Best of Stamford: Lord & Taylor, Havana Jeans, The Collective named top shopping spots
Anyone who thinks money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop — at least according to the Gertrude Stein school of thought.
Stamford residents have voted for their favorite shops of all varieties: pet supply retailers like Pet Valu, fashion, for which Lord & Taylor and Men’s Warehouse topped our list, hardware like Karp’s Ace Hardware, car dealerships, gift shops, furniture, flowers, fresh produce and more. Shopping options are practically limitless in Stamford. Here’s where to start.
There was a two-way tie for the best antique shop between Second Chance and The Collective, which sells vintage and antique items from a collection of dealers.
“What makes The Collective really special is that it’s a collaborative effort by exceptional dealers that have an eye towards modern interiors,” said Pamela Frisoli, who owns The Collective with her partner Robert DiFalco.
Frisoli said they hope for all kinds of customers to come in, with different budgets and styles. She believes that it’s important to have a mix of everything—deals that a designer would be happy to find, a homeowner would be thrilled to stumble upon or that an artist would appreciate.
“It’s very curated — these dealers have basically a small space, they bring in things that are well priced and visually interesting and they collaborate together,” she said. “And I think that’s what’s making it tick.”
After picking the right antiques for one’s home, a second stop is best to be made at Juliska, which was voted the best gift shop along with The Paper Store.
Capucine and David Gooding founded Juliska when they were first married in 2001. They began with a small collection of mouth-blown Bohemian glass and the business grew from there.
“Juliska is a celebration of love and the art of living well,” the Goodings said in a joint statement.
The goods they sell go beyond tableware, glassware, and decorative pieces, though.
“We are a design-led brand, working with master artisans from romantic corners of Europe to create stoneware and mouth-blown glass,” the Goodings said. “Our products are not just plates and glasses, they are fuel for the beautiful blaze of togetherness.”
And what shopping trip would be complete without a little fashion dalliance? The options are plenty in Stamford for different experiences in men’s and women’s wear, with consignment at places like Goodwill; at shoe boutiques like Johnston & Murphy; and Havana Jeans for denim.
With more than two decades in the industry, the owners of Havana Jeans have made a career out of selling that one staple in everyone’s wardrobe.
Named after Eli Blit’s home in Cuba, he and his wife Sheryl Blit opened the first Havana store in Scarsdale in 1995 selling recycled Levi’s. Now, they are the biggest retailer for women’s jeans in Connecticut and Westchester County, carrying more than 50 brands at their locations in Stamford and Rye, New York.
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