Top Local Shops To Visit On Black Friday In Connecticut

November 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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Shop and get the best deals the day after Thanksgiving. This is the day when retailers turn a profit and you start your holiday shopping. Make your list and check it twice. Below are some local retailers that have some great deals on holiday shopping. Take advantage of Black Friday at these Connecticut shops.

R J Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-3959

R J Julia’s has been open for 23 years as an independent bookstore. There are books on all subjects and reading levels. The shop has an Advance Readers Club for tweens and teens. Belonging to the club may allow you to read a copy of the book before it is released to the public. If you have a book in mind, the sales personnel will be happy to look for it. You can purchase gift cards in five dollar increments. They have KOBO an eReading partner that gives you access to more than 3 million books. With over 350 events a year, you may very well get to meet and hear about your favorite author’s latest book. The shop has won many major awards nationally, statewide and locally.

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Time Machine
71 Hilliard St.
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 646-0610

The shops goal is to promote family time through learning and strategy development bundles with fun. It is known as New England’s premier table-top gaming center. Here you will find model trains, radio control cars, science and rocketry, doll house miniatures, toys, games and puzzles. The shop also carries products for infants and toddlers. Magic, warhammer and more card games are available. There is also The Portal, a place to meet other gamers.

The Village Gourmet
11 River St.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-8646

This is a specialty shop that concentrates on cheeses and gourmet foods. Baskets can be custom made per you choosing. There are six basket sizes available. Going on a road trip or want to have a picnic? Give them a call and they will make you a boxed lunch. Gourmet prepared foods makes a wonderful gift. You will find empanadas, spring rolls and stuffed raviolis among your choices. Cooking classes are available for gift giving.

Out Front Farm
179 Main St.
Monroe, CT 06468
(203) 261-8499

The shop is a feed store and has been around for since 1981. This business is owned by the Rega family. You will find small animal food for pets as well as for horses and cattle.  Farm supplies; hay, pine shavings, cages and accessories are for sale. If they don’t have what you need in stock, it can be ordered and available in three days. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. You will also find bird seed, feeders and houses for your backyard friends.

In Sheep’s Clothing
10 Water St.
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 482-3979

The fiber shop has just moved to a larger establishment. If you are looking for a spinning wheel, hand looms both for the table and floor, yarn, books, knitting needles or crochet hooks, this is the place. Ginger, the shop owner has 20 years of experience using Ashford products and 16 years, selling them. She will provide you with the best possible customer service on these products as she stands behind them. You will find classes and demonstrations available. There are also kits, felting and rug hooking to be found.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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