Connecticut Stores and Shopping

$17 for $30 Worth of Adult Novelties at After Midnight

After Midnight

Newfield - Westover - Turn of River

$30 $17

In business more than 25 years, this erotic boutique provides customers with an extensive variety of products to enhance their love lives

$20 for $40 Worth of Flowers, Bulbs, and Bouquets at Dutch Flower Lady

Dutch Flower Lady

Waterbury

$40 $20

Dutch expat imports exotic flower varieties for home gardens, arrangements, and bouquets

$17 for $30 Worth of Children's Clothing — Posh Kids Boutique

Posh Kids Boutique

Norwalk

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Danbury Fair Mall

$50 $25

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

Bike and Ski Gear and Services, or Ski or Snowboard Tuneup at Suburban Sports (50% Off)

Suburban Ski and Bike

Berlin

$20 $10

Mechanics get skis and snowboards ready for winter with a tuneup; stock includes bike helmets, accessories, and a ski shop

Glassware at West Hartford or Farmington Location from Maximum Beverage (Up to 50% Off)

Maximum Beverage

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Shoppers fill their cabinets with brand new red- and white-wine glasses, champagne flutes, whiskey glasses, and pint glasses

$54 for $99 "Footprints in the Sand" Gold Bracelet — The Electrified Discounters

Electrified Discounters Inc

Hamden

$99 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$6 for $10 Worth of Fabric — A Little Square LLC

A Little Square Boutique

Fairfield

$10 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

College and Sports Gifts, Apparel, and Toys at Statement USA (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Statement USA

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Classic navy-blue Yale T-shirts and vintage Hartford Whalers caps are sold alongside whimsical iPhone cases and "I Love CT" stickers

Lingerie and Swimwear at Tina's Fine Lingerie (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tina's Fine Lingerie

Middletown

$50 $25

Women shop collections of sultry body suits, bustiers, and hosiery or check out the array of bright swimwear and sky-high heels

$11 for $20 Groupon — Small Potatoes

Small Potatoes Crafts & Gifts

Norwich

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for Video Rentals and Game Purchases at Video 7 Rental & Repair ($20 Value)

Video 7 Rental & Repair

Shelton

$5 $2.50

Choose from over 17,000 VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray titles at local shop that gets many new releases 30 days before Netflix and Redbox

Wine Class with Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 54% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

$70 $35

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Wine tasting matches gourmet chocolates with globally sourced cheese, and includes a keepsake glass

Jewelry and Accessories at Fashion Center (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Fashion Center

Westfield Trumbull Mall

$30 $15

Shoppers adorn themselves with elegant new handbags, bracelets, necklaces, and hair clips

Explore the Stars Astronomy Tour for Two Adults or Children at Mark's Tree Farm (Up to 62% Off)

Mark's Tree Farm

Lebanon

$130 $49

High-powered laser pointer and large telescope showcase planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy tour

Consignment Apparel, Accessories, Home Decor, and Furniture at Karma's Closet (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Karma's Closet

Newington

$20 $10

Apparel and accessories by brands such as Coach, Free People, and White House Black Market; sea-glass necklaces crafted by local artisans

Wine Tasting and Class for One or Two at Black Bear Wines & Spirits (Up to 51% Off)

Black Bear Wines & Spirits

Westport

$50 $25

During the 90-minute class, wine experts teach visitors to distinguish grape variety, vintage, and region

Upscale Boutique Clothing and Accessories at Teen Scene Consignments (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Teen Scene Consignments

Canton

$30 $15

Shoppers can browse through new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories at this trendy boutique

Medals and Medal Engraving from Express Medals (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Express Medals

South Windsor

$30 $15

Express Medals sells and ships medals for all occasions from cross country and softball to chess, cricket, and water skiing

$25 for $50 Worth of Footwear at Runner’s Roost

Runner's Roost

Darien

$50 $25

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Footwear from brands such as Nike, Asics, and New Balance; experienced staff focuses on injury prevention

Consignment Clothing, Accessories, and Housewares at Sweet Repeats Consignment (50% Off)

Sweet Repeats Consignment

Southwick

$20 $10

Consignment items that range from clothing for women, men, and children to books, toys, jewelry, and housewares

Fine Wines at The Wine Cellar Outlet (Up to 46% Off)

The Wine Cellar Outlet

Wallingford

$50 $29

Stock up on award-winning bottles of wine, from Sauvignon Blancs to Malbecs

Women's Clothing and Accessories at a.k.a. Pinky (50% Off). Two Options Available.

a.k.a. Pinky

Greenwich

$40 $20

Fashionistas can find a vast selection of colorful apparel and accessories, including dresses, tunics, jackets, bangles, and handbags

12-Week Subscription to "The Day" (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

"The Day"

Redeem from Home

$33 $9.99

Award-winning publishing company produces a daily periodical covering business, entertainment, and sports news in southeastern Connecticut

Home Furnishings and Antiques at United House Wrecking (51% Off). Two Options Available.

United House Wrecking

Stamford

$100 $49

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Family-owned business helps update homes with unique pieces, including lighting, furniture, architectural items, and decorative accessories

Two-Hour Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses from GrapesWine.com (75% Off)

GrapesWine.com

Multiple Locations

$80 $20

Wine experts Jim Winston or Jay Boland will lead guests through an entertaining and educational two-hour wine-tasting event

"The Hour" Newspaper and Online Subscription from The Hour Publishing Company (Half Off). Three Options Available.

The Hour Publishing Company

Redeem from Home

$24.05 $12

Local newspaper covers sports, business, and news in Fairfield County and nationally; online access included

$12 for $25 Worth of Shoes at Comfort Footwear Etc.

Comfort Footwear Etc.

West Hartford

$25 $12

Shoppers can browse through an extensive selection of orthopedic, diabetic, professional, and casual footwear; free computerized foot scan

$15 for $30 Worth of Women's Clothing and Accessories at Sofia Mia

Sofia Mia

Monroe

$30 $15

Boutique offers trendy fashion for women with a selection of bags, scarves, jewelry, and clothing from yoga pants to dresses

All-Natural Beauty and Wellness Products at Vital Rain (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Vital Rain

Newtown

$20 $12

Natural, toxin-free soaps, balms, and wellness aids for babies, new moms, and other health-conscious shoppers

Jewelry, Watches, and Repair Services at Loucri Jewelers (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Loucri Jewelers

Greenvale

$40 $20

Gemstone earrings, Swarovski accessories, diamond engagement rings, and watches glitter inside cases; expert staff repairs damaged pieces

$69 for an iOS and Android App-Design Course from EwB ($465 Value)

EwB

Online Deal

$465 $69

12 months of access to a self-guided app design course compiled by No. 1 app designer Chris Stevens with 15+ hours of learning material

$69 for an iOS and Android App-Design Course from EwB ($465 Value)

EwB

Online Deal

$465 $69

12 months of access to a self-guided app design course compiled by No. 1 app designer Chris Stevens with 15+ hours of learning material

Apparel at GMI CLOTHING COMPANY (45% Off)

GMI Clothing Company

Trumbull

$40 $22

Get one of GMI's "Dream Big, Do Big" hoodies or sweatshirts

Sun Readers with Magnification at Madison & Mulholland (Up to 67% Off)

Madison & Mulholland

Greenwich

$70 $35

Eyewear dealer specializes in celebrity-alike looks with practical, non-prescription magnification lenses

$11 for $20 Worth of Jewelry and Accessories at I AM

I AM

Danbury

$20 $11

On-trend pendants, rings, scarves, and wallets, many of which boast the shop's own YSTRDY label

$39 for Two 90-Minute Introductory Wine Classes at The Wine Mapp ($90 Value)

The Wine Mapp

Greenwich

$90 $39

Two 90-minute wine-education classes cover wine basics and how best to pair wine and food; samples are included

Select Local Merchants

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.

396 Main Street
Bridgeport,
CT
US

Since Jim and Mike Amore opened Jet Cleaners in 1956, the place has become a rite of passage not only for Mike Amore Jr., who worked there as a teen and now represents the third generation of his family's business. The company's Facebook page fondly catalogs photos of staff through the decades, occasionally noting the growth of their careers and families, or marking their passing. The good feelings are mutual, as the community voted Jet Cleaners Elm City's Best Dry Cleaner and Tailor in 2011. Voting with their dollars, the Yale Repertory Theater and Yale Medical School entrust Amore and his team with their costumes and lab coats, a practice begun after hearing the school's dean relied on them to starch his upper lip. A light touch with these delicate materials extends to refreshing heirloom quilts and wedding gowns, as well as tailoring suits.

687 State St
New Haven,
CT
US

At City Steam Brewery Cafe, the owners concoct some of the area’s finest beers, scoring “best of” awards from Hartford magazine and Connecticut Magazine. They also brew potent batches of laughter inside their 200-seat comedy show-room theater. Ensconced in the historic Brown Thomson and Co. building, which was the state’s largest department store in 1877, Brew Ha Ha once was known as the Last Laugh Comedy Club, where fledgling unknowns such as Ray Romano and Kevin James vied for laughs in the smoky rathskeller of a restaurant.

Reborn in 1997 under a new moniker, the standup speakeasy keeps its calendar packed with nationally touring comics and local joke slingers. During shows, guests can toast with mugs of handcrafted beer and make edible sculptures of their favorite comedian using menu’s custom burgers, pizzas, and omelets.

942 Main St
Hartford,
CT
US

Many consider scuba diving a hobby or fun activity to do on vacation, but for Capt. Saam, it has become a lifestyle. He learned to scuba-dive more than 35 years ago and has gone on to not only establish his namesake scuba school but also obtain a US Coast Guard master license, teach scuba diving in Hawaii, and make regular tropical-dive trips. All of his scuba-diving and maritime experiences have pooled into a vast reservoir of knowledge which he passes on to his scuba-school crew?all of whom are NAUI- and PADI-certified instructors and dive masters. Together they immerse students in aquatic classes??both group and private??modeled after those practiced by police and fire-department scuba teams. They keep group lessons small?no more than seven students per session?to ensure personalized instruction and each student's safety.

Students develop their passion and ability to explore subaquatic terrains while also learning survival skills. They learn procedures to calmly handle accidents during first aid and safety courses, train to become lifeguards, or master the art of prying a friend out of a whale?s baleen. Those looking to clock in more hours exploring the ocean can opt for a local dive charter, which ferries 18-25 scuba divers and snorkelers aboard Capt. Saam's boat the Silver Dolphin as it sets sail to a variety of diving locations, from Smith's Reef and Sheffield Island to Gwendolyn Steers Wreck.

Though Capt. Saam's is a scuba school first and foremost, the center also offers equipment rentals and tank fills at its full retail dive shop, tropical-dive trips to the Caribbean, and a ground aviation-training course that teaches students the basics of flight.

863 E Main St
Stamford,
CT
US

Under the leadership of manager Michael Shinsky, New Balance's professional fit specialists employ their expertise and iStep machine to fit runners, walkers, and athletes with an appropriate pair of New Balance shoes. Properly fitted footwear prevents blisters, strains, and comparisons to clowns. A selection of athletic apparel garbs active people from head to toe, encouraging support and free movement. The shop gives back to the community by raising money for charity, hosting road races, and accepting used footwear donations for Kids Helping Kids and Soles for Souls.

128 Main St
New Canaan,
CT
US

Jim, the owner and operator of Extreme Paintball, bought his first paintball marker––a Nelspot 007––more than 20 years ago. Shortly after discovering his passion, he toured the country on a National Professional Paintball League team, retiring after 11 years to open Extreme Paintball. Nowadays, Jim and his staff work to introduce new players to his preferred method of paintball: woodsball. Contrasting with bunker-based speedball, woodsball is played in the natural outdoors, such as in the woods or at the bottom of the ocean.

At Extreme Paintball, Jim's three vast courses are designed around different scenarios with thematic obstacles scattered throughout to enhance the experience. The tank course carries the scars of war as crashed planes and the wrecked husks of tanks litter the battlefield, and the Vietnam course is shrouded in the area's densest foliage, finally making use of all the artificial trees populating the region. Jim's team rotates the courses throughout the year to preserve the environment and create an ever-changing battlefield.

476 Boyden St.
Waterbury,
CT
US