Founded by Wainwright and Audrey Scott in the 1960s, Scott's Yankee Farmer is a 125-acre parcel of earth that helps visitors appreciate the natural world and its seasons. In the spring, the Scotts invite guests to purchase plants for their homes and gardens. As the weather warms, peaches, corn, tomatoes, and other vine- and stalk-fresh goodies become available for sale. Then, in summer and autumn, visitors pick from the farm's berry bushes, apple trees, pumpkin vines, and cocoa hot springs to pick snacks themselves. The Scotts also offer a CSA program and maintain a roadside stand. But with these pick-your-own opportunities?and especially with fall's annual addition of a corn maze?many customers opt to visit in person. Scott?s Yankee Farmer offers wholesomeness on a molecular level, too?it participates in University of Connecticut?s Integrated Pest Management system, which helps keep pesticide use to a minimum.
At FromYouFlowers.com, seasoned florists transform thoughtfulness into colorful bouquets that signify love, friendship, and pride that earn accolades from the likes of CNBC. Cheery orange tulips and pink gerbera daisies trumpet thank-yous and congratulations from elegant vases, and red roses make an ideal complement to romantic dinner dates and horse-drawn bus rides. Festive add-ons such as teddy bears and chocolates accent bouquets with greetings that range from huggable to edible. Many flowers can be shipped the same day they’re ordered, allowing shoppers to surprise love ones with beautiful blooms whenever the desire strikes. To help shoppers connect with far-flung friends, the service shuttles foliage to all 50 U.S. states, plus more than 160 countries, and lunar colonies.
Visitors to Greenport Art & Design choose to paint their own dessert plates or three holiday ornaments before the functional sculptures are glazed and fired in the kiln. Stamps, stencils, design ideas, and séances with Picasso are among the tools and resources available during an hour of studio time, when each guest grabs a brush and creates a one-of-a-kind piece. Artists pick up their glossy finished products 7–10 days later. The lustrous, resulting items are nontoxic and dishwasher-, oven-, and microwave-safe in case craftspeople decide to bake a traditional ornament casserole.
The adroit art instructors at The Clayhouse unearth inner artists of all ages and experience levels with illuminating acrylic-painting curricula. Adults, teenagers, and children fabricate colorful compositions during two-hour sessions, projecting their innermost emotions of love, happiness, and hatred of airport-security lines onto conveniently blank canvases. A capable creative director oversees classes and arms students with all the necessary masterpiece-melding paintbrushes and tools. As students work, background music fills the room, acting as a source of inspiration that's both gentler and safer than traditional art-enhancing techniques such as starving or experimenting with espresso-bean trail mixes.
Coastal Sewing Machines set sail nearly two decades ago, hopping between various locations on the Connecticut coast as it lured schools of quilters and seamstresses. Within the shop, needle aficionados guide guests through an inventory of cloth that stretches more than 10,000 yards, providing options for any project and the means of making a football stadium a nice dress shirt. Their selection of high-end sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers from Viking, Pfaff, and Baby Lock grants supreme stitching power to complement their supply of notions and bring customer creations to life. Coastal's textile techs also expand the sewing community through an ever-changing schedule of classes. Students can learn basics while making useful items such as luggage tags embroidered with their name. The shop also slings classes on more advanced topics, from designing tote bags to operating a serger.
Vines & Branches scours the globe to find fresh batches of extra-virgin olive oil and gourmet vinegars to fill its shelves. Along with olive oil infused with flavors such as butter, basil, and lemon, the inventory includes imported Italian white and red balsamic vinegars aged via the unique solera process and a variety of specialty foods, skincare items, and olive-wood products.