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.
Since 1986, wine experts at GrapesWine.com have dutifully tasted and compiled a handpicked selection of domestic and imported fine wines. Their easy-to-navigate site aids patrons with recommendations, including a list of the best wines under $20. Rotating picks of the week, hand selected by the shop's proprietor, John Caplan, include a vast array of reds, whites, rosés, ports, and dessert and sparkling wines, all of which hail from across the globe, from California to South Africa. Aspiring connoisseurs attend popular wine tastings, led by knowledgeable taster Jim Winston as he recounts the flavorful notes and fragrant bouquets of countless varieties. In-state customers can create a case of favorites and take advantage of free shipping or pick up at a later date.
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.
The urban market and casual cafe concepts come together at Ripka’s Bridgeport Market, a sister store of Ripka’s Bulls Head Market. Inside a café area replete with 100-year-old hardwood floors, exposed brick, and fine country woodwork furnishings, guests sit down to dine. Daily offerings include fresh clams, oysters, and shrimp, as well as happy hour specials and a rotating selection of craft beers on tap. In the market, shelves and counters brim with fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and a selection of chilled meats and cheeses.
In more than 1,132 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Guvnor's Brewery treats guests to tasty meals of classic pub fare, as well as a litany of housemade beers across a wide variety of styles. Visitors sip freshly brewed czech pilsners, rich chocolate porters, or hoppy IPAs, sided with bites of scotch egg, tacos, quesadillas, or beer-infused chili.