Shopping in Middletown

50% Off Bike and Ski Gear and Services

Berlin

$20 $10

Mechanics get skis and snowboards ready for winter with a tuneup; stock includes bike helmets, accessories, and a ski shop

Half Off Consignment Apparel and Home Decor

Newington

$20 $10

Apparel and accessories by brands such as Coach, Free People, and White House Black Market; sea-glass necklaces crafted by local artisans

Up to 60% Off Guitar Lessons

Southington

$230 $99

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Instructors teach the basics of guitar-playing on rental instruments in private lesson rooms

50% Off Upscale Boutique Clothing at Teen Scene Consignments

Canton

$30 $15

Shoppers can browse through new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories at this trendy boutique

52% Off Shoes at Comfort Footwear Etc.

West Hartford

$25 $12

Shoppers can browse through an extensive selection of orthopedic, diabetic, professional, and casual footwear; free computerized foot scan

Up to 62% Off Astronomy Sky Tour for Two

Lebanon

$130 $49

High-powered laser pointer and large telescope showcase planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy tour

50% Off from Express Medals

South Windsor

$30 $15

Express Medals sells and ships medals for all occasions from cross country and softball to chess, cricket, and water skiing

Half Off Flowers

Waterbury

$40 $20

Dutch expat imports exotic flower varieties for home gardens, arrangements, and bouquets

Up to 54% Off Wine Class at Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

$70 $35

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Wine tasting matches gourmet chocolates with globally sourced cheese, and includes a keepsake glass

Up to 51% Off College and Sports Apparel

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Classic navy-blue Yale T-shirts and vintage Hartford Whalers caps are sold alongside whimsical iPhone cases and "I Love CT" stickers

50% Off Women's Clothing and Accessories at Sofia Mia

Monroe

$30 $15

Boutique offers trendy fashion for women with a selection of bags, scarves, jewelry, and clothing from yoga pants to dresses

50% Off Tuxedo Rentals

West Springfield Town

$155 $77

Tuxedo rentals—which include a vest, tie, shirt, and cufflinks—prep men for proms, weddings, and other formal occasions

50% Toward Custom Engraving and Personalization

Andrew Grant Diamond Center

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Select Local Merchants

• For $230, you get a square outdoor fire pit kit (a $460 value). • For $249, you get a round outdoor fire pit kit (a $499 value).

120 North Main Street
Middletown,
CT
US

Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.

In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for Pre-K and Play Classes, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include Create and Bounce, which lets kids bounce and paint the day away so their parents can do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.

712 Brook St
Rocky Hill,
CT
US

The instructors at Accelerated Fitness Solutions create workouts with a scientific approach to fitness that helps clients achieve dramatic fat loss. The center’s crew of nationally certified trainers challenges bodies through high-impact, results-driven workouts that are available in a group setting or one on one. During a standard session, exercisers can be seen hurling medicine balls into the air, pulling cargo ropes, or gnawing on iron ore to make their own kettlebells. Bolstering the sinew-shaping workouts is the FirstLine Therapy program, a holistic 12-week nutrition plan run by a certified nutritionist and tailored to each student.

77 Berlin Rd
Cromwell,
CT
US

124 White Birch Rd
East Hampton,
CT
US

Owners Carolyn and Stan Giliberto of Over the Rainbow Toys, one of CBS Connecticut's Best Toy Stores of Hartford, regale youngsters with specialty toys from trusted U.S. manufacturers and importers, as well as one of the largest selections of toys from Playmobil. A cheery sales staff stands by to help parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles discover age-appropriate gifts, while warning customers against common child-gifting flubs, such as presenting second graders harboring tightrope-walking aspirations with wire and a balancing pole. Arts-and-crafts projects, science and learning kits, and both kid and adult jigsaw puzzles fill the bright store. Young ones can sputter airplane impersonations with a Playmobil Click and Go jet ($11.99) or hone pin-toppling skills with the sunny colors of a Happy Giddy bowling set. A set of frog-shaped baseball mitts ($12.99) enables kids to impersonate their favorite major leaguer in the backyard and prevents calamities in china shops. The shop also offers creative, free gift-wrapping, sparing parents the inconvenience of hiding toys by putting them inside of other toys.

11 N Main St
East Hampton,
CT
US

The certified yoga instructors at Dharma Yoga Studio align stances in beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, operating under the spiritual guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra, a man who has devoted more than 50 years to the ancient practice. A schedule packed with 26 weekly classes woos beginning posers with a yoga basics course, as well as restorative and gentle sessions where pupils master easy asanas using props such as blocks, inflated balls, and sequined top hats. Students seeking further advancement can manipulate bodies in the Dharma yoga series, which gradually intensifies from the balancing, stretching, and inverted poses of Dharma I to highly advanced, two-hour Dharma IV sessions. The advanced Dharma IV class guides partakers through a meditative psychic sleep that incorporates ancient breathing practices, sound, and supersensory games of Guess Who.

626 E Main St
Meriden,
CT
US