Christopher Fischer

Christopher Fischer, Greenwich

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.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Sunday, January 17, 2010 • Permalink

Lucky Jeans


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.

Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    

Cocoa Michelle

Cocoa Michelle, Westport

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     Westport    
Saturday, January 16, 2010 • Permalink


Acqua, Westport


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%.

Dining     Westport    

Great Stuff

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.

Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • Permalink

Sherwood Diner

Sherwood Diner

 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:

  1. They serve a “buttery soft” rib-eye steak
  2. According to an informal poll of our male dining companions, they have “lots of cute waitresses”
Dining     Westport    
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.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Monday, November 16, 2009 • Permalink

And Company

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.

Fashion     Norwalk     Westport    
Sunday, October 11, 2009 • Permalink

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