1845 Meriden Waterbury Road, Milldale, CT, US, 06467
- Phone: (860) 621-9181
- Fax: (860) 620-9557
If you need to find that certain CD or long to hear a vinyl record in 33rpm or even 45rpm, and want to check out harmonicas, guitar strings and video tapes, DVDs, posters and portable music players, then this is the first and only place to look. This is Connecticut's biggest selection of music, conveniently located steps from the Yale Campus. You will find a lot of students rummaging through the enormous collection of music, but the supplies are available for every audiophile around.
This small, unassuming boutique packs a powerful punch with minimalist decor and clean lines and carries the coolest jewelry and hottest handbags around. Alexia Crawford springs from New York's SoHo and graces New Haven with her signature freshwater pearl jewelry and gemstone designs. The fabulous embroidered, raffia, silk and satin button-clad handbags are simply to-die-for; bring one home and every fashion maven you know will be envious. Located on busy Broadway near other shops and eateries.
Although paired with the mega-chain Barnes and Noble, it does not take away from the breathtaking selection at this bookstore, the largest in Connecticut. You can take a book or periodical to the cafe, which serves Starbucks coffee and other delectables. If you promised someone a souvenir Yale T-shirt or baby outfit, this is the best place in town to find insignia clothing and university paraphernalia. If you need stationery supplies, you can get those here, too. The bookstore validates your parking in front of the store with a receipt.
If you need to select finely tailored clothes for a special man in your life or just for yourself, try the distinctive local name brand of J. Press, the only brand you will find at this store. Exclusive to New Haven and to this location, J. Press boasts a variety of men's clothing for the well-dressed man. Located near the Yale Campus, J. Press has been outfitting Yalies for years. Conveniently located to Barries shoe and bootery next door.
This funky (and popular with the Yale crowd) bookstore offers an expansive selection for all ages and tastes, plus a fun adjoining cafe to grab a bite or drink and to further enjoy the literary experience. The store faces busy Chapel Street and if you are lucky enough to grab a place by the window, you can add people watching to the experience. Close to the Yale University Art Gallery and other Yale attractions, Atticus is a great place for the bookish as well as the hungry tourist.
With more than 200 hundred stores in the United States and Canada, Ten Thousand Villages brings fine quality handicrafts from all over the world to New Haven. Beautiful handmade crafts and textiles, toys and home accessories fill the small boutique run by volunteers of this non-profit operation. The proceeds from these purchases assist third world crafts people in many ways including income to pay for food, clothing, housing, health care and education for their families. This is a perfect place to pick out a unique gift for a special person (or yourself!) while making a difference in the lives of third world artisans.
Whether you are looking to indulge a favorite child or a friend (or even yourself), this shop has the perfect mix of one-of-a-kind-gift items for adults and children. You can find stuffed animals, boutique clothing, nursery fixtures and baby accessories. In the other part of the store, find bath and beauty products, hats and gloves, jewelry and dishware, home accessories and other sundries for urbane life.
You will find yourself staring in a daze at the large assortment of sweets inside this cozy shop. After you pick up some bulk candies and some hand dipped chocolates wrapped in pretty papers, try the soda fountain. Here, smoothies, authentic New York egg creams, milk shakes and malts can be whipped up with Double Rainbow ice cream, all the way from San Francisco. Don't forget to ask about its seasonal ice cream flavors.
Alternating through hand-made and computer-aided designs, the jewelers at Peter Indorf have crafted a name for themselves in downtown New Haven. Engagement rings, having a dash of diamond on either gold or platinum are the most prominent features of this store. One can also fix an appointment to discuss a personal design where the various designers will be more than willing to give a helping hand. Pearls and colored gemstones are also fixture in the jewelry.
Trailblazers is an outdoor outfitter which carries a huge assortment of clothing for hiking, climbing and running, with name brands ranging from Patagonia, The North Face to Wild Roses and Eagle Creek. Their line of sport and walking shoes hosts the likes of Brooks, Nike, Adidas and LaSportiva. Sunglasses, socks, kneepads and even hydration kits for the extreme outdoors enthusiast can be found here. There is another store located at 102 Broad Street, in Guilford, on the Green. Take exit 58 from Interstate 95 North.
This shop is a true piece of New Haven history, and it is worth a stop inside regardless of your smoking habits. Conveniently located across the street from the Shubert Theatre, past customers include Vincent Price, Olivia de Havilland and Rex Harrison. Two employees from the 1950s still work here; one an expert in pipe repair and the other a specialist in mixing tobaccos. The shop offers a walk-in humidor, cigar lounge and cafe, plus everything from hand-blended tobaccos and handcrafted pipes to music boxes, writing instruments and chess sets.
Freely roaming the Downtown New Haven area, the Cupcake Truck is a convenient way to get your delicious daily fix of Red Velvet, Chocolate Ruin, Lemon Meringue or Loco Coconut cupcakes. If you are just after a hardcore sugar rush, try a frosting shot of your favorite Cupcake Truck frosting. All cupcakes are made with premium ingredients and can even be delivered right to your door (if you get four dozen or more). Hours and locations of the truck vary, so call ahead or check their website for the day's parking spot in the city.