“06880” reported yesterday that Greens Farms Spirit Shop was for sale. It was right there online, with an MLS listing.
Yesterday afternoon, owner Nick Conti emailed:
“Been hearing a lot of chatter today about my store being for sale. I can personally tell you: ‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.’ The store is not, in fact, for sale. I have had the store for almost 4 years now and couldn’t be happier in Westport. It’s a tremendous community!”
It seems a broker Nick had not met before misinterpreted an offhand remark, and posted — without his knowledge — an item about the sale. (“The MLS is a strange place to market a business,” Nick adds.)
So, not only is Greens Farms Spirit Shop not for sale. But the store was just recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 retailers, by Beverage Dynamics magazine.
It’s all good. Party on!
Alert — and thirsty (though not for alcohol) – “06880” reader Mark Lassoff writes:
“I get off I-95 at the Southport exit yesterday, on my way to my Westport office.
“The Maple Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts was shuttered, without warning.
“The ‘New Dunkin’ opening in 3 days’ sign in Compo Shopping Center had not changed in a week
“Coffee An’ is closed for vacation.
“And Mrs. London’s Bakery is closed and locked, with no lights on and no sign on the door.
“I was forced to get coffee at Manna Toast ($5.19, from a thermos).
“When will the new Dunkin’ open? Downtown office workers are having a coffee crisis!”
Too bad, Mark: You should have looked more closely (or perhaps driven by a few minutes later).
Westport’s newest/most recently relocated Dunkin’ opened yesterday. Enjoy!
(Pro tip: Park in the back lot. There’s plenty of room. Unlike, ahem, the front.)
Everyone continues to rave about Old Mill Grocery — the newly reopened deli/market on Hillspoint Road.
And by “everyone,” we mean all kinds of people.
And their pets.
With plenty of dog treats on the shelf (courtesy of Earth Animal), we’ve seen lots of tail wagging — inside, and out front.
Cathy Malkin sent this photo of Yogi Bear, and says he gives the new place “2 paws up”:
Meanwhile, Maggie Moffitt Rahe reports — happily — “the line was out the door. One can only say ‘thank you” to the donors for opening the doors again. It’s bustling, and beautiful.”
Not far away at Compo, every Tuesday during the summer, the Y’s Men picnic near the cannons. Once a year, they use it to raise funds for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
This week’s hot dog cookout for the camp was the most successful ever
Several dozen Y’s Men and spouses — plus frequent Y’s Men speaker and loyal supporter 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker — enjoyed hundreds of dogs. They were donated by Y’s Man David Kalman, and grilled by members Roy McKay and Larry Licht.
Also at Compo: For a few weeks after it was installed, the new electronic sign notifying beachgoers of the parking situation sat idle.
Yesterday, it worked.
Well, if you disregard those diagonal black lines everywhere.
Flyers distributed yesterday in Saugatuck announced a state Department of Transportation “I-95 Resurfacing and Median Reconstruction Project, to begin July 2022.”
The bridge over Saugatuck Avenue will be replaced, using “Accelerated Bridge Construction Methods called Lateral Slide, which minimizes the disruption to I-95 commuters.”
In addition, the I-95 bridges over Franklin Street and the Saugatuck River will undergo concrete deck repairs, replacement of expansion joints and installation of new standpipes.
A portion of the structure will be replaced over a weekend, with 2 lanes of traffic in each direction.
Other work includes:
- Reconstruction of the center median and right shoulders along with resurfacing of the highway mainline and ramps at Interchanges 16 and 17.
- Median will be reconstructed consistent with other stretches of I-95 to provide a 6-foot-wide capped concrete barrier section.
- Wider left and right shoulders where possible.
- Improve drainage by replacing and re-routing drainage structures
- Replacement of the existing highway illumination system
- Install new realigned Incident Management System (IMS)
- Install new guide rail
- Utilize wet retroreflective pavement markings to provide increased visibility of pavement markings in wet conditions.
(Hat tip: Ken Stamm)
Matthew Hooper and his wife live near downtown. On Tuesday night, walking in that often bustling area, he spotted 2 deer.
One was happily hanging out at the Millman & Millman law office. Moments later it as joined by another, strolling right down the yellow line on Main Street.
Whether they were looking for legal advice, or perhaps a gelato, they captured Matthew’s attention. And he captured one on camera, for “Westport … Naturally.”
And finally … Mark Lassoff may not be able to find a cup of coffee. But if he’s lookin for java: