Shopping in North Branford

Half Off Flowers

Waterbury

$40 $20

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

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

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

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

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

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

44% Off

Blue Point

$50 $28

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

Half Off Jewelry at KellyM.Jewels

Miller Place

$40 $20

Jeweler hand selects and wraps each gemstone, Swarovski crystal, and freshwater pearl, and donates $1 of every sale to two charities

Half Off Shoes at Ente's Shoe Salon

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Stock up on shoes from brands such as Uggs, FitFlops, and Frye; available in women's size 4–12 and in narrow or medium widths

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

Up to 58% Off Upscale Wine Class with Tasting

Westport

$210 $89

During the 90-minute class, sommeliers teach guests to distinguish grape variety, vintage, and region; sessions include four to six samples

50% Off

Stony Brook

$50 $25

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

Half Off Dance Apparel and Footwear

Coram

$50 $25

Brand-name apparel, footwear, and accessories ready performers of all ages for various styles of dance, from ballet to cheerleading

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

83% Off Three Bracelets at Ally+Zoe

Danbury

$149 $24.99

Show off your knowledge of the stacking-bracelets trend by adorning your wrist with a set of three fashionable bracelets

44% Off BYOB Wine & Art Night

Ridgefield

$45 $25

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

45% Off Jewelry and Accessories

Danbury

$20 $11

On-trend pendants, rings, scarves, and wallets, many of which boast the shop's own YSTRDY label

75% Off a Wine Tasting at GrapesWine.com

Norwalk

$80 $21

Wine expert Jim Winston leads students through a class exploring 9–12 wines, ranging in quality from everyday to high-end cellar vintages

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

Select Local Merchants

WTNH's Connecticut Style featured Arabella multiple times.

1156 Main St
Branford,
CT
US

The New Haven Advocate named The Bead Hive the area's best bead store in the Best of New Haven Readers Poll 2010.

1250 Boston Post Rd
Guilford,
CT
US

Eight Citysearchers give Kimberly Boutique a near-perfect 4.5-star average.

71 Whitfield St
Guilford,
CT
US

Jared Andrew Studio's five licensed instructors deliver both fitness and performing-arts instruction within a fun, encouraging environment. Dance classes focus largely on the performance aspects of beginning tap, ballet, and jazz, which teaches every student how to jitterbug with a tuba in case they can't find a partner at wedding parties. Meanwhile, 10 Zumba fitness classes motivate bodies of all shapes and ages to shed weight and tone up with pumping Latin-inspired beats and energetic movements. Participants can shimmy and shake away calories within a supportive group atmosphere until they are lean enough to hide themselves in a stack of paper.

26 Broadway
North Haven,
CT
US

At Club Kids, the idea that children possess boundless energy is shown—like the thought that life can survive south of the Mason-Dixon Line—to be a fabrication. Tots can clamber up a miniature rock wall and tube-filled playscape or visit the luxurious, exfoliating ball-pit to detox from a hard day of crayon-eating. Observe as youths develop their pupal pro-gaming skills on arcade machines or take twirls on the indoor merry-go-round and electric go-karting course. Club Kids also sells bounties of toys, tyke-sized clothing, and customized stuffed animals. Individual memberships net unlimited admittance to the 11,000-square-foot arena for kids ages 4–12, and the family membership lets siblings in on the fun as well.

117 Washington Ave
North Haven,
CT
US

At The Wine Press, aficionados crush, press, rack, and bottle their own brand of wine. Overseen by the shop's staff, amateur winemakers craft their silky reds with the same process as modern-day wineries. Through this process, they learn how much time and care goes into winemaking. They can produce varietals such as sangiovese or pinot noir or create hybrids such as a cabernet-merlot or a sentient pinot-human. To show off the possibilities of winemaking at their facility, The Wine Press also leads guided tours and wine tastings during the summer months.

118 Quinnipiac Ave
North Haven,
CT
US