VII. Retail Stores and Businesses

This page used to just be “Curiuos Retail Stores” but I’ve expanded it to include “businesses” because there are a bunch of interesting private firms with near-museum quality collections and others that just do really unique stuff.

The retail stores the singular, unique, totally worth the visit and/or historic stores in the state. And remember – I hate shopping, so these visits are different. Trust me.

Restaurants and other foodstuffs can be found here, on the Ingest pages

Howland-Hughes Building, Waterbury, 11/4/2008
Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center, Middletown, 1/2/2009
The Connecticut Store, Waterbury, 3/31/2009
Oldest Seed Company in US, Wethersfield 4/14/2009
Patrick Baker and Sons, Fairfield, 6/13/2009
A Taste of Holland, South Norwalk, 6/13/2009
James Gallery & Soda Fountain, Old Saybrook, 7/25/2009
Time Machine Toy and Hobby, Manchester, Multiple
Winvian, Morris, 1/23/2010
Stew Leonard’s, Newington, 3/18/2012



Bantam Theater, Bantam
Mansfield Drive-In, Mansfield
Pleasant Valley Drive-In, Barkhamsted
The Book Barn (and all it’s annexes), Niantic
Meekers Hardware, Danbury
New England Jukebox & Amusement Company, Manchester
Space Shuttle McDonalds, Windsor Locks
United House Wrecking, Stamford
Perfection Screw, Wolcott
Hilltop Marine, Colchester
Horse Ridge Cellars, Somers(?) (Info)
MGC’s Custom Made Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles, East Haddam
Zok’s Homebrewing, Willimantic
O’Reilly’s, Farmington
Cadilac Ranch, Southington
Austin Organs
Smith-Worthington Saddlery Company

2 responses to “VII. Retail Stores and Businesses”

  1. Karen says:

    You forgot Washington Hardware. I am new to CT this year and I am getting to know it, so I am really enjoying your site. I was at the charming Litchfield Paint and Wallpaper in lovely Litchfield, which is a dear little paint store in a very old historic building that I love to drive to for paint supplies (it sells the really nice European Paints of Europe – nothing better!). On the way, I drive past the beautiful Arthusa farms that you have featured here. And I needed a “nearby” hardware store, other than the TrueValue down the road which did not have the sanding papers I needed for my particular sander. So they sent me to Washington Hardware in Washington CT: Its like gong back in time! A useful store! The area is beautiful, and leaving, towards Bethlehem, you can come upon the stunning Gunnery School – its another world, and beautiful. But did you also miss, on your site: Regina Laudis Abbey? That’s in Bethlehem – an oasis of heavenly peace and beauty. Check it out. Lovely chapel, nice art store, and an outdoor theater. Known nationwide as the home of Mother Delores Hart, the nun who kissed Elvis… :)

    Back in Woodbury, check out The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Wow!

  2. Karen says:

    Oh, and I was taking an alternate route home from Litchfield, in the spring, and stumpled upon this! What a treasure! Better pics: You won’t want to miss this come spring! I suggest lunch at Rozzie’s here in Thomaston where there is always good food, just down he road from the Leatherman’s Cave of “Watertown” (I thought it might be Thomaston since its close to here).

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