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This cheese shop really
takes the cake.

Yeah, I know. That’s kind of mixing metaphors. But it’s true. The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook really is in a class all by itself, and that’s because Owner Paul Partica is a professional cheesemonger — a word the Brits use to describe someone who buys and sells cheese for a living, which is precisely what Paul has been doing for half a century. And he’s also schooled a few cheesmongers along the way, training some 40 new cheese shop owners for some 40 new cheese shops, when he worked for a very successful national franchise. Well, now he’s the Big Cheese, and not surprisingly, he’s made it his business to stock his cheese shop with what may well be the finest selection of cheese in Connecticut. Indeed, his inventory of cheeses leaves you saying “Cheese, that’s a lotta cheese” — because it is, including artisanal cheeses from all over the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Denmark, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Norway, as well as some wonderful domestic cheeses. Of course, that’s not the only reason this cheese shop is so popular. It’s popular because it’s a relaxed sort of place — and a place where a delightful variety of charcuterie, handmade pastas, local breads, coffees, fruits, olive oils, condiments, chocolates, and gelatos make stopping in and stocking up more like an adventure than an errand. But then you really need to go see for yourself. After all, the proof is (sorry!) in the pudding.— J.H.
The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook
33 Main St., Centerbrook
860-767-8500
www.CheeseCT.com


Where to Find Original Fine Art
Susan Powell Fine Art is a welcoming gallery. Both the casual observer “just looking,” as well as the experienced collector, can feel at home here. Susan has an impressive 35-year reputation for helping to create unique collections to match the needs and means of any client. Representing 40 award-winning artists, Susan nurtures emerging artists alongside established artists. The gallery has exhibitions that change every four to six weeks, with lively opening receptions to meet the artists. The shows are unique to the region and include landscapes, seascapes, marines, New York City scenes, still lifes, florals, Figurative and Abstract paintings. The gallery offers an abundance of choices — indeed, it has the distinction of being voted “Best Gallery to Buy Art” by the Shoreline Times. Come in and see why, and hopefully you’ll find something you can’t resist! It’s the place to go for superb exhibitions of well-known, established artists, to discover new up-and-coming artists, and to enjoy and appreciate truly fine art. — J.H.
Susan Powell Fine Art
679 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-318-0616
www.susanpowellfineart.com



Ahhhh, summer.
That time of year when those who love their gardens suddenly awaken from winter and become compelled to plant them, tend them, and expand them a few inches at a time, a few feet at a time — or by the whole yard (pun intended). So when the urge to don those gardening gloves, gather those gardening tools, and get started hits, start with Riggio’s Garden Center in Essex. There, an expansive selection of shrubs and trees, perennials, annuals, and ground cover will ensure a display of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, and ground cover so luscious that it will make the neighbors turn…well, green with envy. And because even the most accomplished gardener can use a tip now and then or a hand now and then, Riggio’s is happy to share it’s own home-grown staff of knowledgeable gardening experts with everyone — making it more than your average point-of-sale gardening center. Fact is Riggio’s is your personal gardening consultant. And don’t forget that Riggio’s is also the place to shop for gardening supplies, planters, and statuary, as well as that special bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers at the Essex Flower Shoppe, their in-house floral specialists. — J.H.
Riggio’s Garden Center
Essex Flower Shoppe
136 Westbrook Rd., Essex
860-767-0126
www.riggiosgardencenter.com



Sometimes, the grass really is greener.
Especially if it’s on the other side of the fence — where DeMar’s Landscaping and their partner, Connecticut Irrigation, have been busy. But don’t be jealous, because you can have a DeMar’s yard, too. Starting from scratch? DeMar’s will provide not only a stunning landscape design but quality topsoil, expert seeding, installation of all trees and shrubs, and both the fertilization program and irrigation system capable of ensuring optimal growth, health, and beauty. Got a well-established yard that just needs better care? Not to worry. DeMar’s is pleased to jump in with whatever thatching, top seeding, new plantings, pruning, mowing, and fertilizing is called for, as well as the irrigation system essential for everything to flourish. Need pavers or a retaining wall? No problem. And here are two more advantages to having a DeMar’s yard: As summer wanes, they are ready to handle all your fall leaf and winter snow removal handily. So! Want to be green with envy — or “the other side of that fence,” where the grass (and everything else) really is greener? Yup. Thought so. Give DeMar’s a call. — J.H.
DeMar's Landscaping, LLC
Connecticut Irrigation
454 E. Main St., Branford
203-483-5252
www.demarslandscapingct.com

www.connecticutirrigationllc.com



 


 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 


Putting the “Din”
in Dinner

There’s only one place we know of where you are guaranteed actual sizzle with your meal, and that’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Fact is, Ruth’s Chris Steak House learned a long time ago that broiling the finest cuts of beef to perfection, topping them with a buttery mix of freshly chopped parsley, then serving them on a 500-degree plate so customers can actually hear the savory flavor isn’t simply the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. It’s the shortest route. And when they discovered that they could make chicken and chops and seafood deafeningly delectable, it sort of lit a fire under them — and before you knew it, Ruth’s became an international favorite. The good news is there’s one close by in Newington. Where? Just follow your ears. — J.H.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Tpke., Newington
860-666-2202
ruthschris.com

Sea for Yourself
Located just above the borough of Fenwick, Saybrook Point sits at the mouth of the Connecticut River, its vistas of Long Island Sound, historic Saybrook Breakwater Light House, and the river itself splendid — the endless parade of fishing and recreational vessels in every shape and size mesmerizing. So it’s no wonder Saybrook Point Resort & Marina is one of the best seats in the house for those who love the smell of salt air, the cool touch of a sea breeze on a warm summer afternoon, the sounds of sails luffing when the tide is slack and the air still, the muffled hum of inboards and outboards, and the sound of halyards clanging on the sloops and catboats and daysailers docked nearby. If all of that isn’t enough, this luxurious resort also offers exceptional spa services at Sanno Spa. Superb dining at Fresh Salt or lighter fare in the Marina Bar — both with menus featuring locally sourced, seasonally fresh ingredients and tables with stunning views. The Inn features stylish accommodations, from cozy rooms to impressively spacious suites, with close proximity to a host of other shoreline attractions you can enjoy right away — or save for your next visit. Or the one after that. Because once you’ve discovered Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, you’ll be back. — J.H.
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook
800-243-0212
saybrook.com


It's a Shore Thing

Whether you’re buying, selling, or leasing, positive outcomes always begin with the right realtor. Someone who knows how to match needs and wants to neighborhoods and schools…shopping, dining and entertainment…healthcare…banking…and — especially here at The Shoreline — to beaches, lakes, marinas, and those amazing spots along the coast where the sun actually sets over the water. Someone skilled at pricing and positioning a home for sale — and equally clever at finding the “finds” house hunters crave. And someone with both the financial and negotiating savvy to ensure optimal value and timely turnaround for buyers and sellers alike. Well, here on The Shoreline, that “someone” is Robin Keegan. A founding member of The Shoreline Homes Team at William Raveis, Robin has over 10 years of highly successful real estate experience, a bag full of prestigious awards, an active bond with the shoreline community she calls home, a keen faith — and a tendency to see her commitment to the clients she serves progress into genuine friendships. Fact is, Robin’s the real deal. And since one real deal has a way of leading to another real deal, starting your real estate adventure with Robin is indeed a shore thing. — J.H.
Robin Keegan,
The Shoreline Homes Team
William Raveis
709 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-500-2212
www.shorelinehomesct.com

 






 

 

 

 

 

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