michel of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Heide Hart, events manager for Sustainable America in Stamford. 


Sustainable America Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz and guests.


Kevin Townley holds Dinosaur Bar-B-Que t-shirt in support of Enduring Freedom veterans.


Special concoction prepared for Saraswati by Kawa Ni in Saugatuck.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

South Moon Under Waiting For The Next Flood

Klaff's lighting left downtown Westport after the last super high tide of Hurricane Sandy flooded their entire basement which is where the repair shop used to be. The new tenant is a national chain clothing store called South Moon Under. This is their first Connecticut location.


Few days ago I spoke with the store manager. She didn't know the previous tenant was flooded. Their entire inventory is in the basement. I showed her how low the opening to the river was, the water often reaches right up to the edge. Isn't time the town decided to build up the wall at that spot to deflect the next rising tides.



Kemper Gunn House's Good Move!

Downtown developers do something right! Read the full story in the Westport Minuteman and check out the YouTube stop motion video of the move at the bottom. 






Once upon a time, Needle Park...

Once upon a time the little park on the corner of Main Street and Post Road East in the heart of downtown Westport used to be an inviting little place to sit, eat a bag lunch, watch traffic, as described by Dan Woog with photos of how it used to look before the new owners of the old library ripped it all apart to replace it with this frigid slab of a concrete!


Tell me, you call that a bench? And check it out, the bench on the left isn't even level with the ground, which is an old trick used by developers to discourage loitering.


Might be time to restore the charm and character of this little corner.


Crooked!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Cobb's Mill Inn Pewter Bar


"In 1936, Alice DeLamar and Jacques deWolfe converted the building to a country inn and fine dining establishment. Among their many improvements were the two fine mahogany and pewter bars rescued from the cruise ship “Normandie”, which can be seen today in the Tavern Room. In the 20th Century, Cobb’s Mill Inn was host to five U.S. Presidents and numerous celebrities." (From Weston Historical Society)





The Naked Y



What is left of the old ivy roots... Let's see if they leave them there to perhaps grow ahead, or simply dig the whole thing up...