Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

We are excited to say Summer is here! Darien truly comes to life during these warm Summer months and we are thrilled for what’s to come. From the fun-filled days at Weed Beach to shopping at the upcoming sidewalk sales, there is much to be excited about in town. In particular, us realtors can’t wait to Rock the Plaza during Darien Summer Nights Concert Series at Grove Street Plaza on June 12 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. Stop by and enter in the raffle for a chance to win some great prizes!

We’re also eagerly awaiting submissions for our Town Slogan contest, which is going on now! Have a slogan for us? Submit it here: https://darienrealtors.com/town-slogan-contest/

Highlights: Class of 2019

The countdown gets shorter  with every passing day as the Darien Class of 2019 prepares for the bittersweet realization that this is it. Graduation.

Join the community on Tuesday, June 18 at 5 p.m. on the Darien High School Stadium Field in this no-ticket-necessary event. Doors open at 4 p.m., and be aware that seats are first-come, first-served.

We would like to extend congratulations to Darien salutatorian, Aram Russell, and valedictorian, Ria Dhull who were announced on May 23 at the school’s awards ceremony. We congratulate all of the Darien graduates, and wish the Class of 2019 much success in their future endeavors. Wherever you decide to go from here, remember you are always welcome in your hometown of Darien.


There are almost 600 Pure Barre studios around the country, but there’s nothing quite like the community-energy we get from Pure Barre in Darien, CT. Whether you’ve been an active member of the leading franchise for years, or just joined the Darien location, owner Kristin McClutchy, makes it her goal to create a friendly environment among barre clients. In fact, she looks at the class roster each day to introduce herself to anyone who may be new. “We always try to make new connections,” says Kristin. Recently, a newcomer all the way from Alabama was welcomed with open-arms. Having moved from the familiar to the unfamiliar due to the travel commute in and out of NYC, the woman immediately felt at ease among the Pure Barre community.

Aside from new clients, Kristin values community involvement through event hosting and fundraisers such as the Horizons program and OPUS. Members enjoy walking or riding bikes to and from the barre studio, as well as heading to the beach after class!



Welcome to Roost, Darien’s newest eatery on the Post Road with its very own French Culinary Institute trained chef and owner Mike Pietrafeso at the helm! Mike was in the kitchen at LeFarm for three years after graduating, and soon after he ventured out on his own and opened up Aida’s Kitchen in Riverside CT. He set his sights on Darien for his next venture in search of a much larger space where he envisioned his made-to-order food always hot and always healthy and delicious. Roost serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a catering menu as well. From smoothies and salads, to avocado toast and breakfast burritos, there’s something for everyone’s palate. “Mike’s wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with his desire to support local farms and communities, is a perfect combination for creating delicious scratch-made food for everyone to enjoy.”- Roost www.roostdarien.com.



Many of you in town may remember the old Pedal and Pump on Tokeneke Road. When that closed many years ago, Darien was left without a town bike shop. When the new building at 1950 Post Road opened last year, Danny’s Cycles was thrilled to open their space in the amazing community of Dairen. Danny’s cycles has been around for about 40 years and this is the most recent of their seven stores. They are privately owned and believe that smaller is better and that the community is what keeps your business going— so you’d better give back! Ed is the outgoing and knowledgeable shop manager who was greeting his customers by name as we were speaking to him. Ed is thrilled that Danny’s cycles donates bikes to local charities like St. Johns Church, Hindley School, Chelsea Piers and many more.

The business itself caters to the entire family, from small children to the aspiring racer, and even the weekend warriors. They even organize weekly rides for entry level attendees, but they encourage every level to come out. The newest “toy” in the shop is the E-bike and as Ed says— once you go e-bike you never go back! The bike is commonly sold to commuters or individuals with range of motion issues who want to keep riding in Connecticut's hilly terrain. Please go down and visit Ed to get your bike tuned, to find a new bike, or donate your old bike! www.dannyscycles.com


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    Darien Board of Realtors®

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