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Located on Backus Avenue in Danbury, Guitar Center enjoys all the attention and adulation of the budding as well as professional musicians in the city. One can find a large collection of quality musical instruments, right from guitars to percussion sets, as well as speakers, amplifiers and synthesizers under one roof. A part of a popular chain of music stores, which has hundreds of branches across the country, the store's inventory comprises brands like Gibson, Yamaha, Fender, Dunlop, Roland, Shure and many more. Apart from the sale of these products, the store also offers workshops and clinics to improve your skills in music under the guidance of experts.
As the oldest running and operating general store in the country, St. James is a landmark and a convenient shop for all sorts of goods on the North Shore. They sell 19th Century wares and modern day gifts, trinkets, supplies and candy. Originally opened in 1857, the locals revere St. James as their corner shop as well as a throwback to their rich history and culture.
Waterbury Plaza Shopping Center is well-located on Chase Avenue in Waterbury. Popular stores include Sportspark and Super Stop and Shop.
Simon shopping centers consistently offer quality brands and stores in a clean and well-maintained facility and The Smith Haven Mall is a great example of this. With over 140 stores to choose from, a full food court and 4 restaurants to choose from like The Cheesecake Factory, you can spend an entire day getting lost in the mall. The stores range from high-end to more affordable brands.
Many would be surprised to find that one of the premier independent bookstores in the country, albeit a small one compared to the sheer size of many others, is located in Madison, just a 15-minute drive from New Haven. R.J. Julia has been the most unique and appealing independent bookseller in the area since 1989, with a small cafe and coffee shop as well as a huge area dedicated to children's books. Stepping into R.J. Julia is like venturing into a Victorian home, filled with books and trinkets galore. One of the best reasons to show up here is to hear one of the numerous, noted authors promote their latest works, and there is a book event nearly every day. Plenty of big names are attracted to this bookstore which caters to young and old, and will do its best to ensure you can get what you need.