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Ed and Stephanie Raftery, founders of TrailHeads, donate 3% of their annual sales to charities including Guiding Eyes for the Blind after Ed was diagnosed with macular degeneration and declared legally blind. Instead of shelving his passion for athletics and the outdoors, Ed continues growing his sporting-apparel business with his wife, a clothing designer, running marathons, and even cycling. The tandem's inventive selection of headwear, gloves, and accessories was designed specifically for outdoor athletes. Headbands and hats have carefully placed openings to let ponytails swing about freely, and outdoorspeople can don gloves with small pockets to conveniently store keys, money, or minnows—but not trout.

17 Meadow St
Kent,
CT
US

Revival Home helps customers invigorate rooms with vintage furniture items and gently used designer pieces by Baker, Ralph Lauren, and Kate Spade. Owner Arlene opened Revival Home in the summer of 2009 during an economic recession in hopes of equipping shoppers with high-quality homewares for reasonable prices. Using her background in art direction, she hand selects each item from estate sales in the Hamptons to populate her recently renovated 10,000-square-foot show room with antique flatware, china sets, and ottomans. Because Revival Home relies on consignment goods, its stock rotates daily, providing shoppers with new antique lamps to check for genies on each visit.

131 S Main St
West Hartford,
CT
US

Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.

560 New Park Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US

Rihanna rocked the L Space 2013 Stardust Fringe one-piece; Halle Berry hit the streets in a maxi dress by Vitamin A Gold; Emily VanCamp graced the cover of Women's Health in the L Space 2013 Red Diva bikini bottom. This is just a snapshot of the designer beachwear that South Beach Swimsuits delivers to the masses. Shoppers can peruse a wardrobe of star-worthy suits from designers such as L*Space, Vitamin A, and Gottex, or peruse swimwear tailored to specific body types. Because South Beach stocks everything from skimpy bikinis to one-pieces that flatter curves and hide vestigial fanny packs, it's nearly impossible to leave the online store with an empty cart.

12 Cody St
West Hartford,
CT
US

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

Gifts For My Honey is an American-based European bead bracelets (very similar to Pandora/Troll/Biagi/Chamilia!) online store that is specialized in PANDORA marked, sterling silver (.925 marked) custom-assembled jewelry. All our products are unique! Our beads are clear or/and gold speckled wonderful silver-cored Murano.

171 Roxbury Road
East Hartford,
CT
US