By Mary Wheeler
Grey Goose Cookery
27 Coogan Blvd
Olde Mistick Village, Building 19A
Mystic, CT 06355
Hours: Mon – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Grey Goose Cookery, is a unique independent and regional kitchen store to help you get all your kitchen essentials: quality cookware, cutlery, bake ware, kitchen appliances, gadgets, and even gourmet foods. For those who love name brand products, choose from such great products like Cuisinart, Kitchen Aid, and Krups among others. The Viking 4-Piece Cookware set ($299.00) is a great choice for beginner chefs. As you shop, nosh on samples of sauces, jellies, and dips.
Added Bonus: looking to brush up on your cooking skills? Grey Goose Cookery offers a great selection of classes including Wine Appreciation, Bruch, Knife Skills, and The Basics of Cooking and Wine, among others (prices vary by class). Check out their website for store specials to save even more.
131 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Hours: Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regardless of the length (either short or long), sturdy, functional curtains are essential for any home. But you also want them to be attractive as well (nothing worse than heavy, outdated curtains.) Casual Curtain offers a diverse selection of casual, country and contemporary curtains as well as other home decor items. Choose from such types as balloons, pairs, panels, scarves, swags, three piece sets, tiers and toppers; so you’ll be sure to please everyone in the family. The 3-piece Logan Check Swag Set make for a great decorative curtain, 100% cotton lined and available in a rustic gingham check pattern ($49.99-$57.99). You won’t have to worry about breaking the bank at Casual Curtain; large selections of their products are under $100.00.
Added Bonus: Can’t make it to the store? There is free shipping on their website for the featured products of the month.
The Clean Bedroom
Old Sasco Mill
1869 Post Rd E
Westport, CT 06880
Hours: Mon – Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you want to splurge, splurge in the bedroom. And nothing makes more of a statement then organic bedding. The Clean Bedroom has an amazing selection of comforters, duvet covers, sheets, and pillows as well as mattresses, furniture and bedroom decor; essentially anything you could possible need. The Clean Bedroom 300-thred count Organic Sheet sets are made with 100% pure organic cotton and contain no dyes, $45.00. The Rejuvenation Organic Pillow in Buckwheat or Millet Hull is filled with organic buckwheat hulls or millet hulls and of thick layers of Eco Wool, $49.00-$63.00. For a bit of a splurge, the Brahms Mount Herringbone Natural Cotton Blanket is made with 100% natural cotton with no toxic pesticides ($227.00-$331.00.) There are benefits to organic bedding: chemical-free bedding is great for those with allergies and asthma. An added bonus: free shipping on orders over $50.00.
The Curtain and Bath Outlet
2631 Berlin Tpke
Newington, CT 06111
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Curtain and Bath Outlet, is a great place to pick up all your bathroom essentials: shower curtains and liners, rugs and mats, and bath accessories. Choose from either fabric shower curtains in vibrant colors like the Hydrangea Fabric Shower Curtain ($34.99) or choose a vinyl variation like the Botanical Rice Paper Shower Curtain ($11.99). The eco-friendly Ducks Vinyl Shower Curtain (13.99) is super cute for the kids. Don’t forget to also pick up a Vinyl Shower Liner 70X72, $2.69 and shower hooks and rods. The Curtain and Bath Outlet also has a great selection of mats: like the Poppy Bath Rug made of 100% cotton $13.99-$16.99 or for something a little more traditional the Verona Luxury Bath Mats. Available in brown, crème and green and five different sizes to fit any bathroom $7.99-$24.99, these durable mats are a long-lasting and a great deal. Make such to check out the selection of cute accessories to spruce up your bathroom like oval shower caddies, towel organizers and a great bubble bath mat for the kids. Weekly sales available online.