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Holiday Shopping that Supports Connecticut Businesses

When it’s time to go holiday shopping, it’s always important to #SupportCTBusinesses. Find one-of-a-kind gifts that help keep local shops in business, and keep Connecticut special and unique.

Give outdoor shopping centers a try, enjoy the charm of walkable shopping towns, find Connecticut-made gifts galore online, and more. Here is a guide to the many ways to support Connecticut businesses this holiday season.

Stonington Borough

Find holiday spirit in Stonington Borough, set in the heart of Stonington, Connecticut. Here you’ll find quaint shops and galleries with unique gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures, from fashions and handcrafted jewelry at Indigo Bleu to the artisan appeal of The Velvet Mill.

Greenwich Avenue

If you're splurging on loved ones this holiday season, you'll find designer fashion boutiques and upscale shops on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich. The strip has a neighborhood feel with a Rodeo Drive appeal, with local shops like Splurge sitting side by side with familiar names like Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines. Closer to the beach in Old Greenwich, you’ll find even more great shopping, like Back 40 Mercantile. You might even attend the Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival where you can support local businesses, see reindeer and get in the holiday spirit.

West Hartford Center

An ideal place to check off your shopping list, West Hartford Center is one of Connecticut’s best-known shopping districts, with everything from local boutiques to familiar names. Browse clothing, housewares and more at Hope & Stetson, find the latest fashions at Kimberly Boutique and Bohdii Boutique, or find a variety of unique gift items at Ten Thousand Villages.

Downtown Litchfield

For a quintessential New England feel, explore the town of Litchfield. Like nearby towns Goshen, Bantam and New Preston, Litchfield is home to small local shops and restaurants. Shop for clothing at Serendipity Vintage & Handmade and buy baked treats at the Dutch Epicure Shop, a perfect spot to find foodie gifts.

Main Street Ridgefield

Downtown Ridgefield is home to a bustling Main Street. Quaint shops, including Audrey Road and The Toy Chest;  restaurants, theaters, museums, and a community park are all in walking distance and situated alongside many beautiful Colonial homes and buildings. And is designated as a “cultural district.” Photo credit: Sara Ardeleano

Downtown New Canaan

Find downtown holiday shopping on Elm Street in downtown New Canaan. You'll find boutiques and shops for every taste and budget, such as favorites like The Whitney Shop and Family Britches.

Main Street Old Saybrook

Take your holiday shopping to the coast! Main Street in Old Saybrook is home to a lovely combination of coastal character and New England charm. From Saybrook Home to Tova's Vintage and Old Saybrook Antiques Center, you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops and boutiques for holiday gifts.

Historic Downtown Mystic

Another waterfront shopping district, Historic Downtown Mystic is a picturesque spot to browse for everyone on your list. Find handmade goods at Mystic Knotwork, men’s accessories and bar items at Trove, women’s accessories and jewelry at Hang the Moon, home décor at La Cote Mystic, and much more throughout the area.


Enjoy New England charm in the quaint villages of Washington Depot and New Preston, and discover one-of-a-kind finds at shops like Plain Goods, Dawn Hill Antiques, Privet House, Pergola and more.

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