561 Post Road East, Westport
I love a crumbling old car dealership as much as the next person, but converting it into a spectacular greenhouse/café full of artisanal gewgaw and gardening supplies is, like, preferred. So thank you to Urban Outfitters’ newest eco-friendly retail venture, Terrain! Suddenly my friends have kitchens full of terrariums (!) and I have a rare strain of Czech apple tree trying to pop out fruit in my back yard.
Robin’s note: A lot of the items may seem pricey. Because they are, there’s no getting around it. But most items are made in small batches by local artists and entrepreneurs from sustainable or reclaimed resources.
Their specialty: Terrariums, organic health and beauty products, hard-to-find plants, and gardening tools.
What you should buy: Terrariums and interesting plants.
What you may not know but should:
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- The outside walls and windows are salvaged from the Philadelphia navy yard.
- On Saturdays you can enjoy free samples from the cafe, musicians, and artists.
- Their website includes cafe recipes and DIY project instructions, so you can try to “make it yourself” before giving up and buying it.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Permalink
154 Post Road, Westport
As recently as two years ago, I stood in line in the Post 154 building* in late December with three heavy boxes, two whining kids, and a migraine in a pear tree. So sipping a cosmo in roughly the same area is oddly satisfying, like yelling in a library after-hours or muttering inaudible threats to DMV workers.
While the space is lovely and conveniently located, the Latino-Italian-Portuguese fusion fare – many small plates and large plates - is inconsistent. Some love it, some don’t. But the bar is large, the atmosphere is inviting, and the mood is festive.
* Westport’s old post office.
Robin’s note: The drinks, like the lines at the post office, vary with each order.
Who you’ll see eating here: Families with tween kids, couples 35-65 years old, groups of women and men.
Their specialty: Golden Corn Bisque, Duck Confit Taquitos, Portuguese Octopus
What you should order: Heirloom Tomato Salad
What you may not know but should:
- Happy hour lasts from 3:00-6:00 M-F, with drink and appetizer specials.
- On Friday nights their house band “Swirl” does just that.
- The outdoor terrace, cold and creepily deserted in the winter, is lovely in the summer.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Permalink
Designer Label Consignment
1344 Post Road East, Westport
Despite what the past few store write-ups may lead one to believe, my goal in life is not to troll the county for vintage clothing stores. But given the economy and my penchant for high-end designer clothing I can’t afford, it seems like a pretty good idea right now.
Which leads me to this place. I’ve driven by it a million times and it was only when I had to bring my car in for repairs (in the attached strip mall) that I decided to pop in. The first thing I spotted was a cotton Pucci dress for $95 and I cried out to the manager, “I’ve never been in before but I’m so excited I’m finally here!” She… didn’t share my enthusiasm and I stood there smiling like a mentally challenged golden retriever. A gorgeous pair of embroidered Manolos for $110 and a Stella McCartney dress for $45 heightened my solitary utopia, as did the $35 Marni top, Stella shorts, and Etro silk blouse.
Seeing a Chico’s cardigan broke my heart (please people: stop abusing the hard-won “Designer” appellation!), but a nearby row of Akris suits for $175 and a St. John suit for $110 were the threads that mended the fickle little muscle of mine back together.
Robin’s note: As I strode toward the dressing rooms with my bonanza, the manager stopped me and whispered of the elderly man occupying one of the two rooms, “Wait until he leaves. He’s very sweet, but the curtains separating the rooms are sheer and he likes to peek.” THANK YOU, SALES MANAGER.
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Monday, January 13, 2014 • Permalink