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Liz was drawn into this shop by the Giant Gum Ball machine in the front window. One side of the shop has loose candy for sale by weight. The other side of the shop has stuffed animals, children's clothes, toys, accesories and even ice cream.
What to buy: Anything your sweet toth desires. Liz bought some strawberry sour candy strings and I bought some swizzle sticks.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 136 Washington Street
My wife and I always stop at this shop when we are here for groceries. Since Stew Leonards is just across the street it is only logical to make the pit stop in to pick up a few bottles of our favorites.
The store has a nice selection of wines and hard liquors. The sections are broken down by country then region and finally variety. This makes it very easy to find what you are looking for or to stumble upon something new. Staff here is very friendly and helpful which makes it a pleasure to shop here. They also have wine tastings which are always a favorite for us; you never know if you'll find something wonderful.
Our last visit here we literally shopped until we dropped and it was the holiday season. I found a few bottles of Luigi Bosca DOC (2006) that I just had to have along with some Australian and New Zealand wines. I also stocked up on a few bottles of JW Blue since it was actually on sale for a good price. Liz found a few Australian and Italian wines of her liking as well as some of her favorite Belgian beer. Our cart was brimming to capacity when we hit the check out line.
Updated Jan 1, 2011
Stew Leonard's is where Liz and I do our weekly grocery shopping. Stew's has wonderful, fresh food and lots of variety. Their baked goods, vegetables, fruit, prepared foods, flowers, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and frozen departments have everything you could want to eat. Stews is a fun store with animatronic dolls swinging from above and singing. Cows moo in the walls and there is often costumed characters wandering the aisles to entertain the kids.
Stews also has free samples at every department; so you can try before you buy. This concept has influenced many a purchase since we enjoyed the sample so much. The prices here are very good and we love the food quality. A trip to Stews isn't complete without picking up a frozen yogurt cone on the way out....I look forward to it on every trip..Yum!
The flowers and seasonal plants are very fresh and of good quality especially the sunflowers (one of Liz's favorites). the pumpkins for Halloween are always round and sturdy and the Christmas plants make great gifts.
We love shopping at Stew Leonards and every shopping trip we discover something new to love.
What to buy: There is so much to love about this store when it comes to food. I love their apple cider donuts and their portugese rolls. They make incredible foccacia bread with tasty fresh tomatoes. Liz loves their rice cakes but I have no taste for the "popped air". The cheeses here are very good and their have an incredible horseradish cheddar and an imported Swiss. Their prepared food is quite good with some tasty eel rools, stuffed mushrooms, salas, whole roasted chicken, and delicious clam chowder. Their fresh apple cider is incredibly good and we always leave with it when it's in season.
** I love their apple cider donuts and have become addicted.....so yum.**
The frozen yogurt her has daily special flavors. Our recent shopping trip I had a strawberry and Pistachio swirl...incredibly good.
What to pay: Affordable. We can leave with a full cart of groceries for $100-150.
If you spend $100 you get a free ice cream cone or small coffee on your way out.
Updated Nov 1, 2010
Address: 100 Westport Avenue
Phone: (203) 847-7214
This Barnes and Noble has a decent travel section considering it is a small location. We were in the area shopping and decided to stop in and see if they had any newer travel guides for our upcoming trip. Liz is a fan of Knopf Guides and happened to find on on Rio and I found a Time out for Rio as well. I was glad we stopped in; we had not found these in the other Barnes and Noble stores we have been checking.
What to pay: With our discount we paid under $6 for the Knopf Guide and the Time out was $14 and change.
Written Nov 1, 2010
Address: 360 Connecticut Avenue
Phone: (203) 866-2213
Chocopologie is a reatuarnat as well as a chocolate shop. Liz and I often come here to eat but my last visit here was to shop. The store has a large display case filled with delicious desserts, cookies and chocolate creations. They also have boxed chocolates and bars for sale as well.
I came here to get some stocking stuffer gifts for Liz. I was able to find some of her favoite chocolates as well as a few gift boxes to bring to my Mother in laws for Christmas. Fortunately the place wasn't packed and I was in and out in less than 15 minutes.
What to buy: I bought some Hannah chocolates for Liz since they are here favorites. They are burnt caramels covered in chocolate and topped with Hawaiian sea salt.
The boxese of choclate had assorted chocolates and came in a nice red box with a bow.
What to pay: The boxed chocolates were $20 for 9 pieces.
The Hannah chocolates were $10 for 5 pieces.
Written Dec 24, 2009
Address: 12 South Main Street
The shirts in the window lured Ferni in this store....He is a clothing horse, he loves well made good quality shirts, at any cost.
It is definitely the type of store Ferni likes to shop in and he was so happy to be able to find some really great looking and fitting shirts.
What to buy: The store specializes in higher end designer clothing both for men and women with a large selection of dress and casual shirts, sweaters, jeans, jackets and accessories. Many of the shirts are Robert Graham, Haupt and other designer shirts which can also be found in Norstram and Neiman Marcus, but this store has a larger selection.
On our first visit Ferni took home 2 Robert Graham shirts, a beautiful blue (with red) jacquared shirt and the blue/brown/white shirt pic 2. On our second visit he picked out a nice white Robert Graham shirt (pic 1) and dark blue/brown Haupt shirt which were his birthday presents.
What to pay: Expensive. The first two shirts cost $242 (for the blue shirt) and $248 (for the brown, blue, white shirt), both Robert Graham. For the other two shirts I paid $208 for the white Robert Graham shirt and $148 for the blue/brown Haupt shirt.
Updated Dec 29, 2008
Address: 104 Washington St
This is a nice unique store that sells everything. From clothing, to accessories, decorative items. I strolled in and was overwhelmed by all the stuff that is sold here.
I didn't purchase anything in this store, but the jewlery did catch my eye and maybe on our next visit I'll get that nice little necklace I spotted.
What to buy: The store has a wide range of items from clothing, accessories and jewlrey, home and decorative items.
What to pay: From inexpensive to expensive
Updated Nov 14, 2008
Address: 114 Washington Street
This is a fantastic store here on Washington Ave that sells all sorts of candies by weight, ice cream, stuffed animals, some assorted gift items, books, and a few little clothing items for children.
We were walking along Washington Street after stopping at a few other stores when Ferni spotted Rexie's and had to go in. Ferni has a super sweet tooth and was looking for a particular lollipop which he loves.
It felt really nice walking into a store with some character.
What to buy: We purchased a few bags full of assorted candies and of course the lollipops for Ferni.
What to pay: Can't remember the price per lb. but wasn't expenisve at all.
Updated Nov 14, 2008
Address: 136 Washington Avenue