Since 1986, wine experts at GrapesWine.com have meticulously tasted and compiled a handpicked selection of domestic and imported fine wines. The easy to navigate website aids patrons with recommendations. Proprietor John Caplan hand-selects wines of the week, choosing a vast selection of reds, whites, ros?s, ports, and dessert and sparkling wines, all of which hail from across the globe, from California to South Africa. Aspiring connoisseurs attend popular and highly-acclaimed wine tastings, led by knowledgeable tasters Jim Winston and Jay Boland as they recount the flavorful notes and fragrant bouquets of countless varieties. Customers can create a case of favorites and pick up at a later date or have wines conveniently delivered to their homes or office within days.
More than 5,000 full costumes, masks, and accessories for purchase or rent disguise the racks at Happy Daze Costumes. Wearable characters include the big brown dog ($54.99), granting free reign to bark at a party host's other guests, or the straight jacket ($34.99), absolving the wearer of having to hold anyone's drink. The guise depot also carries a large number of accessories for completing getups, such as a sequin scepter ($4.99) for a beauty queen or dainty ghoul. Rentals ($25–$125) include both full costumes and accessories to be kept for a week. Choices include a devastating toreador lady and the ever-popular pumpkin.
Parents and kids enter Polly Wolly Doodle to forage through baby supplies, toys for children about 10 years old and younger, and board games that challenge the strategy skills of all ages. Eyes search for images with Spot It! card games ($13.95), and Bananagrams spill their letter tiles across tables, beckoning players to construct words or the DNA sequence for their favorite eye color ($14.95). Families break from games to marvel at an artificial butterfly that flaps its wings inside a jar ($22.95). For baby supplies, hands wrap up infants in one-size-fits-all cloth diapers from Fuzzibuns ($22.95), which comfort miniature humans as they test their teeth around a Sophie the Giraffe teething toy ($22.95). Polly Wolly Doodle's crafty staff can gift-wrap all purchases for free at the customer's request or skillfully performed charades gesture.
It’s not always easy to know everything going on in your community, but The Hour’s comprehensive reporting gives citizens in Fairfield County a near-complete perspective on local news and events. Each section, whether read in its paper, online, or tablet version, is filled with in-depth news that covers local and national happenings down to community events, opinion columns, and sports. The You Report section even encourages locals to fill in the gaps in local news with their own accounts of newsworthy goings-on, such as the accomplishments of locals or the progress of the new plant Mrs. Johnson hopes not to overwater. Among the paper’s popular sections, the entertainment calendar keeps readers up-to-date with upcoming art exhibits, concerts, and lectures, and the business section helps gauge local economic progress.
At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
Sisters Helen Danial and Diana Gould believe that the right treat can brighten someone's day. As the founders and chocolatiers of Chocolate Rain Shop, the pair is in the professional day-brightening business. The sisters whip all-natural chocolate, carefully selected fruit, and creamy caramel into decadent desserts and everyday indulgences. Confections can be customized for weddings and other special events, and seasonal offerings celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate hearts, St. Patrick's Day with green shamrocks, and Opposite Day with plain brussels sprouts. Danial and Gould aim to spread the sweetness to the community as well and have designed dog- and cat-shaped chocolate pieces to raise funds for PAWS, an animal charity.