The number of non-food downtown New Canaan businesses that opened during the Caffeine & Carburetors car show last weekend was six, according to the Advertiser’s count, and that was up from two that were open during the September C&C event.
The car enthusiast attraction, which was held last Sunday, Oct. 25, between Main Street and Grove Street between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., drew its usual crowd of nearly two thousand people. Specialty cars line the streets and Elm and Pine become pedestrian malls with people of all ages.
Albert hair salon, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and New Canaan Toy Store were opened during the car show, and they joined Found home decor and L’Armoire women’s boutique — two stores that were opened for the September show and this week’s show.
State senate candidate Alex Bergstein and Jen Zonis were seen walking down Pine with a shopping bag from L’Armoire, and another customer was seen exiting that store with a bag in hand. Owner Diane Roth said Caffeine & Carburetors is “the most important event for downtown.”
New Canaan Toy Store owner Nathan Shapiro, who acquired the store in August, told the Advertiser he was “very happy” that he opened at 9 a.m. instead of his normal 11 a.m. Sunday opening.
Those were “absolutely good two hours,” he said. “A lot of people came in and bought toys.”
“There was a good vibe in town,” Shapiro said.
In September the store Found had shoppers during the car event, but this month a manager there reported that being open during the show did not bring traffic inside the store.
Albert said he did not open the salon because of the car show (he did not know it was coming), but he was happy to be open and had a young customer at 9 a.m.
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