The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

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kyu
Laura (my right arm at The E List) and I deserved a big break after managing to whip out a list every week, pandemic or not, so we headed off to Miami.

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melissa barbieri
In early 2020, local painter and friend, Melissa Barbieri, introduced us to her genius project and we're circling back for a revisit.

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brian stephens
Fables, fairy tales, and allegory are the inspiration for this monumental installation by Brian Keith Stephens at the Lyman Allyn.

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nancy lucas
We asked individuals and couples' therapist, Nancy Lucas, for advice on navigating relationships post Covid.

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prive swiss med spa
Treat your face to some pampering after a year-plus of mask-wearing.

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vision board
We asked a Personal Growth Coach for some tips on creating a vision board.

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prive swiss med spa
Treat your face to some pampering after a year-plus of mask-wearing.

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timothy pamment salon
One good thing the pandemic has brought to the Shoreline is an influx of creative talent.

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tina perma
If you're looking for an intimate spot to safely have your nails done, we've found one.

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We've gathered a list of (mainly) local charities for Giving Tuesday.

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polar express
Child & Family's Polar Express is a wonderful way to give back this season and help those in our own community.

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Project Polar Express is helping hundreds of children and families celebrate the holiday season and YOU can help!

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gather
Help for hosts! Learn easy tips for throwing parties with Gather Intentional Living's virtual workshops.

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shell and bee
Whether you are looking to brush up on your artistic skills, spark creative ideas, or encourage your children to do so, Shell and Bee is a productive and fun place to be during these times.

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Earth and Fire
On the hunt for a hobby? Try your hand at pottery at Earth and Fire Studio in Essex.

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fall events
While it may feel like fall is canceled, we've rounded up a slew of things to enjoy, entertain and enlighten.

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billy elliot
We are all crazy for Billy Elliot here at The E List office, so we jumped at the chance to see the Tony Award-Winning show last Friday at The Goodspeed.

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summer music
There’s music just about every night of the week this summer. Take your pick!

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hadlyme pizza
A few fun stops off the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry!

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sunny days
We’ve sourced some cheerful accouterments for you to enjoy on sunny days ahead.

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nutmeg honey
This new Connecticut biz curates locally crafted goodies, packs them in a chic signature box, and ships them to your loved one.

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hadlyme pizza
A few fun stops off the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry!

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pica chica
This self-proclaimed “taco dealer” has expanded from its taco truck and set up shop in Clinton (in the old Aunt Shirley’s building).

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privateers
New brick oven pizza shop and provisions in the old Olive Oyl's spot in Essex.

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Craving cozy? Head straight to Au Chalet for steaming bowls of cheese and fresh salads in the Swiss style.

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august new haven
With its low-key European vibe, August is one of our favorite spots for wine and creative small plates.

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The Juice Box motto is 'Squeeze to Please, ' and they live up to it.

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kyu
We deserved a big break after managing to whip out a list every week, pandemic or not, so we headed off to Miami.

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My first trip post-vaccine was to visit my family in New Orleans and we discovered a few new places to eat, drink and soak up Big Easy culture.

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marcia simon travel
We asked travel advisor Marcia Simon for some ideas on post-pandemic family trips.

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swimsuits 2021
Every year we round up our favorite one-piece swimsuits. Ditch your basic black this year and go for a poppy color or print.

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patsy berglund
Patsy will come straight to your closet and without judgment, she'll help you make sense of what you own.

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post road supply
Pearls and Plaid has a fresh, new addition of menswear and gifts in their vast retail space.

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SUP
Here's how to enjoy Stand Up Paddle if you have shoulder issues!

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online fitness classes
We've rounded up some of our tried and true online yoga and fitness classes.

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club cycle deep river
Here's a spin class that will get your heart pumping! And it's right here in Deep River.

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hadlyme pizza
A few fun stops off the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry!

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farmers markets
The warm weather means the return of Farmer's Markets! We compiled a list of local markets for you.

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spread cheese
We visited a new cheesemonger and gourmet shop in the Shops at Main Street Market in Middletown.

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summer fun
Some of our favorite summer festivals and events are returning for 2021!

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Victory Garden
We asked master gardener, Christine Darnell, for some tips on planting our own vegetables.

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nh events
Rudolph, Santa, Ice Carving and the Messiah...there's lots of festive fun to be had in New Haven for the holidays.

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the seabird
This new charter based in Old Saybrook offers delightful “picnic” and sunset cruises plus all-day charters for up to 6 people.

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summer fun
Some of our favorite summer festivals and events are returning for 2021!

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melissa barbieri
In early 2020, local painter and friend, Melissa Barbieri, introduced us to her genius project and we're circling back for a revisit.

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nutmeg honey
This new Connecticut biz curates locally crafted goodies, packs them in a chic signature box, and ships them to your loved one.

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easter
We spotted some fun Easter treats!

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valentines gifts
We've rounded up some local and not-so-local lovely online gifts for dispatching to all your loves:

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Ladies Night Guilford 2020
The Guilford Green Merchants have organized a Ladies Night (men invited, too) on October 15th from noon til 8pm. Enjoy specials and discounts in the shops and restaurants around the Green.

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gno drawing
Join us in Guilford on December 6th for drinks, discounts, and dinner! It's free for The E List readers to participate.

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gno drawing
Meet us in Essex for another fun night of drinks, discounts, and dinner!

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nancy lucas
We asked individuals and couples' therapist, Nancy Lucas, for advice on navigating relationships post Covid.

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vision board
We asked a Personal Growth Coach for some tips on creating a vision board.

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a good home
Chelsea Wade has been decluttering, rearranging, and making order for three years now, and her enthusiasm has not flagged!

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Yankee Cider Barn
A few festive things to lure you out of the house this weekend!

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Holiday Things To do
Here’s our relatively exhaustive list of pop-up boutiques, holiday events, concerts, teas, tree-lightings, strolls, and shops that do it up for the season.

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Santa at Flo Gris
Guests for the weekend? Here are a few quintessential Shoreline events to keep them busy on Thanksgiving weekend.

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hadlyme pizza
A few fun stops off the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry!

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sunny days
We’ve sourced some cheerful accouterments for you to enjoy on sunny days ahead.

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earth crow
Smooth granite beach rocks provided the inspiration for this new local business.

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just hatched
Karen Helburn of Just Hatched sheds optimism on the direction of small business during these times.

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bluebird day
Bluebird Day gets the balance just right with a selection of kids' clothing and gifts that are smart, fun, surprising, and practical.

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college collage
We asked our interns, Hannah and Molly, for their college wish list.

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mens gifts
Here's a round-up of goodies for guys on our list:

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We've trolled the internet for a bunch of great guy gifts for dads or grads:

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Here is some ingenious outdoor seating made right here in Higganum.

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Margin Street Inn, Westerly
We spent a delightful 24 hours at the elegant Margin Street Inn.

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Griswold Textile Mill
Find high end designer fabrics at bargain basement prices at this hidden gem in Westerly.

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Hauser Chocolates
Here's where the locals head for the chocolate fix.

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the blake
This new stay smack in the middle of New Haven walks a tightrope between spare modern design and luxurious coziness.

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Craving cozy? Head straight to Au Chalet for steaming bowls of cheese and fresh salads in the Swiss style.

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nh events
Rudolph, Santa, Ice Carving and the Messiah...there's lots of festive fun to be had in New Haven for the holidays.

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Truffle Mac & Cheese Ballo's
Most of us think of the casino for big-name acts and nights of gaming, but there’s lots more to do, whether gambling is your thing or not. I headed over for a weekend of spa services, a pool party and fabulous food.

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watch hill
For summer shopping (and snacking), Watch Hill is one of our all-time favorites.

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The tiny hamlet of New Preston, CT is famous for a clutch of startlingly great shops.

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kyu
Laura (my right arm at The E List) and I deserved a big break after managing to whip out a list every week, pandemic or not, so we headed off to Miami.

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privateers
Privateer's Pizza, Pica Chica Tacos, and Meadowland simple syrup on this edition of the newsletter.

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the seabird
Even though Memorial Day weekend was the ultimate washout, I made the best of it by eating all the foods! 

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the seabird
This new charter based in Old Saybrook offers delightful “picnic” and sunset cruises plus all-day charters for up to 6 people.

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summer fun
Some of our favorite summer festivals and events are returning for 2021!

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dudley farm market
Don your mask and head to this merged market to find everything you'll need for a summer table.

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mamas garden
We're all in need of a little self-care these days. Find locally handcrafted scrubs, balms and lotions at Mama's Gardens!

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bestof_winners_featured
Here are the winners of the Best of the Shoreline Readers' Poll 2019

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readers poll
We give you our opinion all year long, now it’s your turn.

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readers poll
Here are YOUR favorites; a list of the winners of the 2018 Readers' Poll.

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priscilla martel
Chef Priscilla Martel shared her recipe for a simple and delicious loaf of bread for your St. Patrick's Day spread.

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dorie greenspan
A giant, shareable cookie sounds to me like the perfect thing to whip up this Valentine’s Day.

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tuna mousse
Here's a creamy, salty, savory, and delectable snack from a local chef.

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pica chica
This self-proclaimed “taco dealer” has expanded from its taco truck and set up shop in Clinton (in the old Aunt Shirley’s building).

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privateers
New brick oven pizza shop and provisions in the old Olive Oyl's spot in Essex.

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bacari
Give me a water view, Long Island Sound sunset, ocean breezes, a plate of oysters, and a glass of rose, and I'm happy.

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the hive coworking chester
The Hive is now open and offering all manner of remote working, conference and event space in various membership options.

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barefoot gardener
I needed a fix for our outdoor haven (and quick!) and rung up The Barefoot Gardener.

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I’ve recently found a solution to photobooks that is so much more satisfying and a whole lot quicker.

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the e list shop
Take 20% when you shop online. Plus free shipping!

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spring capsule
I've picked everything you need for a Spring Into Summer Capsule Wardrobe from our best selling designers.

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the e list shop spring
We’re reopening up the shop this week with beautiful new Spring arrivals from favorite designers.

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Dumbo
For a change of pace, I holed up for a few days in DUMBO. Here's my guide.

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made hotel
Winter blahs drove me to NYC for a few days of fun.

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shop nyc
Here's what I found: the perfect soccer mom coat, pants to see you through the season, and fast but fab fashion.

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links we love
Here's what's caught my eye during my 3am surfing lately.

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Links We Love
Prepare for a pandemic winter, dance your workout, Escape Room games at home, and more links we love.

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links we love
Best outdoor restaurants in NYC, travel essentials, gardening tools, and more marvels we've unearthed on the world wide interwebs.

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I justify my addiction to all things Apple because, hey, I’m in the digital industry!

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frankenberger associates
Education and learning experts share 8 tips to help ease virtual and hybrid learning.

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tips for growing business
Tips and Tricks from Ladyfest, a day-long webinar for creatives and entrepreneurs.

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car cleaning tips
I turned to the cleaning pros at A La Maid for some advice on car cleaning.

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kyu
We deserved a big break after managing to whip out a list every week, pandemic or not, so we headed off to Miami.

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My first trip post-vaccine was to visit my family in New Orleans and we discovered a few new places to eat, drink and soak up Big Easy culture.

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marcia simon travel
We asked travel advisor Marcia Simon for some ideas on post-pandemic family trips.

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niantic town guide
We've gathered our favorite places to eat and shop in Niantic and East Lyme and put them on a handy map.

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Essex Town Guide Featured
We've chosen our top 15 favorite places to eat and shop in Essex and put them on a handy map for you.

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Chester Town Guide
Here are our top picks for eating and shopping in Chester with a handy, printable map.

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nation satin
Is satin just for dress-up or underpinnings? Nope! This spring, I’m loving this collection of (viscose) satin separates. The wide leg crop pant is just the ticket for hot summer evenings. When worn with a matching tank or tee you’ve got a jumpsuit look without the annoyance. The boxy tees are edged in recycled cotton

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shayna b
We splashed around the pool, read novels, stopped in at the first Lyme Farmers’ Market of the season for comestibles (these yummy hand-pies are from Pursuit of Pastry’s booth), and mainly avoided technology.

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saybrook home
“Win a $500 Shopping Spree at the Insane Insidewalk Sale” Official Contest Rules THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS INTENDED ONLY FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (EXCLUDING OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, PUERTO RICO AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW. DO

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From quarrying its famous pink granite, to bootlegging and hiding Captain Kidd’s treasure, the archipelago known as the Thimble Islands has served a range of uses laced with mysterious lore.

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FEED Suppers
You’ve probably seen these bags around, or you may even own one.

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new haven contest
We've partnered with The Shops at Yale to bring you this exciting weekend getaway and shopping spree worth over $1000!

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