Lounge Act: New business at Calhoun Square


Good friends Dan Vargas and Terry Terwedo haven’t slowed down much. Vargas has owned and operated Vstate Clothing in Calhoun Square for about four years and Terwedo is currently co-owner of Atmosfere, a clothing store across the intersection from Calhoun Square. But between 2001 and 2008 these two created club parties on the order of about one a month acting as primary promoters. They still throw their annual New Year’s party they claim is the best in the city and they’ve just brought their promotional talents to Suburban World Theater for a Halloween blowout. They don’t produce quite as many parties now but Vargas is still noticeably restless about doing more in the nightlife genre.

Enter the Lounge

Above his Vstate store in Calhoun Square is a space he’s been eyeing for about a year and for which he’ll soon be closing a deal. Across from Sushi Tango near the east entrance of Calhoun Square Vargas envisions a swanky martini bar and lounge with booths and tables. The restaurant will be open seven days a week mostly for dinner and late nights but also serving lunch and brunch on the weekends.

He won’t divulge his head chef but promises that he knows a lot of people in the industry and plans on reeling in an outstanding artisan to create a menu on par with Chino Latino. The food will be South American in origin and his expected opening date will be early spring.

Other Calhoun Square developments include a new short list of retail businesses ready in time for the holiday shopping season.

Hobbies From James: opened late October

Here you will find board games, puzzles, brain teasers, game sets such as chess, cribbage, collectable card games as well as other things.

Geetanjoli Sari Fashion: opened late October

A new store that will carry a high-end selection of Indian accessories and clothing. Geetanjoli sells Indian scarves, belly dancer outfits, jewelry and clothing.

She sources her Indian fashions from designers based in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chennai and Bangalore.

More information is available at www.geetanjolisarifashion.com. 

Agan Traders: open early November

Owner Arun Rajbhandary is a previous tenant. In his new store he’ll have a collection of knitted sweaters and jackets, hats and mittens, purses, jewelry, accessories as well as some home decor items.

Five Floor Kiosks: installed November 8

Five new kiosks for the common area of Calhoun Square; four will be placed on first floor down the center court and one upstairs just north of the escalator. Additional tenants include Global Cellular, which will be selling cell phone accessories, as well as New York Shades, which will offer ornaments and toys through the holidays and then will switch to sunglasses in January.