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Hair-doers

“You look ridiculous. We can fix that.”

So said a sign last month outside The Hive Hair Studio, an upstart salon opened just last year on Whitney…

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A Good Fit

Tops at Odeon

It’s been said that it’s better to look good than feel good, but in Westville, a woman doesn’t have to choose just one. Where Whalley Avenue meets Blake Street, a pair of mom-and-pop—indeed, husband-and-wife—businesses, connected at the…

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Sight for Sore Eyes

West Village Optician exterior 1

A man in need of new glasses enters Westville’s West Village Optician on a recent Saturday. He seems younger than 25 but prefers frames that are halfway to schoolmarm territory, stressing he wants nothing “too trendy.” (Is that a new …

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Men of the Cloth

Whalley Sample Shop exterior

“Man, this looks good!” says a tall man standing in front of a mirror, admiring a colorful three-piece suit. Three friends surround him, expressing their agreement.

It’s a Saturday afternoon…

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Bringing It Back

A secondhand wonderland is mounting a second coming in New Haven. Nifty Thrifty, an online retailer of curated vintage clothing established here in 2010, moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2012. The idea was to be closer to that area’s huge…

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Contemporary Impressionism

Alicia Valentino

Professional image consultant and New Haven native Alicia Valentino knows closets.

More precisely, she knows what to do with what’s in them. She can transform a random…

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Pretty Site

Makeup station at Capture Salon

If the walls of 100 Crown Street could talk, they would share rich tales of Elm City life at the turn of the 20th century. Built in 1903, the New Haven Water Company originally occupied the building, which was designed …

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A Pretty Perch

The Bird Nest Salon & Gallery

The Bird Nest is rightly named—not only because proprietor/stylist Steven Uccello’s last name is the Italian word for “bird,” but also because the Guilford salon/gallery/gift shop is composed of found objects.…

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Out of the Wood

Jeff Carter - The Westmount Group

Jeff Carter, owner and operator of the Westmount Group, a custom furniture shop in West Haven, has a sixth sense. Okay, not really, but Carter says his brain “sees systems and how they work. I can drive over a bridge …

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Looks Ahead

When designer fashion shop Raggs first opened in 1984, “people would pull over to buy a $200 sweater like they were buying milk,” quips owner Tom Maloney.

“Raggs” derives from a slang…

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