Economics commission celebrates dwindling Main Street retail vacancies

The winter slump of empty Main Street storefronts appears to have come to a close, after several new businesses announced plans to open. “Everything seems to be rented in town, except for the framing place,” said Chairman Arnold Light of the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) on April 1. Vice Chairman John Devine noted that the Ridgefield Running Company … read more

Jazz, Funk, and Blues weekend will be Sept. 5-8

The second annual Jazz, Funk, and Blues weekend will be held from Sept. 5-8, according to Geoffrey Morris of the Economic and Community Development Commission. “CHIRP has scheduled Fairfield Counts for Thursday, Sept. 5, at Ballard Park, and then the library, the Aldrich, and Lounsbury House are going to fill in the blanks and book people,” Morris said. Once the … read more

Wi-Fi in the village? Economic commission debates public Internet access

Free public Wi-Fi — wireless Internet access for cell phones and other mobile devices — in downtown Ridgefield received tentative support from the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) Monday night. “You have one hub — which would be in town hall — and then you have a series of booster-receivers that go around, so we could do all of … read more

Organika plans to open vegan kitchen in former Johnny Gelato location

Downtown Ridgefield might be getting another new eatery. This time it’s a vegan kitchen named Organika that’s slated to open in the former Johnny Gelato storefront at 424 Main Street. An employee at Organika’s New Canaan location confirmed the plans to open a business in Ridgefield. Organika is also on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda Tuesday night. The business is … read more

No right on red: State changes turning rules at Prospect and Main Street

Drivers used to taking the right turn from Prospect Street onto Main Street will have to be a little more patient going forward. The state will add a “no turn on red” sign at the intersection of Main and Prospect streets, according to Police Chief Jeff Kreitz. A similar request for a no turn on red sign in the right-turn … read more

Main Street project pushed back a year

A renovated — and hopefully rejuvenated — Main Street is still seen as part of Ridgefield’s future. But it doesn’t look like it will be happening as soon as state and town officials had thought. “Everything’s pushed back a year,” said Charles Robbins, a Planning and Zoning Commission member tapped by First Selectman Rudy Marconi to serve as a liaison … read more

Women’s boutique HERs to open in former Farmers Insurance space on Main Street

Wilton-based women’s boutique HERs is planning to open a second location at 448 Main Street in Ridgefield. The space was formerly occupied by Farmers Insurance, which closed at the end of 2018. Before Farmers Insurance, the storefront was occupied by The Variety Shoppe. Owners of the clothing boutique said they plan to open their Ridgefield location Saturday, Feb. 23. Farmers … read more

Letter: Myths of a ‘bustling’ downtown

To the Editor: Things are repeated so often, we all begin to accept them as gospel truths. “We are an arts destination. They are flocking to our beautiful downtown. The economic development is everywhere.” Let’s look at that one. We opened the Playhouse. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened The Prospector. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened ACT. We now … read more

Reenactment talks: Will soldiers battle again on Main Street?

The redcoats marching down Main Street, the colonials behind their barricade. Another reenactment of the Battle of Ridgefield is being planned. “They want to do it again — just like that last one,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Marconi said Monday, Feb. 4, that he was scheduled to meet with the organizers of the major reenactment of the battle that … read more

Water main break slows traffic downtown

Update, 3 p.m. — A spokesman for Aquarion said the break should be fixed and water pressure restored by 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. “It will impact ten customers — they’re pretty much all businesses,” said Peter Fazekas, of the Aquarion water company. A water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street has delayed traffic in … read more

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