Coffee & Treats in Middletown

$15 for $30 Worth of Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, and Locally Made Ice Cream

Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

$30 $15

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at 226 Jazz Art Java ($24 Value)

226 Jazz Art Java

Windsor

$6 $3

Cappuccinos, espressos, and other coffee drinks match with breakfast sandwiches and pastries in cafe that celebrates local art and music

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ($24 Value)

Sweet Frog

Guilford

$6 $3

21 frozen-yogurt flavors including sweet coconut and georgia peach; available in gelato, low-fat, fat free, non-dairy & gluten-free options

Sandwich Meal for Two or Italian-American Fusion and Pastries at Avventura Deli (Up to 58% Off)

Avventura Deli

Waterbury

$23.66 $10

New York Times-lauded shop serves thick lasagna in homemade sauce, paninis, and gelato made fresh daily

$5 for $10 Worth of Caf? Sandwiches — Brunello Cafe

Brunello Cafe & Gelato

Branford

$10 $5

Discover what locals are raving about: • $5 for $10 to spend on food • Desserts,crepes, gelato or specialty coffees

Frozen Yogurt with Toppings, Smoothies, and Bubble Tea at Go Greenly (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Go Greenly

Downtown

$10 $5

Ecofriendly eatery makes fro-yo with organic Stonyfield yogurt in flavors such as simply taro, strawberry-banana, pomegranate and watermelon

Italian Ice, Gelati, and Frozen Custard Treats at Rita’s of West Haven (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rita’s Italian Ice

West Haven

$4 $2.40

Freshly made Italian ice, seasonal cream ice flavors, old-fashioned custard, and sundaes with limitless toppings

$16.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Eddy's Bake Shop (Up to 45% Off)

Eddy's Bake Shop

Ansonia

$10 $5.50

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Made-from-scratch baked goods such as rye bread, cupcakes, and Hungarian raspberry cookies

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats ($20 Value)

S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

$10 $5.50

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Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream at Sweet Treats Ice Cream ($20 Total Value)

Sweet Treats Ice Cream

Groton

$5 $2.75

Premium ice cream in flavors such as coffee, chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla—all available in cones, sundaes, cups, and shakes

$12 for $24 Worth of Desserts at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Frog

East Longmeadow

$8 $4

75 frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as cake batter, sweet coconut, and peanut butter

$15 for One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes ($30 Value)

Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

$30 $15

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

$10 for $20 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at The Nerdy Spoon

The Nerdy Spoon

Springfield

$20 $10

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

Eastern European Food, Crepes, and Tea at Crepes Tea House (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Crepes Tea House

West Springfield Town

$25 $12

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Crepes filled with fresh fruits and chocolates, or meats and cheeses served alongside European dumplings, potato pancakes, and seafood

Italian Ice, Gelati, and Frozen Custard Treats at Rita’s of Bridgeport (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rita’s Italian Ice

North Bridgeport

$4 $2.40

Frozen custard, sundaes, shakes, gelati, and regular or sugar-free Italian ice made daily from fresh fruit; more than 50 flavors

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for One Medium-Size Smoothie at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

$5.39 $3

Whole Food Nutrition smoothies provide on-the-go meals with 10-14 grams of protein; nutrient-packed Fit 'n Fruitful manage weight-loss goals

Select Local Merchants

Stillanos Pikos has gone from watching stock prices fall on Wall Street to watching cakes rise in the ovens at Fusion Bakery & Patisserie. The bakery owner—who is originally from the Greek island of Rhodes—found his original career in finance to be less than fulfilling. After resisting the urge to follow in the footsteps of his family's food business, Pikos decided to enroll in the Connecticut Culinary School. He worked at an exclusive hotel restaurant before assisting friends with their bakeries, which gave rise to the development of Fusion Bakery & Patisserie. Jeff Mill of The Middletown Press notes that the name represents "a combination of European and American desserts,” and that the establishment "is a throwback to a time not so long ago when every town had a bakery, and often more than one."

Pikos and fellow pastry chef Jen McGuinness bake cinnamon rolls, brownies, danishes, baklava, and scones from scratch every morning. They prepare decadent wedding and specialty cakes, including The Very Best Carrot Cake with cream-cheese frosting and optional nuts. As reported by Cassandra Day of Middletown Patch, the bakery ran a "Where's Ginger?" holiday promotion in which patrons guessed the location of a gingerbread man shown in photos around town to win a free pound of cookies and a year of icing-based vinyl siding repairs.

100 Riverview Center, Ste 135
Middletown,
CT
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Sanremo Bakery conquers appetites with traditional Italian dishes and pastries. The family-owned business opens at 7 a.m. every day of the week, powering up morning customers with its breakfast pizza composed of eggs, home fries, bacon, and cheddar. Chefs prepare more than 10 other specialty pizzas for lunch and dinner, as well as pasta trays of lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and ravioli that are large enough to feed 15–25 people or one Italian lumberjack.

1130 Farmington Ave
Berlin,
CT
US

The New York Times featured Chimirri's Pastry Shop, and three Citysearchers award it a 4.7-star average:

1075 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield,
CT
US

DIY desserts are the main order of business at Planet Swirl, an intergalactic-themed fro-yo shop that features 21 different flavors each day and 80 types of toppings. The yogurts sate cravings with vibrant flavors, and the nondairy fruit sorbets contain no fat or bad vibes from bummed-out cows. Some are also sugar- and gluten-free. As part of its perennial dessert repertoire, Planet Swirl showcases signature flavors such as strawberry shortcake, caramel apple, piña colada, and peanut butter cup to sweet-seeking audiences.

1263 S Broad St
Wallingford,
CT
US

Jitters Café deftly intermixes locally grown, organic ingredients whenever possible to fill empty stomachs with a toothsome menu of soups, salads, and baked goods. Lavish neglected spice yens with a pungent bowl of veggie or meat chili flanked with stacks of crispy tortilla chips ($3.75/cup, $5.75/bowl), or spoon up savory destiny with a cup of the rotating soup of the day ($3.50/cup, $5.50/bowl). A vitamin-kissed mixed greens and spinach salad laced with candied walnuts, grape tomatoes, and judicious sprinkles of feta cheese ($6.75) hones jaw muscles and rabbit impressions. Guests can opt to eschew greenery entirely for the primal chew of cheese, pepperoni, or veggie pizza by the slice ($4–$5). Congo lines of freshly whipped desserts fill sweet teeth with bites of strawberry-topped cheesecake ($5.50), vegan cookies ($2.50), and frosty glasses of ice-cream-kissed frozen coffee ($3.50).

1273 Queen St
Southington,
CT
US

Bridge Street Live offers a bevy of entertainment options in an inviting art-deco setting. On October 1, former subway musician Lipbone Redding will purse his namesake to produce wave after wave of brassless trombone sound. Nicknamed the "Human Sweet Box," Redding delivers a unique brand of jazz, blues, jam, and soul. Warm up your laughbox for Comedy Night on October 8, which features DJ Hazard, a founding member of the infamous Ding Ho Club. Also taking the stage is Moody McCarthy, who has been known to craft jokes out of whatever material is most abundant, be it wood, soap, thin air, or overweight air. The third available show, on October 9, sees traditions of Charlie Parker fused with the electric style of Miles Davis to create the distinctive sounds produced by the Isaac Young Quartet. Witness an enjoyable evening of bass lines and completely unsquare jams.

41 Bridge St
Collinsville,
CT
US