June 29, 2011
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Water Street Shopping and the Velvet Mill

For a teeny town, Stonington offers myriad opportunities to part with your money. If you’ve lost your luggage, head straight to Indigo Bleu and paw through their packed racks for everything from Hanky Panky undies and beachy dresses to stacks of hand-printed tunics. Stop at Vagaries for authentic, handmade Spanish espadrilles (a bargain at $69). A. K. Dasher’s stock of sterling silver jewelry is priced at wholesale. Many of the antique shops have given way to jewelry and accessories: try Next and Tucci for beach hats, over-size sunglasses and trendy accessories. I’m smitten with the cheery fabrics at Hungry Palette (pictured). They’ve been churning out these vintagey handprints for 44 years and stitching them up into short and long A-line skirts. The maxi version is retro-cool and right on this season. Fabric panels available, too, for curtains or crafty projects.

The Velvet Mill, a renovated factory just outside of the Borough, houses artists studios, most of them open to the public. Take a weaving class at Fiber Arts Studio or stop in at Prescient Studios to watch renowned glass artist Jeffrey P’an at work and ogle his gorgeous glass vessels. (Take up to 50% off all in-stock items during his studio sale, June 15th through 18th). The Velvet Mill artists host their 8th Annual Open Studio and Exhibition on July 8th, from 5 – 8pm.

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