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Culture abounds on quiet Audubon Street. There are galleries (Artspace, Small Space Gallery), performance spaces (The Arts Hall), arts organizations (City Spirit Artists, the New Haven Ballet), a host of art schools (the Neighborhood Music School, the Educational Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Workshop), and even the annual Audubon Arts on the Edge Festival. Shops and restaurants have also begun moving into the neighborhood. Ongoing activities are listed in the Arts Council Calendar, available free at the Arts Council office at 70 Audubon St across from Leeney Plaza.
Known throughout the city for their intricate jewelry designs and fabulous diamond work, Derek Simpson Goldsmith is the place to be when you're looking to make a special purchase. Since its inception, this has been the neighborhood's most trusted goldsmiths, offering a guarantee of durability and genuineness to all its products. From gold and diamond rings and necklaces, to customized sets, irrespective of the demand, this shop has got you covered.
This funky (and popular with the Yale crowd) bookstore offers an expansive selection for all ages and tastes, plus a fun adjoining cafe to grab a bite or drink and to further enjoy the literary experience. The store faces busy Chapel Street and if you are lucky enough to grab a place by the window, you can add people watching to the experience. Close to the Yale University Art Gallery and other Yale attractions, Atticus is a great place for the bookish as well as the hungry tourist.
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.