This family business, now three generations, has some of the prettiest jewelry around. If you have something very specific in mind, talk to one of the expert goldsmiths. If they don’t have it, they can have it made for you. The piece you’ve always wanted can be yours.
393 Pequot Ave., (203) 319-0021; kassonjewelers.com
Here, in a transformed antique house, is a boutique for those with a taste for travel. Lava-bead necklaces, gorgeous tunics, breezy scarves, oversized totes, and much more. The styles range from preppy to Bohemian but consistently chic and interesting. During your visit, which is likely to be unrushed and relaxing, you’ll see teens and moms equally enjoying the selection.
363 Pequot Ave., (203) 292-8788
Show your very good taste with classic American sportswear. A bit Ivy League, a bit coastal prep, the fashions here are flattering, sophisticated and tasteful without ever being boring. Colors pop, prints are fresh, and everything fits perfectly.
342 Pequot Ave., (203) 955-1555; jmclaughlin.com
Gifts & More
Fairfield Women’s Exchange
Now fifty-one years old, the volunteer-run Fairfield Women’s Exchange is a treat to browse for baby gifts (like a hand-knit sweater) or a hostess gift (cheery, floral trays), pick up a sun hat for her or a key fob for him. It’s a little this, a little that with a friendly conversation. Don’t miss the vintage and antique pieces, like china and furniture, in the back room.
332 Pequot Ave., (203) 259-5138
Leave it to a fine art gallery to transform a former hardware store into a sophisticated, bright and cheery space. The founders saw the potential and succeeded beautifully. Today, the gallery offers an active roster of shows and enjoys a loyal following of collectors and enthusiasts.
330 Pequot Ave., (203) 292-6124; southportgalleries.com
During your walk through town, stop into Barbara Barbara. Here you’ll find a fun-to-shop collection of items for the home, like vases, glasses, linens, silver spoons and throw pillows. Beautiful!
351 Pequot Ave., (203) 259-5717