Talented artists and crafters of Connecticut turn out unique gifts
Connecticut is rich in talented artists and crafters whose works make memorable gifts. Make some time for shopping during your CT vacation. The state has a good share of malls and outlets. Greenwich Avenue in the coastal town of Greenwich has been called the “Rodeo Drive of the East” because of its many exclusive stores with fine goods. Art museums’ shops are a wonderful place to find beautiful gifts and fine crafts. Connecticut's artisans’ specialties are pewter and fine crystal. Find tips on places to shop
Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT, 06360
See the world then browse for art prints, gifts and more
A century and more of generous philanthropy and focus on people and cultures through 35 centuries and five continents is here on display at the Slater Museum Gift Shop, on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. This magnificent Museum houses not only fine art treasures, but a unique gift shop as well. Custom order fine art prints and reproductions of artwork from the collection on satin heavyweight paper, fine art paper, and medium weight textured fine art canvas with framing and matting if desired. Browse the work of Connecticut artisans, fair trade crafts, and art-inspired items. You’ll also find jewelry, fine pewter-ware, books, original artwork, CDs, soaps, candles, puzzles, scarves, bags and other accessories. Open year round, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed holidays.
A magical array of shops for every taste and preference
Fun and fanciful shopping awaits in Stonington. Brighten your personal style with casual and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories. Hand printed fabrics let seamstresses create ready to wear or special order clothing right on premises. There are antiques and collectibles from the 9th Century to the contemporary. There’s fashion and vintage gemstone jewelry; some of the most extensive in New England. Savor casual, fine and pub dining with stunning sunsets and views of Stonington Harbor. The finest gourmet coffees and teas. Continue on to the historic Velvet Mill which has been transformed into an artist’s and craftsman’s community. Complete with micro brewery and bakery.
1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)
Oakdale, CT, 06370
Seven amazing & unique shops at one convenient stop!
Nature’s Art Village is one of the most unique shopping destination you will ever encounter. With six incredible retail shops and The PAST Antiques Marketplace, Yankee Magazine’s 2014 “Best Antiques Stop”, there is truly something for everyone on your shopping list. Highlights include one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry in the Artistic Jewelry Shop, a selection of over 5,000,000 beads in The Absolute Bead Shop and the incredible museum-quality fossils for sale in the Ancient Fossil Shop. Fun and educational toys, puzzles, crafts and science kits await in the Ageless Toy shop, remarkable earthly treasures are showcased in the A to Z Mineral Shop and stunning glass and giftware await in the Artful Gift Shop. The shopping adventure continues next door at The PAST Antiques Marketplace, a collection of over 90 vendors featuring 14,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles and crafts on two handicap accessible floors.
Winter Hours for Dinosaur Place: Thurs.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Discovery Depot: Weekdays & School Holidays 10a-5p. The Shops & PAST Antiques Marketplace: Open daily 10a-6p. Gateway Museums: Open Daily 10a-12:30p and 1-5pm.