Located right in Downtown New Haven, the Broadway Shopping District is home to over 50 different shops. From cute boutiques to jewelry stores and beauty products, the Broadway Shopping District is one of the most popular shopping areas in New Haven. When it's time to rest your feet, there are several restaurants and cafes in the area as well.
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.
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.
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.
A grand expansion at the Westfield Connecticut Post (formerly known as the Post Mall) brings with it more levels of premium designer boutiques, chain retailers and major department stores like Sears and Macy's, and several other anchor stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, JC Penney, H&M and Borders. The center also offers dining and entertainment options, like the 14-plex Showcase Cinemas. The mall is conveniently located off I-95 and in the five mile strip mall of the Post Road in Milford and Orange, where there is just about every major chain store and eatery imaginable.
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.
Owned by one of the leading fashion designer's in the city, there is much to be admired at the Neville Wisdom store. Designed and put together by the genius man, each piece of clothing found here boasts an impeccable finesse and style, that's been mastered over the years. Featuring chic and trendy clothes for men and women, there's very little here that won't light up your eyes in amazement. From dresses and tops, to skirts, coats and sweaters, no matter what you're looking for, this store will deliver. If none of the available options seem appealing, Neville can customize an outfit for you based on your designs and requirements.
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.