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