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New Canaan Shoppers Wrap Up Buying

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Even with pain in her feet, Sally Naar managed to smile while walking on Elm Street on Wednesday.

The three shopping bags in her hand were the reason why. The bags and their contents represented the completion of her Christmas shopping. “I’m done,” said Naar, visiting from Putnam Valley, N.Y.  “I did pretty good.”

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, several shoppers in downtown New Canaan are saying they’re done or close to being finished checking off their lists.

Naar said her list was made easier because she is giving gift certificates to her grandchildren and that was done online. “About 50 (percent) to 60 percent of it. It’s easy,” she said.

William and Beverly Osgood of Ridgefield are nearing the finish line, relying on online purchases to close out their shopping. The couple is about 90 percent done. “The grandkids are older and now they’re getting just one thing,” Beverly Osgood said. “They send us links to what they want.”

Though both carried bags after visits to Penny Weights and Rugby, William Osgood joked that he was little more than a spectator. “I carry bags, drive and pay,” he said.

Andrea Chalon and her daughter Emily, 16, need to pick up the pace a little. The elder Chalon says she has only shopped for about 40 percent of the people on her list. Working full time makes getting to the stores a bit difficult. “It’s tough finding time for it,” she said. Chalon plans to shop at New Canaan shops rather than rely on e-commerce. “I’ll try to give business to local shops, but not everything can be bought here,” she said.

Irene Cleary of New Canaan expected to be finished after walking to Elm Street Books. Cleary doesn’t plan to do any online shopping, preferring to find her gifts at local shops or at a nearby standalone Lord & Taylor store. “I don’t go to malls,” she said. “There are a lot of shops in New Canaan."

Elizabeth Correa, co-owner of Candy Nichols, is pleased with the turnout at her children’s clothing store, with many looking for coats and other warm garments for sons, daughters, nephews, nieces and grandchildren. “It’s been good,” Correa said. “It’s been about what I expected. I’m happy.” Correa anticipates the shop will be buzzing over the weekend, the last full one before Christmas.

She also expects to be busy with the gift wrap throughout the weekend. “I do a lot of wrapping,” she said.

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