Ready, Set, Shop

You’re in luck! Whether you’re a bargain hunter or an impulse buyer, whether you prefer shopping at small, family-owned establishments or upscale national brands, Stamford has something for you. Begin with the Stamford Town Center, our mall, an easy, one-stop destination where you can locate some of the same upscale brands you’d find at any main street or avenue nearby: J.Crew, Michael Kors, Apple, Williams Sonoma, Zara, Pottery Barn, Johnston & Murphy and Sidney Thomas, among many others. Here you can go upstairs to the food court for a quick nosh, or enjoy a fine dining experience, from brunch to late-night snacks at some of the eateries on-site: The Capital Grille, Kona Grill, Plan B Burger, to name a few. You can even make a day of it by catching a movie at the Bow Tie Landmark theater. Plenty to explore and discover here, but there’s more spread around the city that make this a shopping mecca. A few places to consider for your shopping list follow.

Home, Sweet Home

United House Wrecking is where New York City interior designers go to find that one-of-a-kind sofa, wishing well, nine-foot bust of Aphrodite or that item that you didn’t even know existed until you saw it there. Get your design solutions at the innovative Design Within Reach. Need more retail therapy? Juliska, which sits in the middle of Stamford’s renowned Antiques District, the sprawling destination for all home design buffs and interior designers in FC, will set you swooning with exquisite dinnerware, glassware and tabletop items. Plus, the cappuccino at the café is worth a visit. And don’t forget to pop across the parking lot to the Juliska Factory Outlet (the former Barry & Fred) for overstock and discounted merchandise. Of course, when the need arises to upgrade electronics and appliances, you can’t go wrong at County TV and Appliances for service, prices and more of that hard-to-find, family-owned personal touch. Also: Waterside Design District

Baubles ‘n Bling

Stamford jewelers tend to be longtime, family-owned places that take pride in the personal touch. Consider Nagi next time you need a special gift. Its stock includes such names as Marco Bicego, David Yurman and Robert Coin, as well as Breitling and Longines, to name just a few. The shop also carries estate and bridal jewelry. What you’ll see displayed at Russ Hollander Master Goldsmith are the jeweler’s own designs. Need something cleaned, repaired or repurposed? Russ is your guy. For estate jewelry, head to Peter Suchy Jewelers, where arguably, you’ll find the largest collection around, representing just about every period. If you’re lucky, Peter will help you, and regale you with background and colorful anecdotes related to every piece he shows you. Also: the sister-owned-and-managed Heart of Gold.

Fashion Finds

Chic Jack’s NYC Vintage Clothing

Hope Chest Consignment Shop is where you go when you’ve got Saks Fifth Avenue taste on a Target budget. You can sell and buy your clothes there, and Pat and Cheryl will hook you up with new or gently used stylish threads at amazing prices. Take a step back in time at Chic Jack’s NYC Vintage Clothing, which carries one-of-a-kind glamour from the 1920s through the 1990s. You may even be able to reclaim that old Huk-a-poo disco shirt! Locals will tell you to head to Fox’s for designer-on-a-dime finds, while Havana Jeans can polish up your look for the here-and-now. One Stamford institution not to be overlooked is Lord & Taylor. Trust us: This is not your grandma’s L&T, as it recently underwent a massive renovation that included a merchandising overhaul. Ask for a personal shopper to help you navigate the three levels. Fitness fans rejoice! You can get personalized service—and gear—at Fleet Feet Sports and Six:02.

Cheap Reads

We love to read, as we imagine you do, too. You’ll be happy to know that aside from Barnes & Noble (at the mall), the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore at the Ferguson Library’s main and Harry Bennett branches is the largest of-its-kind book, CD and DVD/Blu-ray shop in lower Fairfield County. (You can donate your unwanted tomes there as well.) Also, a shout-out to the free-book exchange at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.