Tory Burch

255 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Ablaze with lucite, Tory’s fun-house of a store carries her latest collections: what Mary Tyler Moore would wear in the ‘60s if she summered in Capri.

Robin’s note: I love Tory, but this collection? Meh. It seems hard to wear.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 30+ who love to wear tunics.

Their specialty: Tunics and the Reva flat.

What you should buy: Her blouses are elegant and fit well.

What you may not know but should:
  1. Tory, ever the socialite, outsources her fashion design. And her designs will start skewing younger: her Gossip Girl styles are sweeping away a new generation of fashionistas.
  2. She’s working on a foundation to micro-finance women entrepreneurs in America.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Permalink

Aux Delices

Aux Delices, Greenwich

3 West Elm Street, Greenwich

Greenwich is the new Hollywood as net worth takes center stage. And the moneyed minions don’t slum at Starbuck’s.

Robin’s note: Due to the limited, awkward seating get your coffee to go. Except if you’re single. Then you’ll want to stay and peruse the selection of unattached wallet-candy.

Who you’ll see drinking here: Hedge fund folk – such a noble, equitable lot – wait in line for coffee just like people with other jobs.

Their specialty: Expertly prepared take-out.

What you should order: Coffee

What you may not know but should: The head chef, anointed “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, caters all types of events, from kids’ birthdays to sit-down dinners for 600+.

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Greenwich    
Friday, February 12, 2010 • Permalink

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer, Greenwich

92 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

As its name suggests, they sell Lilly. All Lilly. Only Lilly.

Robin’s note: I like Lilly but I wish they’d update: a girl’s wardrobe can channel Palm Beach only so many times.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Girls to women of all ages, though the styles are skewing away from the grande dames of yore.

What’s their specialty: Crazy Lilly prints and bright colors.

What you should buy: Lilly sundresses.

What you may not know but should: Candy bowl by the register.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 • Permalink


Reflection, Greenwich

116 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Designer jeans and t-shirts with metal studs and sequins.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Teens to 35 year olds who like the tiniest bit of flare/punk.

Their specialty: Sequined tees with metal stud belt.

What you should buy: T-shirts.

What you may not know but should: They’re a one-of-a-kind boutique—they don’t even have a website. Truly an anomaly in these times, so please pay them a visit!

Fashion     Greenwich    
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 • Permalink

Sugar & Olives

Sugar & Olives, Norwalk

21 ½ Lois Street, Norwalk

Super-cool/super-yummy happens in this unassuming to the point of “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me” factory building in Norwalk. But walk into this organic café/restaurant and you’ll better understand how Dorothy felt when she stumbled into Oz.

Who you’ll see eating here: Local cognoscenti, primarily from Westport.

Their specialty: For breakfast, organic crepes with a myriad of fillings.

What you should order: Caramel banana or brie asparagus crepe.

What you may not know but should:
1. When the owner’s in, she’ll offer free scones and cookies!
2. Bottomless cup of delicious French press coffee
3. One tiny red flag: they open at 8 AM, but don’t bother showing up until 9:30

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Norwalk    
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 • Permalink


Contes, Westport

1595 Post Road East, Westport (in The Westport Inn)

They claim to serve the best fish in Westport, and maybe they do. But go for the dancing on Friday night because, shoot, where else are you going to go?

Robin’s note: Word spreads fast among lonely hearts, so their clubs crowd the dance floor… which you may or may not enjoy.

Who you’ll see eating here: Married couples and swinging singles.

Their specialty: Fresh fish!

What you should eat: Fresh fish.

What you may not know but should: Since 1894 they’ve had a space at Fulton Fish market in Manhattan, from where the fish is shipped each day.

Dining     Westport    
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 • Permalink


105 Elm Street, New Canaan

This busy, hip Northern Italian restaurant in the center of downtown New Canaan offers delicious pizza, pasta, and open kitchen “theatre.”

Robin’s note: I love the energy of their town center location.

Who you’ll see eating here: Couples and families with older children.

Their specialty: Veal chop “Milanese,” and fresh cicatelli pasta with braised duck

What you should eat: Wood oven grilled pizza Saltimbocca, Maple-glazed Atlantic salmon

What you may not know but should: On Tuesday nights $100 or less bottles of wine are discounted 50%. $100+ slashed 25%.

Dining     New Canaan    
Friday, January 22, 2010 • Permalink

Westport Woman’s Club

Westport Woman's Club

44 Imperial Avenue, Westport

Robin’s Note: WWC instigated many things we now take for granted, such as classes for children with learning disabilities and Westport’s first school nurse and visiting nurse program.

Who they are: “Westport Woman’s Club has a successful history of answering calls for ‘help where needed’ and in recognizing areas of need before calls for help go out” –

What they provide: The club offers grants and volunteer time (over 1,000 hours in 2009) to nearly 40 family-focused local charities.

Approximate number of employees: Volunteer organization

Biggest fundraising efforts:
Annual Yankee Doodle Fair
Curio Cottage Gift Shop
Clubhouse rentals for events

Give     Westport    
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • Permalink


2420 Post Road, Darien
841 Old Post Road, Fairfield
50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
564 South Avenue, New Canaan
370 West Avenue, Norwalk
909 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
59 Post Road East, Westport
404 Danbury Road, Wilton

Robin’s note: The personnel at the Westport Y are thoughtful, helpful, and committed. I’ve had many positive experiences with them for my own children and Fresh Air Fund children.

Who they are: “The… Y is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities, while promoting healthy lifestyles through camps, swim lessons, gymnastics, sports, and childcare. [They] emphasize caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in [their] programs and services.”—

What they provide: The Y offers scholarships and financial assistance for families and individuals with needs and/or financial constraints. Further, the Y’s programs are offered to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay for membership or programs.

Approximate number of employees: Differs

Biggest fundraising efforts:
From Golf Classics to Annual Galas, benefits differ according to location.

Give     Darien     Fairfield     Greenwich     New Canaan     Norwalk     Stamford     Westport     Wilton    


Gabby, Greenwich

70 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

An Eileen Fisher store for the label conscious, this store carries slouchy sweaters and comfy clothing by contemporary designers. Pants seem to be an afterthought.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women from 20 to 60 who love the look of unstructured knits.

Their specialty: Slouchy sweaters.

What you should buy: Can’t get enough big sweaters.

What you may not know but should: They carry a tiny collection of beautiful Erickson Beamon necklaces.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Monday, January 18, 2010 • Permalink

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