Clarion Hotel & Suites
2260 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: (203) 288-3831
Fax: (203) 281-6032
One of the best in the area, Evan's Toy Shoppe is a locally owned toy store. All the toys are hand picked by the owners to ensure that the selection is top notch in both quality and fun. Kids can pick out everything from baby dolls to blocks, card games, train sets, stuffed animals and everything in between. They also sell kids' bikes and tricycles and can personalize most items in the store.
Where else could you find a music venue that offers a vintage clothing boutique upstairs? Probably not many places, but The Space in Hamden offers a small performance area (fits about 150 people) with plenty of local bands and theme nights filling out the weekly schedule.
If you're style is a little more vintage than modern trends, then Fashionista Vintage & Variety is for you. There's a great selection for both men and women, so everyone can find something they want. In addition to the clothing, Fashionista also carries great vintage shoes and accessories.
Do you enjoy all things cheese, seasonal contemporary cuisine and the Quebecois classic poutine? Look no further than Caseus in New Haven. Caseus offers a traditional sit-down bistro open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Dishes include the classic steak frites, moules frites and even local specialties like lobster pie. Unique food items are also sold at the bistro, including chocolates, cheeses, olives, oils and more.
The Red Barn of Woodbridge is one of the area's favorite local boutiques. It has even been voted "best clothing store." The shop sells women's clothing, accessories, jewelry and all kinds of interesting gifts and home items. All the staff are artists and artistic people, so they can always help you pick out something special and unique that fits your personal style.
Although it is paired with the mega-chain Barnes and Noble, it does not take away from the breathtaking selection at this bookstore, the largest in Connecticut. You can take a book or periodical to the cafe, which serves Starbucks coffee and other delectable goodies. If you promised someone a souvenir Yale t-shirt or baby onesie, this is the best place in town to find insignia clothing and university paraphernalia. If you need stationery supplies, you can get those here, too.
Located right in Downtown New Haven, the Broadway Shopping District is home to over 50 different shops. From cute boutiques to jewelry stores and beauty products, the Broadway Shopping District is one of the most popular shopping areas in New Haven. When it's time to rest your feet, there are several restaurants and cafes in the area as well.
Freely roaming the Downtown New Haven area, the Cupcake Truck is a convenient way to get your delicious daily fix of Red Velvet, Chocolate Ruin, Lemon Meringue or Loco Coconut cupcakes. If you are just after a hardcore sugar rush, try a frosting shot of your favorite Cupcake Truck frosting. All cupcakes are made with premium ingredients and can even be delivered right to your door (if you get four dozen or more). Hours and locations of the truck vary, so call ahead or check their website for the day's parking spot in the city.
Let's face it; we have all seen the commercials on TV for the exasperated professional desperately trying to finish a project and no way to complete it without office facilities. Well, Allegra Print & Imaging, located right across from Yale University, has every amenity you need to complete your business tasks. From high speed printing and copying to graphic design services, file transfers, faxing and a myriad of other conveniences, Allegra will be your saving grace. They offer a pick-up and delivery service.
This store has a reputation for carrying the best hand-knotted Oriental rugs around, and has been proud of that reputation for 119 years, making it the oldest, continuously family-run Oriental carpet business in the country. It carries an impressive selection of new, antique and modern designs. It also offers restoration and cleaning services. Periodically, it hosts Turkish and Tibetan weavers, who demonstrate the weaving methods and artistry that go into the creation of their rugs.
This funky (and popular with the Yale crowd) bookstore offers an expansive selection for all ages and tastes, plus a fun adjoining cafe to grab a bite or drink and to further enjoy the literary experience. The store faces busy Chapel Street and if you are lucky enough to grab a place by the window, you can add people watching to the experience. Close to the Yale University Art Gallery and other Yale attractions, Atticus is a great place for the bookish as well as the hungry tourist.
Wave is a gallery and boutique shop located in Downtown New Haven. Wave specializes in beautiful jewelry and handmade crafts, gifts and other decor items. The friendly staff is happy to help you with anything from picking out that perfect pair of earrings to match your outfit to finding the perfect gift for your friend's wedding.