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To the question, “Why witches?,” Virginia Semeghini answers, “Why not?” Witch Bitch Thrift, a secondhand apparel and “witchy” supply shop downtown, was the brainchild of Semeghini, who says the name, reflective of her spiritual practices, came to her right …

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Shoes to Fill


Squeezed into the heel of Branford’s main drag, a narrow, old-timey storefront has quietly become a landmark. Branford Shoe Repair, the words painted by hand across the front window, has operated here for 48 years.

After all that time, proprietor …

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Coify Klatch


Mark “Ferni” Fernicola, the house barber at Lucky Soul Tattoo in Woodbridge, is part of a small diaspora of Fernicola barbers in Greater New Haven. His cousins cut hair in Wallingford and North Haven. All three learned the trade …

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Good As New


For years, Jamie Dawn had thought about opening a consignment shop—something to do after retiring from her career as a real estate agent. But data showing a surge in secondhand shopping convinced her to take the plunge sooner than later. …

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Home Addition

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Vintanthro Modern & Vintage has been a Westville staple since 2018, selling well-preserved dresses, belts, suits, boots. But there wasn’t a lot of room to carry the things that dress up homes: tables, chairs, lamps, kitchenware and more, with the …

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Shopping List


Feeling the pressure to pull a great Halloween costume together? We scouted some local shops to help lighten the load.

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At Fashionista Vintage and Variety, “It’s always been our biggest time of year—our Christmas,” co-owner Todd …

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Test of Time


Vintanthro Modern & Vintage would be like a time capsule—if a time capsule could be continually refreshed and updated. …

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Shirt Tales


Closed for good earlier this year, a cozy clothing shop on the corner of Elm and York Streets was the last local vestige of a once-mighty local company. …

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Tea Time


Striped bedsheets from home and a printed fabric from Goodwill were all Terone “Tea” Montgomery needed to create the look. …

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Floral Support


Outside, crocuses are pushing up to meet the sun. Inside, at Any Occasion Creation florist shop on Howe Street, more colorful blooms are being prepared to brighten the day. …

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