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English Building Market is a truly unique department store located in Downtown New Haven. The store features all vintage and antique goods in its various departments, from clothing to home goods to furniture. Where else can you go buy a vintage tea set and a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes all in the same adorable store?
Classical music lovers will adore the Foundry Music company. Lying across State Street and Whitney Avenue, it is easy to get lost in the golden ages of classical music in this store. Dust that unused piano and give composing another chance, as the store is infamous for its stacks of notes, sheets and prints. Alternatively, you could learn that symphony which you always wanted to master. While the place is crumpled and begs for space, when left alone to browse the store, there's no doubt you'll find notes of the prominent and the under-rated alike.
This shop is a true piece of New Haven history, and it is worth a stop inside regardless of your smoking habits. Conveniently located across the street from the Shubert Theatre, past customers include Vincent Price, Olivia de Havilland and Rex Harrison. Two employees from the 1950s still work here; one an expert in pipe repair and the other a specialist in mixing tobaccos. The shop offers a walk-in humidor, cigar lounge and cafe, plus everything from hand-blended tobaccos and handcrafted pipes to music boxes, writing instruments and chess sets.
You will find yourself staring in a daze at the large assortment of sweets inside this cozy shop. After you pick up some bulk candies and some hand dipped chocolates wrapped in pretty papers, try the soda fountain. Here, smoothies, authentic New York egg creams, milk shakes and malts can be whipped up with Double Rainbow ice cream, all the way from San Francisco. Don't forget to ask about its seasonal ice cream flavors.
With more than 200 hundred stores in the United States and Canada, Ten Thousand Villages brings fine quality handicrafts from all over the world to New Haven. Beautiful handmade crafts and textiles, toys and home accessories fill the small boutique run by volunteers of this non-profit operation. The proceeds from these purchases assist third world crafts people in many ways including income to pay for food, clothing, housing, health care and education for their families. This is a perfect place to pick out a unique gift for a special person (or yourself!) while making a difference in the lives of third world artisans.
Milford Boat Works is located at the city harbor, a short distance from downtown. This store at the marina has got all your nautical needs covered. Make a pit stop here before your next voyage for excellent repair services and boating essentials. On sale are a great selection of vessels, engines, wooden framework, glassware, metal work and accessories.
Ah, fresh from the vine or the bush! Nothing like picking your own apples, strawberries, blueberries or pumpkins! Bishop's has been a local establishment for over a century and continues to draw hundreds of visitors as well as local residents preferring fresh produce, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, unique, fine grocery items and dairy products. Don't forget to try their wines, made from their fruits, apple ciders and grapes. Check their website or call their hotline to find out what fruits are available for Pick-Your-Own (+1 203 453 PICK).