The Hills at Hand survival guide

Fashion, home, garden and gifts, style abounds


Bantam Tileworks

Handcrafted tiles in astonishing color palettes. Rethink your bathroom, make over a table, maybe take up the game of chess — they create cool boards.

816 Bantam Road

Sportmen’s of Litchfield

One of the best places around for athletic equipment, gear, apparel, and footwear. Longtime family-run business.

725 Bantam Road

(Route 202)


The Housatonic Trading Company

This wonderful art and antiques shop is located in the former home of the Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center. They carry an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage pieces, repurposed pieces made from reclaimed materials, furniture and new pieces as well. From kitchenware to occasional tables and chairs, to decorative accessories, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from. They are also planning on carrying some hand-crafted gift items by local artisans and painted objects too. The owners are designing their own line of furniture and accessory pieces, which will be sold in the store in the future. Check out the coffee bar in the rear of the store. You won’t want to leave.
920 Bantam Road

Veronica Martin Gallery

Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.

Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 866-8169


Michael Trapp

Michael Trapp is a dealer in antiques and architectural fragments. His shop is amazing. He also offers interior and garden design services. The shop is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm. To visit at other times, call to make an appointment. Not to be missed.
7 River Road
West Cornwall

The Wish House

An eclectic array of house wares, apparel and children’s gifts. There’s a gallery of local artists’ work in the back and a greenmarket on the lawn in summer.

Falls Village (Canaan)

Falls Village Flower Farm

This well-established farm sells only plants that can survive in Zone 5. They can help you plan your garden also.


B. Johnstone & Co.

Upscale apparel and thoughtfully curated vintage collectibles. If you’re in the market for a deco cocktail shaker or designer label, you’re likely to find it here.

4 North Main Street
(860) 927-1272

Backcountry Outfitters

This is the place to shop for outdoor gear. The staff is very knowledgeable. They know the trails, too.

H.A. Dunne & Co.

Impressive collection of black and white vintage photographs of New York City, mostly from between 1880 and 1950. As well, antique maps, advertising posters and crate labels and other ephemera. And tasteful frames to boot.

Heron American Craft Gallery

Specializing in artisan-made ceramics, glass and jewelry, there’s also a nice selection of clothing.

House of Books

We like this bookstore for its casual atmosphere. Always interesting displays of books that catch your eye, and help you discover a book you hadn’t heard of. Nice CD music section too.

Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers

Simply beautiful, expertly crafted Shaker furniture.

Kent Greenhouse and Gardens

We can’t drive past this nursery without being compelled to stop. One can never have too many hostas! From landscaping trees to flowering shrubs, green inspiration surrounds.

R.T. Facts

Unusual and beautiful architectural pieces and furniture can be found at this fascinating store. We were once tempted to purchase an old fun house mirror, if that gives any indication of the surprising relics turned objet d’art you might discover here.

Sundog Shoes

The best shoe store in the NW Corner, this shop carries stylish yet comfortable shoes for men and women.


Gorgeous clothing, jewelry and housewares, this is one of our favorites. You won’t be able to leave empty-handed!

Three Monkeys and Me

This is a great children’s shop in Kent, which specializes in contemporary clothing, gifts and toys. Their clothing runs from newborn to size 14 (‘tween) for girls, and newborn to size 8 for boys. In the toy annex, they offer a fabulous selection of toys, from Lego to MagnaTiles to Faber-Castell art supplies. The space is wonderful, too.
7 Fulling Lane

Lakeville (Salisbury)

Lakeville Interiors

A decorating and retail business run by two talented sisters, Ashley Merz Marchand and Courtney Merz Saulnier, this decorating emporium is known for its customized products and wide-ranging, inspired design services. Their lovely 10,000 square-foot store, showroom, and workroom is located on Holley Street, a small street just off of Route 44, also known as Main Street (or Millerton Road) in Lakeville. Hidden from view off the main thoroughfare, it is well worth the detour. See our article HERE.
Personal consultations and home visitations are available. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for completion of window treatments, pillows, bedding — basically everything except furniture that can be made in the Lakeville Interiors workroom. It takes 8 to 10 weeks for new, upholstered pieces to arrive. Areas served: Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

Lakeville Interiors
7 Holley Street
Lakeville, CT 06039

Old Farm Nursery

A phenomenal set up and business; well worth a visit to look at Judy and Pat Murphy’s stunning gardens surrounding their house (yes, visitors are invited to walk the property). But this, mostly, is a serious nursery specializing in landscape design and installation. A huge variety of trees, shrubs and perennials make this farm indispensable to the area.


This is a popular place, well loved for its imports from around the globe.

Peter Becks Village Store

Even if you aren’t a fisherman, boater, or swimmer, there’s something for you at this outdoor apparel store. Hikers stop by for all kinds of camping and backpacking gear.


This shop carries high-quality pet food and pet paraphernalia.



Kitchenworks & Gourmet Gifts

This wonderful kitchen shop carries all the top quality cookware, linens, serving pieces and gadgets.

Nice selection of cookbooks, too.

Litchfield County Auctions

Auctions are held five times a year, and the bidding is done on line. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

Litchfield Pet Supply

Everything you could possibly need for your well-cared for dog or cat.


Bold colors and graphic patterns are the stars here. From understated furniture to hand painted accessories, photography books, and jewelry. Plenty to take in.

R. Derwin Clothiers

For more than 25 years, R Derwin Clothiers has been one of the most stylish shopping destinations in Litchfield County. Derwin’s defines a chic, timeless look that blends country and city sophistication, specializing in the finest Scottish and Italian cashmere. Both stores (men’s and women’s) also offer European sportswear and a broad selection of American-made clothing and accessories. The service is exceptional and the setting is friendly and relaxed.

The Ladies Store
43 West Street
The Men’s Store
33 West Street

White Flower Farm

Retail store of the drool-worthy catalog. Exquisite grounds transport you into a world of tranquility and botanical inspiration, perhaps with a wheelbarrow of envy.

New Milford

Bank Street Book Nook

A small shop with varied and interesting selection of books.  It’s hard to leave without buying one of their nifty gift items.

Berkshire Lighting Gallery

Lighting products, lamp repairs, and great service at this family-run business.

Bike Express

We found a great selection of bicycles and gear at this little bike shop. Nice, friendly staff, too. And they do repairs.

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market

Sundays since 1976 (April–November), this verdant field is given over to dealers hawking everything from vintage tchotchkes and house plants to cottage furniture, military memorabilia and old signs. So basically, a little of everything. Get their morning-mist early, fill your thermos and begin your rummage. There’s no such thing as junk at the Trunk!


Retro toys that take you back to your childhood. Fun books, gadgets, and jokey stuff. Not only for kids. We like it too!

Spruce Home & Garden

A lifestyle store with lovely offerings, Spruce carries unique furniture, accessories, garden items, and table settings. Garnishing from local artisans, every item makes a statement. Did we mention how much we like their candles, lotions, soaps, and shampoos from Archipelago and Olivina?

The Silo Store

In addition to their cooking classes/workshops with well-known chefs and food writers, The Silo has a well-stocked shop that carries an array of serving dishes, cookware, kitchen must-haves, beautifully turned wooden bowls by local artists and other handmade gift items worth checking out. Support your local artists!

New Preston

Plain Goods

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry recently opened this great shop and they filled it with things they love—clothes, accessories, textiles, and leather goods. They have gathered personally-selected antiques from around the globe and combined them with several lifestyle brands that embody a simple, well-made aesthetic, including Makie, Himalayan Cashmere, Aesop, and Smythson, just to name a few. Tasteful items are arranged in stacks on tables and shelves, and everywhere you look you will find things with pure lines—handcrafted pieces, well-worn rugs, furniture, and collectibles. They even carry a great line of baby items, and spices from March Pantry that are packaged in beautiful blue glass jars. They also offer textiles and design services. Open Thursday to Sunday11:00 am – 5:30 pm or by appointment.

Plain Goods
1 New Preston Hill Road
New Preston

New Preston (Washington)

D. K. Schulman Design

This shop is a great resource for parties and special events. Beautiful array of gift wrap papers, ribbons, cards and gifts. They make gorgeous custom invitations and stationery. They also carry a tasteful collection of home decor accessories, purses, tableware, and more. We love their doggy beds.

Dawn Hill Antiques

An essential source of reference and inspiration for Swedish antiques and French furniture in original condition. The bright shop carries pleasingly patinaed garden appointments, as well.

J. Seitz & Company

This is the best clothing and home decor store around! Hands down. Fabulous clothing and jewelry, great books, gorgeous bedding, and sumptuous furniture downstairs. Lovely accessories and even great shoes. We can’t get enough of it.

New Preston Kitchen Goods

Tasteful and well-designed, this shop carries everything for the home cook. Gadgets, essentials, and decorative items, you don’t need to go anywhere else.

11 East Shore Road


This is one of our favorite shops. Plants, planters, weathered pots artfully arranged amidst botanical books and prints. Sigh. If you are drawn to natural themes and curiosities, you will be in heaven. Gathering their collections from local artisans as well as  antique sources from around the world, Peter and David sure know how to present things in a new light. We are so lucky to live close by. A highly sensual shopping experience for home & garden.

Privet House

An emporium of the extraordinary brought to you Suzanne Cassano and Richard Lambertson. The swell duo offer a plethora of beautifully merchandised objects for the home, found abroad and locally. Not to be missed!

13 East Shore Road
New Preston

Rain Soaps

When you walk into this lovely soap shop, all of your senses are affected, from the gorgeous packaging to the subtle fragrances of the all-natural products. All of Rain Soaps bars are 250 grams and are hand-made in a small town in France by a family-run business, using the triple milling process. This means that the soap base is passed through a mill three times, resulting in a very dense, high quality bar that lasts a long time. Only pure, natural plant-based ingredients are used and the results are quality, beautifully scented soaps. A necessary luxury!
2 Wheaton Road,
at Rte 202


Joseph Stannard Antiques

Impeccable French Country imports and a “savvy classic” line from the owner/artist himself.


At Home In The Country

Delightful linens, jewelry, plates and platters. A great place to find the perfect gift.



Darren Winston Books and Prints

The namesake bookseller has an eye for treasures, making the hunt for eclectic ephemera effortless but no less fun.



Cricket Hill Garden

It’s all about the peony — the variety here will take your breath away.


Grape in the Shade

This vintage shop is everybody’s favorite. It’s a fashion lover’s paradise. No wonder it has been named “The Best Vintage Shop in Connecticut” by Connecticut magazine 2 years in a row. Even if you don’t usually wear vintage jewelry or clothes, you’ll be surprised at the wide selection of styles and sizes, and prices to choose from. Some items are instantly recognizable as vintage and others aren’t. You’ll find dresses that are perfect for a special occasion, earrings for every day, or a hat for that Mad Men party. Owner JoAnna Lombardi has everything from vintage jewelry, hats, glasses, purses, shoes, to clothes. Even the music playing in the background is great.

3 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot

Green Hill Home & Garden

Lovely skin care products, clothes, accessories, and to-die-for home decor and gift items. Conveniently located in the depot.


Hickory Stick Bookshop

The best book store in the NW corner! We love it. With their friendly and helpful staff,  well-stocked shelves, terrific cookbook section, and an extensive children’s book section, it’s where we like to hang out. Check their events calendar for book signings.

Huntington & Hope

Tastefully selected one-of-a-kind objects for the house or garden, as well as whimsical curiosities. Deborah, the owner of this fabulous shop, makes several buying trips to England and France. They ship worldwide.

Leitz Leather Goods

Sherry and Eric Leitz have created a fabulous collection of leather luxury goods—from handbags and belts to wine totes and jewelry—that are handcrafted with bridal leather, dyed and stained, and saddle-stitched by Eric. Custom orders can be taken by selecting an interior color, an exterior color, the style of the rivets, and more. Handbags come in 3 main sizes: weekender, mini-tote, and the work bag, but any size can be custom-made and ordered in a wide range of colors. Did we mention that they also make iPad and iPhone cases?
If you try to support local artisans and businesses, and you care that the products you purchase are handcrafted in America; if you value attention to detail and craftsmanship, originality and functionality, look no further than Leitz Leather Goods. See our article HERE.

To place an order or to contact Sherry for a private appointment in their workshop:
Instagram: @LeitzLeather

Washington Supply Company

All the usual stuff for the home, plus outdoor furniture, gardening products, and an arts supply section. We love it!


Farm Fresh Home

From recycled industrial objects, refurbished furniture, and beautiful plates and glasses, as well as new, environmentally friendly, and local. Takes a bit of time to really see everything.

107 Main Street North (Route 6)

Green Acres Agway

Adirondack chairs, garden supplies and pet food, all in one place.

Maison St. Germain

Woodbury may be known as the Antiques Capital of Connecticut—with its plethora of  great antiques shops specializing from French Canadian to 20th Century Modern—but one of our favorites is this unassuming and delightful vintage shop. It hosts an explosion of colors, shapes, and textures. You won’t walk away empty-handed once you peruse the space bursting with all things vintage— from painted furniture, art, clothing, kitchen items, jewelry, and home accessories, all at affordable prices. The mother/daughter team who run it are just as dynamic and creative. Not to be missed!

Middle Quarter Mall
738 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT 06798

Monique Shay Antiques

For French Canadian antiques, this is the place to go. Six barns full of quality tables, armoires, cupboards and accessories.

920 Main Street South

The Golden Button

This Arts & Crafts Studio offers all sorts of classes and workshops to children and adults, such as painting, sewing, felting, crochet, and even healthy cooking. Many of their wonderful local artists teach the classes. The retail shop is full of beautiful handmade one of a kind pieces, where over 40 area artists sell their hand crafted wares. Kate Gorham, the owner—and an artist herself— has always supported local crafts people. Kate believes in “The Hand-Made Pledge” that states that you try to buy items that are hand-made or made in the United States whenever possible. “I opened this store to sell my own items but when the idea materialized I realized this is a great opportunity to develop an artist community.” The Golden Button’s focus is on inventory that is environmentally friendly, and uses recycled materials, including pottery, jewelry, soaps and lotions, knitted items, printed items, sewn items… as well as yarn, fibers and  different supplies for crafting and creating your favorite projects. Birthday Parties, Arts and Craft Showers, Bachelorette Parties and private seasonal parties can also be held there.

122 South Pomperaug Avenue