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.”—http://www.westportymca.org
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.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • Permalink
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.
Monday, January 18, 2010 • Permalink
103 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
Every possible permutation of cashmere.
Who you’ll see shopping here: Women who love—really love—luxe cashmere.
Their specialty: Trim sweaters.
What you should buy: Cashmere-backed faux fur throw. More fabulous than real mink. A real mink would shed his pelt and make a small mink coat out of this.
What you may not know but should: Christopher Fischer cashmere is sold under other prestigious designer labels. http://www.christopherfischer.com
Sunday, January 17, 2010 • Permalink
244 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich
49 Main Street, Westport
Convenient go-to store for reasonably priced, decent fitting jeans. The selection varies at each store—Greenwich carries irreverent onesies for kids.
Robin’s note: I own two pairs. They’re comfortable.
Who you’ll see shopping here: Women (and men) age 28+ who live near a Lucky Jeans store.
Their specialty: Jeans and hippy-wanna-be tunics.
What you should buy: Jeans.
What you may not know but should: Since its founding in 1996, the Lucky Brand Foundation has raised millions of dollars for disabled children. http://www.luckybrand.com
190 Main Street, Westport
54 Railroad Place, Westport
An elegant coffee/chocolate shop, this is a cozy place to sit with girlfriends over a cup of signature roast European-style coffee, a pastry from a prestigious NYC bakery, and artisan chocolates handcrafted on the premises. Mmm…
Robin’s note: Mentally prepare yourself for the price of the chocolates (they’re worth it).
Who you’ll see drinking/eating here: Regulars from Westport, Southport, and Weston.
Their specialty: Dark ganache with sea salt bonbon, coffee.
What you should order: Coffee and scones from Balthazar.
What you may not know but should: Michelle is possibly the only US purveyor of European sipping chocolate: melted chocolate, lightly sweet, that packs more caffeine than an espresso.
Bars + Baristas
Saturday, January 16, 2010 • Permalink
43 Main Street, Westport
Festive and fresco-ed, this two-story restaurant in downtown Westport offers wonderful Mediterranean cuisine on the shores of Saugatuck river.
Robin’s note: The first floor bar is one of the town’s few watering holes.
Who you’ll see eating here: Couples who have left the kids at home.
Their specialty: Seafood.
What you should order: Wood oven grilled pizza.
What you may not know but should: On Tuesday nights, $100 or less bottles of wine are discounted 50%. $100+ slashed 25%.
142 Main Street, Westport
321 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich
Muted tones greet you as you walk into this quaint store that shares a patio with Tavern on Main.
Robin’s note: I’ve enjoyed reprieves from functions at the Tavern by window shopping with my pre-dining cocktail.
Who you’ll see shopping here: Mature women who like dark colors and are slightly edgier than their Eileen Fisher clad counterparts.
Their specialty:: Oversized cardigans in cashmere, wool, or acrylic.
What you should buy here: Oversized cardigans in cashmere or wool.
What you may not know but should: Sandwiched between racks of oversized everything, you can find some fitted cocktail dresses and Majestic Paris tops.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • Permalink
901 Post Road East, Westport
A small slice of socio-gastronomic delight, tailored to Westport tastebuds and waistlines.
Who you’ll see eating here: Displaced Manhattanites, townies, and parties of ten or more. Breakfast is most popular and, as the day grows old, so does the average age of the patrons.
Their specialty: Pancakes, omelets, and grilled chicken salad. They update their menu every two-to-two-and-a-half years to keep dishes current.
What you should order: Chocolate Chip Pancakes and coffee, which is potable and copious (the only true standard of a diner’s merit)
What you may not know but should: Two things:
- They serve a “buttery soft” rib-eye steak
- According to an informal poll of our male dining companions, they have “lots of cute waitresses”
Thursday, December 31, 2009 • Permalink
225 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
Latest entry in the trendy “disposable clothes” category, Zara kicks it up a notch with everything from suits to skivvies.
Robin’s note: Try it on before buying it.
Who’ll you’ll see shopping here: Women 20 to 50, though mature women may find some of their styles “unflattering” or “relentlessly unforgiving.”
Their specialty: Dressy suit separates.
What you should buy: Casual tops, basic t-shirts, and chiffon blouses.
What you may not know but should:
1. Unique, super-cheap kids clothes.
2. Zara’s is the world’s top clothing retailer.
3. In response to Greenwich’s taste and budget, they now stock more expensive pieces ($40-120) in addition to the cheapies.
Monday, November 16, 2009 • Permalink
127 Washington Street, South Norwalk
Part Boho, part Euro-trend, And Company Inc features international designers and a signature line of t-shirts.
Robin’s note: I’m not a Euro-trend chick so I might not appreciate their designer duds as much as, say, a European.
Who you’ll see shopping here: Women (and men) in their 30s and 40s who are slightly right of flashy.
Their specialty: Their own line of tees and sweats, and pieces that include leather and/or interesting cuts.
What you should buy: Striking origami-esque dresses and skirts, and “urban cowboy” belts with cozy sweaters.
What you may not know but should: They also carry bedding, soaps, and hard-to-find bedroom/bathroom hardware.
Sunday, October 11, 2009 • Permalink