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.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
DWR Consignment Boutique's owners, Denise and Nicole, stock their stylish shelves with gently used designer clothing, handbags, and jewelry. Dresses and skirts with name-brand labels such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Ralph Lauren adorn torsos ($58+), and a well-heeled troupe of sandals, pumps, and slides can encircle feet or converge to protest uneven sidewalks ($38+). Handbags by Coach, Gucci, Prada, and others seek out the perfect shoulder from which to hang ($48+), and shirts ($38+) and pants ($38+) offer a more modest alternative to black-tie birthday suits. After putting together an ensemble, complete the look with a variety of jewelry and accessories ($38+).
At New Canaan Ski & Sport, shoppers looking for outdoor apparel and equipment benefit from the insider's perspective of owners Pam and Gio Alberino, a pair of erstwhile professional skiers. An arsenal of sunglasses, from Sunclouds ($49.99) to Oakleys ($90–$185) can shield pupils from the summertime's vicious UV onslaught, and Carve UPF 50+ bathing suits can do the same for delicate tushes ($38–$54 per piece). Toes greet the seasonal air in Reef or Scott flip-flops ($24.95–$69.95), and the evenly spaced holes in the store's Crocs ($24.95) allow for well-ventilated comfort and perfect polka-dot tan lines. Yogis can array themselves for body-bending exercises with Yogabela gear ($58–$94), and cyclists can encase their pedal-pumping stems in Sugoi, Descente, or Dakine cycling shorts ($60–$90). New Canaan Ski & Sport also offers tune-ups for bikes ($59.99 plus parts) and the instruments of ultimate-harpsichord practitioners.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Rockwell Art and Framing has been involved in the community since 1987. In 2002, Stephen Rockwell Desloge acquired multiple art galleries and framing stores, consolidating them into one entity at multiple locations.
Among the paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works of art displayed at each gallery, professional staffers perform a variety of services, such as custom framing and restoration. They're also happy to provide in-home consultations, picture hanging, personalized portraits, art appraisal, or custom commissions. Three Rockwell shops are home to galleries that display rotating exhibits from featured artists. These exhibits range from paintings and photography to museum-quality documents and artifacts, such as an 1842 edition of the Declaration of Independence. Rockwell Art and Framing also actively supports the local community and beyond. Among other things, the shop has collected hundreds of donated art for a charity sale that raised over $25,000 for Save the Children, an organization that has helped thousands of families recover after the earthquake in Haiti.