We hope you’ll join us on 11/14 for Girls’ Night Out in Essex! The shops in the village are well-stocked for the season with gifts, apparel, home and more. We scouted more than a handful of inspiring items so whether you’re planning to shop for yourself or for your loved ones, you’re covered! Meet us at The Griswold Inn Wine Bar between 5 pm and 6:30 pm for 1/2 price wine and to pick up your sticker to qualify for discounts. Then head out to shop and take 20% off almost everything (some exclusions apply) at participating boutiques. Market This new beautifully merchandised shop is a gift-givers haven! For starters, we went wild over Market’s collection of blank books. Choose from covert hardcovers one might mistake as a Hermes or Louis Vuitton coffee table book or black and white stenciled cowhide versions. Our faves were the French-vintage-inspired Mon Carnet de Croquis Poche collection. These sturdy books are filled with blank paper for journaling or drawing. From $9 – $175. Top it off with a quill pen for $18. Don’t miss owner, Kim Gilhool’s selection of personalized totes, clutches, and more. Choose from an array of styles and have a whole slew of these handy pieces customized for everyone you know (and yourself). Prices range from $54 – $220 and take 2-3 weeks for delivery. Here’s more from Market: The Griswold Inn Store: Goods and Curiosities We’re hoping to get our hands on Jacques Pepin’s latest book, Menu, before our next dinner party. Archive your meals, guests, and highlights of the evening among Jaques’ hand selected drawings gathered from a half a century of his own journal sketches and illustrations. Gris Goods also stocks all manner of gifts for the youngsters on your list. From whimsically packaged art supplies to origami fish, there’s plenty to choose from. We especially love the book of 80 puzzles for hours of entertainment and earth science bingo for family fun. Here’s more from The Griswold Inn Store: Goods and Curiosities: One N Main One North Main is brimming with cashmere and this striped sweater caught our eye. Classic navy stripes with a pop of red and a sweet detail on the neckline. 100% cashmere. Who wouldn’t want this animal-cruelty-free reversible jacket from Save the Duck? It’s quilted on one side and faux fur on the other. It folds into a teeny bag for those climate shifting New England days. $228 Here’s more from One North Main: Pough Interiors Pough is forever our go-to for interior inspo. But good to know, they stock a full collection of Corkcicle vessels for keeping your (or someone you love’s) cocktails cool. From tumblers to canteens, there’s a size for every spirit. $19 – $38 In other libation-related accessories, we ogled a tabletop full of brass cocktail shakers and flasks, cork key chains (made in Essex) and marble wine keys. Just the right pick-me-up for hostess gifts or the hard-to-buy-for guy in your life. $14 – $44 Here’s more from Pough Interiors: Cortland Park Cortland Park is notorious for their luxurious cashmere and fur but we spied a few must-haves in silk and leather. This navy, silk blouse by Suzy D ($110) by will be perfect, paired with a slim pant and a fancy shoe, for any holiday soirée. And check out these classic leather totes by Beck. The pebbly leather is supple, sturdy, lined with velvet, and big enough in any size to haul just about everything one might need. Comes in small, medium, and large in an array of bright colors. Prices range from $345 – $475. Here’s more from Cortland Park: Haystacks Haystacks is well stocked (as always) with cozy capes, sweaters and pompom hats for the season ahead. This comfy fleece bomber jacket ($132) will come in handy as the temps drop, as will the piles of fleece-lined tights (from $15) and basic tees that dot the shelves on the shelves for layering. On the lighter side, we found piles of cotton tunics in colorful graphic patterns and Indian prints. This blush and grey silk version from Dolma could become a staple. $35 – $88 Here’s more from Haystacks: See the list of participating shops here. Thanks so much to our sponsor: Guilford Savings Bank.