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New Canaan's Goldenberry Celebrates Birth Of The Royal Baby

Goldenberry in New Canaan, which specializes in items from the British Isles, has a cake and flowers out for the birth of the new royal baby, who is third in line to the throne.
Goldenberry in New Canaan, which specializes in items from the British Isles, has a cake and flowers out for the birth of the new royal baby, who is third in line to the throne. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — As the world celebrates the birth of the royal baby, Goldenberry in New Canaan has made preparations of its own for the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child.

“Everybody loves a bit of pomp and glamour in the world,” Deb Hecht, owner of the store, said of the royal family. She added that many, even in the U.S., are enamored of the royal family and the new parents because of their natural charm.

The shop’s preparations for the royal baby began in April, when it participated in the New Canaan Beautifcation League’s Tablescapes fundraiser by putting together a table featuring a blue cake and pink cake along with flowers and a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The store has since removed the pink cake and added more blue baby items now that Prince George Alexander Louis has arrived.

Hecht, who moved her store from Darien to New Canaan earlier this month, offers a wide array of teas, snacks, stationary and other items, including baby clothes and toys, mostly from the British Isles, though she has items made from local artisans and Germany. Much of her selection is exclusive to Goldenberry and is offered at affordable prices.

“I think it’s nice for someone to be able to walk out and feel happy about buying something at whatever the price point is,” she said.

After going to school and working in England, and developing a love of tea, Hecht wanted to make it easier for people to find tea. So she started Goldenberry in 1990. She has expanded her selection and has a wide customer base, from about 15 nearby towns, which includes natives of the British Isles who have moved to the area and people who visited the Isles and are looking for something they found there, she said.

Goldenberry is at 149 Cherry St. in New Canaan. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can also contact the store by calling 203-972-5887 or by email at goldenberrydevonshire@yahoo.com .