Stampin' & Scrappin' Time stuffs its store with neat rows of vibrant paper, stamps, craft supplies, and more while helping shoppers craft memorably charming handmade cards and scrapbooks. Peruse the vast inventory of colored and patterned paper ($.50–$1.99/sheet) to begin crafting tableaus of past family vacations, first days of school, and victorious backyard chinchilla races. Hero Arts wood and cling rubber stamps ($7.35–$15.35) and Memory Box wood stamps ($6.35–$11.35) sport letters, filigrees, shapes, and more, allowing crafty customers to dip them in colorful inks ($4.35–$9.35) and add instant flair to pencil sketches of Parisian pigeon parades. Decorate a newly purchased white Ferrari with pens, markers, and watercolor pencils ($3.35–$8.85) and garnish the resulting creation with a selection of stickers ($2.35–$5.35) to finally impress blasé preschoolers. The creative and amenable staff stays on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and tips and tricks.
A fragrant array of bouquets that burst with purple tulips and sun-yellow daisies tugs at olfactory heartstrings, and a selection of gourmet gift baskets presents a bounty of tastefully arranged treats to distinguished taste buds. Flowers are arranged in bestselling combinations such as the Beautiful in Blue ($62.95), a mix of hydrangea, roses, white lilies and more in a cobalt blue vase. Love on the rocks is best served with a creative and contemporary design such as the Pretty Please arrangement ($44.95), a mélange of blooms in soft rose and lavender shades whose elegant pink bow provides a romantic antidote to a recently penned Dear John letter.
Painter's Supply stocks vibrant interior and exterior paints from top-industry brands alongside the tools needed to apply the new hues. Renters, homeowners, or tree-house speakeasy kingpins can complement paint schemes with implements such as tray liners ($5.13), microfiber roller covers ($3.99), paintbrushes ($20.49 for 2.5" brush), paint pails ($12.53), and paint-pail liners ($5.99). Feel free to solicit professional opinions or appraisals on a dumpster mural from each storefront's design center, which is helmed by proficient painters.
Hearst Connecticut's local newspapers arrive on doorsteps three times a week to equip its readers with The Constitution State’s latest news, sports, and entertainment. Discover local, national, and world headlines, or search for new rides and part-time landscaping work in the extensive classifieds section. Tips on gardening and food preparation fill the Living section in the Connecticut Post, awarded Newspaper of the Year in 2010 by the New England Newspaper and Press association, and the News-Times' Opinion section brings a voice to residents in the greater Danbury areas with letters to the editor. Readers search for local theater productions in the Arts section of the Stamford Advocate, a community publication founded in 1829, or eyes can turn toward Greenwich Time to read the thoughts of its variety of columnists, who stand over readers' shoulders and melodically read their articles about national politics.
Though a lot has changed since Hearst Corporation's humble beginnings in 1887 as a single newspaper, one thing has remained the same: a mission to inform, entertain, and inspire. Hearst Media Services of Connecticut carries out that mission by publishing the four major daily newspapers in Fairfield County.
In southwestern Connecticut, the Connecticut Post keeps readers turning pages with stories such as "Full Disclosure," a tale about toxic waste in Stratford that earned one of the New England Newspaper & Press Association's 2012 Publick Occurrences awards. The News-Times mixes national and international news stories with stories about the Greater Danbury area. The Advocate does the same with Stamford, as does its sister paper, the Greenwich Time, with Greenwich.
Combined with seven weekly newspapers, the four dailies reach more than half a million adults every week. Online, the in-depth investigative reporting of the Connecticut newsgathering team sees an average of 15 million page views per month. They also save people money with the coupons in Savings Source, and they give HealthyLife magazine readers the inside scoop on topics such as fitness, gardening, and how to train dogs to paint white picket fences.