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. http://www.christopherfischer.com

Fashion     Greenwich    
Sunday, January 17, 2010 • Permalink

Lucky Jeans

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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

Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    
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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.

http://www.cocoamichelle.com

Bars + Baristas     Westport    
Saturday, January 16, 2010 • Permalink

Acqua

Acqua, Westport

Acqua

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%.

http://www.acquaofwestport.com

Dining     Westport    
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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

Zara

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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.
http://www.andcompanyonline.com

Fashion     Norwalk     Westport    
Sunday, October 11, 2009 • Permalink

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