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Stratford Connecticut

Discover what Stratford has in Store 

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Stratford Connecticut

Discover what Stratford has in Store 

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This Nov 30 is the 10th Small Business Saturday®, which means it’s almost time to celebrate with your favorite Stratford Small businesses.


Save the date to Shop Small® with us because when you do, you make a big difference for our business and our community. Join us in making this Small Business Saturday one to remember!


As always, thank you for your continued support — we can’t wait to celebrate with you!


We're Getting Ready for Shop Small Stratford!

It's A Team Effort

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Karin Doyle of Stratford CT Economic Development shown here dropping off promotional signs to Mellow Monkey Gifts and Home Decor owner, Howard Aspinwall. Look for these signs next week as a reminder to Shop Small in Stratford On Small Business Saturday. A very special thank you to both The Milford Bank (our local corporate sponsor) and Stratford's Office of Economic Development for covering the cost of making these signs.

For Every Trend, There Is A Counter Trend

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Even though it might seem like the Amazons of the world are taking over, consumers are increasingly seeking the authentic, tangible experiences that only local shops can offer.

When you Shop Small, you can also feel good that you're keeping your spending dollars in your own community, because small businesses give back in a way that national retailers hardly do, and online retailers don't do at all.

Double the difference you make by sharing your Small Business commitment with others.


Making it Official!

Official Proclamation - Shop Small Stratford Saturday

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Mayor Laura Hoydick presented a proclamation officially declaring November 30th, 2019 "Shop Small Stratford Saturday."  The content of this proclamation demonstrates that the town's leadership understands AND supports small, independent business in Stratford.


The proclamation was presented to Mellow Monkey Gifts and Home Decor owner, Howard Aspinwall (right) - the AMEX Neighborhood Champion and organizer of the event for the fourth year in a row.  Jorge Santiago, Executive Vice President of Milford Bank (left) was also on hand representing the bank as the official local sponsor of the event.

Small Business Thrives in Stratford

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Just a few Stratford Small Business Owners joining the official proclamation. From left to right, Paul Joy, Owner of Goody Bassett's Ice Cream, Jorge Santiago, Executive VP of Milford Bank in Stratford, Mayor Laura Hoydick, Howard Aspinwall, Owner of Mellow Monkey Gifts & Home Decor, Kathy Vass, Owner of Ever After Memories, and Sorina Nedelea, Co-Owner of Dream Kitchens

Shopping small is a big deal

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This event is YOUR opportunity to show support for the many diverse and unique independent businesses that make up a large part of the texture and color of our town.


Small businesses give back in so many ways.  Make this your day to show your appreciation by supporting these businesses and their continued longevity in Stratford.


Shop Small Stratford Businesses

Bar, Wine and Brew

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Three breweries and super friendly watering holes make Stratford the perfect place to enjoy your favorite craft beverage or libation.

Desserts and Treats

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When it comes to sweet confections, Stratford has so many choices. From Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt, to Sundaes from "Paradice" to old fashioned ice cream with turn-of-the-century history.

Services

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If you're looking for a service provider across a wide spectrum of disciplines, you don't need to go far.  Salons, Opticians, Martial Arts and even 3D Printing, Stratford has it all and so much more!

Shopping

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When it comes to innovative and unique offerings, Stratford has it all.  From local craftspeople to specialized gear for surfcasting to home decor and gifts you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

Dining

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Whatever type of cuisine you fancy, Stratford's restaurants have it.  From Latin Fusion to Dive Bar Grub to  Waterfront Dining, it's all here in one town!

Arts & Entertainment

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Stratford has the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut with over 20,000 square feet and will feature "A Frightmare Before Christmas"



Why Shop Small Stratford ?


Tag your favorites in IG & FB: @shopsmallstratford


Stratford Small Business in Action History

Small Business Stratford In The News!

Jen Bridwell Oppenheim of Transformation for Every Body LLC being interviewed by News12 CT.

Participating Stratford Small Businesses Gather to kick off the 14 day countdown to Shop Small Stratford at Mellow Monkey Gifts and Home Decor.  Jen Bridwell Oppenheim of Transformation for Every Body LLC seen here being interviewed by News12 CT.

Women Owned Small Businesses In Stratford

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Stratford has many small businesses owned and operated by women.  Several were on hand for the official 14 day countdown.  From left to right, Doreen Torres of GAFAS Optical,  Sorina Nedelea of Dream Kitchen Designs,  Carla Shavel of Skincare by Carla, Kathy Vass of Ever After Memories, and Jen Bridwell Oppenheim of Transformation for Every Body LLC.


Stratford Small Business Spotlight

The Surfcaster - Offshore Fishing Equipment and Gear Shop 

360 Sniffens Lane in Stratford and online at TheSurfcaster.com


Sterling House Community Center

 

Sterling House is a multi-service community center located in the heart of Stratford, Connecticut, serving more than 8,000 children, teenagers, and adults. Sterling House offers a variety of programs such as preschool, after school, summer day camp, athletics (soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and more), community services, positive youth development, food pantry and referral resource center, music and art lessons, and adult programs to the residents of the Stratford and greater Bridgeport area.


Sterling House kicks off its Annual Tree Sale on Shop Small Stratford Saturday (Nov 24th) from 12-5pm. Stop by and enjoy hot cocoa and one free Sterling House hat with each tree purchase. 


Sterling House
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 378-2606 


For Business Owners

Are you an independently owned, small business in Stratford, Connecticut?  Get on board to participate in upcoming Stratford Small Business Events, 


Stratford Small Business Spotlight

If you love horror movies, you can step inside one at Stratford's own Mega Haunted House. Even though Halloween is over, Fright Haven is still at it scaring the daylights out of patrons. Look for special events throughout the year and especially at Halloween. Located at 411 Barnum Avenue Cut-Off (in the old Bally's building) next to LA Fitness and Ninety-Nine Restaurant.


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Stratford Small Business Spotlight

Pine Street Picture Framing

When you’re looking to frame that special work of art, print, painting or cherished photograph, the professionals for over 16 years are right here in Stratford!

Looking for a custom mirror - or perhaps a custom bulletin board? What ever your idea, Pine Street Picture Framing will work with you to create the perfect piece to fit your space and your decor.


Learn More

The holidays are fast approaching so gather up those things you’ve been meaning to frame and call Pine Street Framing at 203-377-4169 for an appointment at their Lordship home studio.  


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Stratford Small Business Spotlight

Riley's by the Seawall

Riley’s by the Seawall is an exciting waterfront restaurant that opened this year in the site previously operated as "Crabby Dog" and before that, "Mara Belle." 


Owners Richard Davis and Steve O’Neill started the seafood restaurant with an aim to create a new community hub that offers both dining and pub fare.


The new owners renovated the space and successfully transformed it into the tropical-themed restaurant and pub they envisioned, which Davis said matched with the overall atmosphere of their Long Island Sound location. The new bar overlooks the waterfront and the refurbished dining room is bright and also affords views of the Sound. 


Richard Davis is not new to the restaurant business.  He has owned and operated eateries throughout Fairfield County for 30 years.  His most recent restaurant was Murphy’s Townhouse Café in Stamford. He also had opened the original Riley's in New Milford in the early 1990s before selling it. 


Riley's by the Seawall was inpsired by the 1960s television show, “The Life of Riley" - who Davis said is more of a free spirit by the water type, so it’s a natural location for a Riley’s.” 


This is O’Neill’s first experience in the restaurant business, coming from a lengthy career in the finance industry. Both O'Neill and Davis decided to team up when they learned of the opportunity for a waterfront establishment in Stratford.


The atmosphere of the restaurant, the proximity to the peaceful vibes of the beach and the indisputable talent in the kitchen makes Riley's the perfect year round spot for dining out and having a cocktail with friends. 

Learn More

Riley's by the Seawall

14 Beach Dr Stratford CT 06615

(203) 693-9255


Open 7 days a week serving both Lunch and Dinner.  


The Menu consists of Seafood, Salads, Steaks, Burgers, Wings.     


The dining room accommodates up to 30 people, with additional seating for 28 in the bar area and 12 seats at the bar with waterfront views.  There is additional seating for 42 outside on the seasonal waterfront patio.



About Us

Mellow Monkey

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The store that is anything but the ordinary has taken the lead in promoting Stratford Small Merchant Businesses for the fourth year in a row.  Mellow Monkey is also AMEX's official "Neighborhood Champion" for Stratford and provides the funding for the management and hosting of this site and for The Lower Loop website.

American Express

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American Express sponsors Small Business Saturday® on Nov 30th. 

This no cost program helps local businesses attract customers with promotional assistance all compliments of American Express. 

Shop Small Stratford appreciates the support and assistance from American Express Monica for her hard work towards making this the best Shop Small Stratford Saturday ever.

Positively Stratford

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Stratford, Connecticut has incredible potential and exciting things are happening in this coastal town on the eastern fringe of Fairfield County. This group is all about sharing positive experiences, events, activities and changes happening in Stratford. Your one source for Local Optimism.


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