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For the Birds

A robin in New Haven, CT

Step into The Fat Robin in Hamden and you may think you’ve stepped into a woodland glade. Virtual birds sing. A miniature fountain burbles. The air smells pleasantly of seed and freshly cut wood. …

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Household Name

Alice Washburn

You can find them in New Haven on Alden Avenue and Cleveland Road, on Chapel Street and Vista Terrace. There are dozens in Hamden, but you’ll find a handful as well in Cheshire and North Haven, Woodbridge and Orange. …

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Project Management

Editor’s note: Shortly after publishing this story, we learned that Sew Crafty is closing up shop. We regret any crafting hopes this news may dash!

Sew Crafty, a New Haven craft studio, looks like Santa’s workshop if the elves were …

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Fibers of Being

In a sunny storefront on East Street, a number of artisans are sitting down, helping the rest of New Haven do the same. …

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Saw and Flame

Urban Wood & Steel

When Mike Copela was starting his own eatery, he noticed a lack of taste.

Not in the food, but in the furniture—specifically, the furniture restaurant suppliers were trying to sell him. …

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Chopping Wood

Reinaldo Cruz

In his Edgewood backyard, Reinaldo Cruz is busy shearing a piece of wood with a heavy knife. The forearm-sized-and-dwindling piece of red elm begins to take the shape it’s destined to become: a spoon. …

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Lots in Store

Jordan’s Furniture likes to go big. Its enormous sign, backed by a collage of actual chairs arranged like a tiled computer wallpaper, looms over new arrivals. To the right, another huge sign informs you of the presence of “It,” purportedly …

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Petalworking

Spring has come, and flowers are blooming. Yards and medians bob with daffodils, and the cherry blossom trees in Wooster Square are budding, promising petal showers any moment. …

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Place of Pride

Steve and Kate Melillo outside Americana Memories

On the Americana Memories website, there’s a phone number to reach Steve Melillo for “pennant emergencies.”

“It’s exactly what it sounds like,” Melillo says. For example…

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Semper Fi

Margaret Middleton

In recognition of Veterans Day, we’re revisiting this lightly updated story from July 4, 2014.

A huge number of military veterans return from war and find a different kind of struggle…

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