Home & Garden in Asylum Hill

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Brewing wine or beer at home can seem daunting, similar to growing your own food or bathing your own toddler. But for nearly 40 years, the hoochmasters at Brew and Wine Hobby have been making that dream a reality. Besides supplying everything a casual enthusiast needs to get started fermenting, beer and wine enthusiasts lead educational classes that cover chemistry, ingredients, brewing techniques, and how they all affect the final product.

12 Cedar St
East Hartford,
CT
US

Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.

560 New Park Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US

The Claypen is a place where memories are made. Making gifts for a loved one, capturing a newborn’s footprints, birthday parties, scout troops, good times are a regular occurrence here. Where else can grandparents, teenagers, and young children sit together and share the enjoyment of creating.

997 Farmington Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US

Serving fresh and speedy pies across America for more than 50 years, Little Caesars now sates impatient appetites and sauce-starved tongue buds worldwide. Select from 13 toppings to embed like rubies in a sumptuous, made-to-order 14" original crust ($6 with one topping; $1.99 for each additional topping), or plumb the savory strata of a large cheese or pepperoni deep-dish ($7.99). Little Caesars' large Hot-N-Ready pizzas are available to drop-in patrons posthaste, eliminating stress caused by spur-of-the-moment houseguests who insist on sleeping on doughy disks ($5). Italian cheese bread ($4.29) and Caesar wings with barbecue or buffalo sauce ($10 for 16) are available for stomachs that have developed crust issues ever since they caught pizza sharing a plate with pre-dressed salad.

1380 Berlin Tpke
Wethersfield,
CT
US

In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.

43 Westfarms Mall
Farmington,
CT
US

For 18 years, foodies at For the Kitchen have stocked their shelves with premium pots, pans, cutlery, and kitchen accessories. Striving to stock items "customers will only have to buy once," shopkeepers source brands known for durability and high performance. All-Clad, Berndes, and Scanpan pots and pans quickly heat up meats, veggies, and frozen archeological artifacts atop the stove, and French-made Staub dutch ovens equipped with self-basting lids leave slow-cooked items tender and brimming with flavor. In addition to the big-ticket items, smaller kitchen accessories such as Microplane graters, cookie cutters, and vegetable peelers ease everyday cooking. Regardless of the size of the item they grab, shoppers can count on free gift-wrapping to make a present extra special or a utensil holder extra colorful.

2850 Main St
Glastonbury,
CT
US