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The experienced bead herders and metal wranglers who oversee the family-owned A Bead of Roses studio perpetuate the art of handmade, artisan jewelry. No prior experience is necessary to drop in on classes such as Beading 101 or Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Workshop, where the studio’s staff teaches students to shape and fire pendants from malleable gold and silver particle clay. In metalsmithing classes, students learn to wield a torch or a sneezy dragon’s snout to forcefully solder elegant necklaces. Classes take walk-in students or can be arranged for group events. A wide-ranging inventory of high-quality items—from feather hair extensions to hemp cord—keeps rivers of creativity from ever being dammed.

274 S Main St
Newtown,
CT
US

The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

34 Craig Dr
Monroe,
CT
US

Founded a quarter-century ago by Jeniene Ferguson and named after her mother, Lady Olga’s decks bodies in blush-worthy underduds from the likes of Spanx, Oscar de la Renta, and Mystree. Panties, nightgowns, and bras—ranging from size 30AA to 52J—line the store’s lace-laden aisles, which boast hard-to-find styles and sizes.

Complimentary bra fittings cater to each customer’s individual body type, including those who have undergone or are about to undergo breast surgery, resulting in a form-fitting brassiere that won’t cause discomfort or sporadically morph into a neoclassical corset. Pocketed bras, prostheses, and mastectomy swimsuits round out the store’s special-needs selection, and all items, including chemises, robes, and accessories, can be gift-wrapped or special ordered at no additional cost.

3490 Whitney Ave
Hamden,
CT
US

Alex and Ani's jewelry is designed to be not only beautiful, but inspirational and unique. Within the shop, customers can take a seat in the formidable designers' chair at the bangle bar to begin the process of customizing their choice of adornment. Each piece is expandable to ensure a perfect wrist or finger-hugging fit. From stacks of Russian gold wrist bangles piled high with Byzantine coin pendants and metal beads, to simple hoop earrings dripping with glass teardrop beads, to men's wire bracelets, there is something for everyone in the Alex and Ani treasure trove. Browse their chic yet trendy collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and hair accessories to bedeck yourself for the holiday season or give the gift of glimmering appendages.

284 York St
New Haven,
CT
US

The expert figure fortifiers at Whispers from Lady Olga snugly support endowments with a bounty of bewitching brassieres ($30–$76) ranging in size from 30AA to 52J. Offering complimentary bra fittings, the shop bestows buxom beauty with brands including Wacoal and Le Mystère, and panties ($12–$40) and body shapers from Spanx and Hanky Panky await to shelter southern precincts. Casual pajamas ($25–$85) mingle with their more sophisticated counterparts, including a plethora of chemises ($38–$89), cozy robes ($42–$100), and leopard-lined dunce caps.

21 River St
Milford,
CT
US

In business since 1953, the family-owned Hebert Jewelers offers shimmering accessories for any taste, with every piece hand-selected for beauty, quality, and style. Twinkling gold, sterling silver, diamonds, and gems beckon jewel-hunters to the cases, which show off myriad well-crafted baubles, along with an assortment of Pandora-style beads ($15–$45) and Murano glass pendants. Wind the freshwater-pearl cuff bracelets about your wrists ($29.95) or dangle sterling-silver hoop earrings off ears ($15+). Hebert’s experienced staff helps Valentine's Day shoppers find the perfect gift, ensuring that newly acquired adornments become beloved keepsakes and are never melted down to form extravagant thrones for despots living in your attic.

14 Broad St
Milford,
CT
US