If you haven’t been to Billy’s Bakery yet, you’re in for a treat. Breads, pastries, deli sandwiches, cakes, and more can be found in this shop. The open food-prep area gives you a good view of the busy bees baking up goodies, and you can expect to be greeted quickly by counter help or even Billy himself. On a recent visit, loyal customers praised the sourdough bread and bumbleberry pie.
1885 Black Rock Tpke., (203) 337-5349; billysbakery.com
2. Sporting Goods
Soccer is a game about individual skills, fair play and teamwork—qualities seen in Soccer Post, which has been in business since 1992. They have a great selection of quality soccer gear, charge a fair price and give back (exchange old cleats for new ones at 20 percent savings, and the old ones are donated to charity).
1867 Black Rock Tpke., (203) 332-7300; soccerpostofct.com
3. Toy Store
Have a little one? Keep them busy with fun toys, mind-enriching games, and creative arts and crafts. You’ll find choices here that you didn’t know existed. Shopping here isn’t an overwhelming experience for parents.
2268 Black Rock Tpke., (203) 330-0620; yellowmoontoycompany.com
You’ll probably want to stop in just because it’s such a handsome-looking shop and because you’re thinking about your catch for dinner (fish ‘n’ chips?). Also check out the lobster bakes. Swanson’s caters this summer-in-New-England tradition picture-perfect. Quick, melt some butter!
2439 Black Rock Tpke., (203) 374-1577; swansonsfish.com
Looking for a little sparkle to go with your new outfit? Lenox Jewelers has been offering fine rings, earrings, necklaces, watches, and other beautiful choices since 1936. Easy shopping for life milestones, gifts or just staying in fashion, Lenox is nestled among a men’s hair salon and a wedding dress boutique, making it a must destination for those planning a wedding.
While Chip’s address is not technically Black Rock Turnpike, the popular, neighborhood-feel restaurant abuts the turnpike and deserves a mention. Find more than a 100 varieties of pancakes as well as other family-favorite meals throughout the day. Plus, catch up with your neighbors.
525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off, (203) 332-3370; chipsrestaurants.com/fairfield