Unlocking New Milford: Discover the Charm of this New England Town

On the western border of CT and nestled in the Housatonic Valley, the town of New Milford is often termed the “Gateway to Litchfield County”. Incorporated in 1712, the area is rich in history and was the original home of the Paugusett Native Americans who fished on the Aspetuck and Housatonic rivers still popular today with both residents and visitors. The town was active during the American Revolution and became a business hub for industries including buttons, furniture, pottery lime and tobacco in the 19th and 20th centuries. New Milford is actually the largest town by area in the state at approximately 64 square miles and includes the communities of Merryall, Northville and Gaylordsville.

Today, the town has blossomed with a variety of unique restaurants, artisanal gourmet shops, specialty boutiques for adults and children, galleries and more… Most people think of New Milford as the place to go for the big box retailers, you know the store you want close but not too close. However, there are lots of special places in New Milford. Here is a sampling of the businesses I love to frequent.

Poached Pear Salad at Lucia's Restaurant

Whether it is authentic Italian cuisine, gourmet Paninis, organic farm to table fare or Thai exquisitely spiced food, New Milford offers a wide range of dining choices. Lucia Ristorante, which was featured in the New York Times, has exceptional dishes that feature homemade pastas including pappardelle, spaghetti and cavatelli. Chef and owner, Antonio Caldaria delivers unmatched flavor with his Gnocchi Piemontese with prosciutto, fresh peas and mushrooms in a pink champagne sauce. Tonio’s Panino is not your average sandwich shop with wonderful vegetarian, chicken and meatball parmesan paninis as well as an amazing caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato. Buon Appetito to all!

The Menu Board at Tonio's Panino

Farm Fresh Food at The Green Granary

If you lean towards organic fare, visit Epicuria located at the garden center ‘The Green Spot’. Epicuria has a variety of healthy salads and sandwiches as well as their renowned chocolate covered strawberry smoothie. You can eat al fresco in a sumptuous garden while the weather is warm. Epicuria is a gourmet take out and catering business as well. The Green Granary on Railroad St is an organic, non-gmo and sustainable café with a mission of farm to table food. Try their vegetarian, western or avocado omelettes, all made with organic eggs. Yum! They have outstanding chocolate chip cookies and this is my favorite food group! I am a chic chocolate chip cookie connoisseur (friends who know this send me cookies from all over the world). If you crave aromatic, exquisitely spiced food, don’t miss Thai Charm where they make a luxurious Tom Yum Goong soup and red, green and panang curries with your choice of chicken, beef, vegetable or shrimp.

Thai Charm Dinner with Aromatic Spices

There is much more to tempt your palette at the specialty food stores, cooking schools and premier caterers In New Milford. At Villarina’s pasta there are a host of homemade pastas and you can pick out Italian sauces such as porcini, puttanesca and walnut pesto to pair with them. The have great prepared garlic bread you just pop in the oven and wonderful frozen lasagnas. The Silo, as part of the Hunt Hill Farm offers a variety of cooking classes throughout the year. Upcoming is a Junior Bakers session on October 12th and ‘How to Make a Sublime Vegetarian Meal’ on October 16th. If you want to leave it to the experts and have your dinner party or event catered, Executive Cuisine has a full complement of dinners, hors d’oeuvres and succulent desserts. Sesame & wasabi crusted tuna skewers, garlicky lamb kebobs with tahini and lemon panna cotta with fresh fruit were recently served at interior designer’s event.

Villarina's Homemade Past Sauces

A Delectable Table from Executive Cuisine

An interesting array of boutiques for adults and children can be found in New Milford. Two delightful children’s toy stores, Nordica and Play, are definitely worth a visit and not just for birthday presents! Another great family activity is a visit to Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market which is held every Sunday through November 29th from 7 am to 2 pm. You can look at vintage clothing while the kids can check out the toy collectibles.

Games, Puzzles and More at Nordica Toy Store

A Wonderful Selection at Play Toy Store

Swank on Bank, a fashion boutique, located on Bank Street directly across from the movie theater, has one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry and accessories. , I love the super soft cotton tee shirts! After shopping, Joe’s Salon is a great place for a blow dry, color or cut. They were voted one of the top 200 salons in the US by Salon Today. They also have an excellent spa for facials and massages.

Chic Denim Vests at Swank on Bank

An Open, Airy Interior at Joe's Salon

Across the street from Joe’s Salon is the Harts Art Galley which recently opened and exhibits mixed media, paintings and photography. Their new show, entitled ‘She’s a Changeling ‘opens October 3rd. If you take a stroll around the corner, have a look at the newly renovated and restored United Bank building which is now called 19 Main. It will be a rental space for weddings and other events starting with an upcoming wine tasting.

Photography by Evan Abramson at Harts Gallery

The United Bank Building is now 19 Main

I am thrilled to ‘unlock’ some of the treasures in New Milford. Try them for yourself and let us know your thoughts in the comments box. All the businesses mentioned are linked to their websites so you can view directions and contact information.



Brendan O'Connell Art Installation at Emory University

Brendan O'Connell at The Matthews Group Office (photo courtesy of Mike Yanin)

Brendan O'Connell, whose work is currently being shown in our Washington Depot office, has recently finished a spectacular art installation at Emory University. You can view the time lapse of this project by clicking on the link here.

Brendan O'Connell and Pels Matthews (photo courtesty of Mike Yanin)

Brendan and Pels have a common connection as mentioned by the artist, "Pels and I both have coincidental history with Tucker, GA, where I grew up... His Grandfather had the famous roadside dive Matthews' cafeteria."

Abstract Paintings by Brendan O'Connell (photo courtesty of Mike Yanin)

The abstract work that graces the walls of the Matthews Group office evokes emotions with a combination of bold palettes and strong composition. These collections look impressive singly or in groups as featured above. It is an amazing opportunity to purchase paintings by this truly talented Ameican artist. Stop by the office during our open hours from 9 am to 5 pm or call 860-868-0511 for more information.

Painting by Brendan O'Connell

Brendan O’Connell is best known for his paintings of iconic brands and the aisles of Walmart. O’Connell infuses these modern day environments with a magical quality that transforms both shoppers and products into art. His artistic interpretation of the superstore had some in the media crowning him the “Warhol of Walmart’. Though the concept and subject matter is similar, Warhol put a literal focus on the brand as is seen in print advertisements. O’Connell, on the other hand, infuses his paintings with human warmth paying tribute to everyman and daily life.


A Trio of Brendan O'Connell Paintings on view at the Matthews Group Office (photo courtesty of Mike Yanin)

Brendan O'Connell has been featured in the New Yorker, Time Magazine, The Boston Globe as well as his work being reviewed in Art in America. Brendan also appeared on the quintessential Pop American show, Comedy Central’s, ‘The Colbert Report’. O’Connell’s work is collected by celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Darrell Crate, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and in 2012 he was honored with a Rubin Foundation Award.

For more information about the artist, Brendan O'Connell, please click here.


The Allure of Leitz Luxury Accessories

Exquisite Pink Leather Handbag

"It's not what you spend but how you wear it that counts. The key is often to dress up inexpensive basics with accessories. Something like a beautiful designer bag or belt can make everything else look richer and more luxurious."
Chloe Sevigny

Those words ring true for any of us lucky enough to have discovered the amazing leather collections of Washington-based husband and wife team Sherry and Eric Leitz. Their stunning pieces meld a little bit of rock n roll style with luxurious materials and design. As a team they started making by hand one-of-a-kind vintage studded belts and cuffs out of their NYC apartment. What started as a hobby has now turned into a full time business which they run out of their home in the country. Their current collections include handbags, wine carriers, bracelets, belts and other distinctive accessories for men, women and children.

The secret is out and this Friday and Saturday you can shop these collections at KMR Arts, 2 Titus Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794. This not to be missed 'Pop Up' Shop will take place Friday, August 28th 11 am- 5 pm and Saturday, August 29th, 11 am- 5 pm.

Eric and Sherry Leitz

Eric Leitz is an FIT Graduate who started his career with Giorgio Armani and went on to launch Ralph Lauren Purple Label Men's Clothing. He has dressed celebrities from the worlds of film, music and politics including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Whitney Houston as well as Presidents George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush among many others. Sherry Leitz explains that her role has been to "encourage, inspire and support my talented husband so his creativeness was able to flow and grow into this amazing leather business." Sherry brings her experience of being a custom clothier dressing high level executives in NYC to their company in addition to being a full time mother to their two beautiful children.

Leitz English Bridal Leather Wrap Bracelet available in double or triple wrap with gold or silver studs.

A Rich Selection of Colors can be found in the Handbag Collections

Oak bark tanned all natural English Bridal Leather Wine Totes in Single or Double Size. They are made to order and can be monogrammed with hot foil stamp.

Black bridal leather with gray interior and natural stitched handles

We asked Sherry what made the handbags so unique and beautiful:

"All of our handbags are completely made by hand using a single piece of leather by Eric here in Connecticut. We buy our hides from which the bags are made here in the U.S. All leather goods are dyed, painted, stained and saddle stitched by Erics own hands. They also can be personalized using real gold, copper or silver leaf foil."

Saddle Tan Custom Studded Handle Tote Bag with baby blue lining. Available in a variety of color combinations with gold or silver studs. 

I’m so happy to see Eric and Sherry using their vast retail experience towards launching their own brand. I have never seen another leather product like this that is truly HAND made, one at a time. I have several bags and absolutely love them. Just got the new pink one! Pels wears the bracelets and belts every day and we love to give the leather wine carriers as gifts.

Stop by on Friday or Saturday at KMR Arts to meet this talented couple and shop for your next fabulous accessory!

For more information, see below:

Instagram: LeitzLeather




Spectacular Designer Barn Sale In Roxbury, CT

1940's Green American Pottery

"The details are not the details. They make the design." This quote by Charles Eames resounds with all who love interior design. There will be exquisite details to add to your home including decorative objects, furniture, lighting and more at the Designer Barn Sale in Roxbury, CT. The event is next Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd From 9 am - 5 pm each day.

The Buccolic, Beautiful Setting for the Barn Sale

Renowned interior designer Glenn Gissler is doing the sale in collaboration with his long-time friend Tom Luciano – who co-founded the now well-known antique store Historical Materialism in NYC before moving to a fabulous storefront in Hudson for many years. Between these two design powerhouses, there many stunning pieces in the sale from seating, floor lamps and table lamps, artwork, cabinets, iron pieces, ceramics, tables, antique textiles and curiosities.

19th Century Gothic Starburst Hat Rack

As confirmed by the host Glenn Gissler, the large barn is full and the delightful design pieces are spilling onto the lawn. We have our eye on several of the items but here is a taste of what will be in the sale.

Chipped Wood Bureau

Cobalt Blue Drip Glaze Lamp

Mid-Century Spider-leg Oval Chairs

To see more images and for more details, visit Glenn Gissler's blog by clicking on the link here. While you are there, subscribe to this fascintaing design blog that is always inspiring, informative and fun! For directions to the barn sale, please view on Google Maps here.

We are thrilled to have know Glenn as a client and a friend many years and to have introduced him to the lovely home that he has transformed so beautifully.

A Lovely Property in Roxbury, CT




The Washington Green Fair has Fun, Food and Activities for All!

A Wagon Ride with Magnificent Percheron Horses

This Saturday, July 11th, the Green Fair returns to Washington, CT with activities for families and numerous booths of plants, home baked goods and vintage delights. The fair opens at 10 am and runs until 2 pm. There are plenty of parking spaces available next to the Washington Green (follow the signs) and the address for those using a GPS device is 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT.

Talented Local Musicians peforming at Last Year's Fair

Games that the Whole Family will Enjoy!

The doors to a gigantic tag sale open an hour earlier at 9 am. Here you will find vintage linens, hard to find board games, china and glassware as well as clothing and decorative onjects. The silent auction items has been generously donated by local residents and businesses and include hotel stays, restaurant and local merchant gift certificates and gift baskets, golf clubs and bag, landscaping services, fly fishing lessons and more... The thrilling live auction starts at 12:30 pm with guest auctioneer Bill Faribairn.

Exquisite sculpture donated by Paul Doherty and David Behnke will be in the Live Auction

If you need some great summer reads for the beach or by the lake, the book sale at the meeting house has fiction, gardening, cooking and a large selection of children's titles to choose and fill a box or bag.

Aisles and Aisles of Books!

Delicious Baked Goods of all Varieties.

For lunch there is an open-pit BBQ and pig roast as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, pork sandwiches, egg sandwiches, and more! The Green Fair will have wonderful activities and games for children including a bouncy house, dunk tank, face painting and hay rides. It is a perfect day to enjoy with the whole family.

For your interest, take a walk around the Washington Green Historic District which consists of a group of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century buildings on and near the Green in the Town of Washington, Connecticut. This includes the Gunnery School, which is next to the Green. The houses are made of wood, painted white, giving the district an overall Colonial/Colonial Revivial look. This Saturday, July 11th make the Green Fair and this historic area your family fun destination.



Waldingfield Farm's CSA Program enriches Washington Community


Listen to your mother- Eat your vegetables!

This is a reference to the well-known admonition from parents to children reluctant to eat healthy produce. If only those families had access to the delicious variety of vegetables from the certified organic Waldingfield Farm. Their extensive CSA program is a fantastic way for families and individuals to sample succulent produce throughout the season while also helping support organic farming in our community. Selections include Asian greens, beets, eggplant, cucumber, eggplant, collards, melons (to name a few) as well as their renowned heirloom tomatoes which are the favorite of chefs, elite restaurants and foodies in the Northeast.

It is also a very well run and reasonable CSA program with half shares at $450 (good for 2-3 people) and full shares at $650 (good for splits and families) It is $10 more if you purchase online. To read about the Waldingfield Farm CSA Program in more detail, click here.


The farm is a family run business with strong roots in the community. Our friends, Quincy Horan, is the head grower and responsible for all field management, crop planning and machinery while his brother Patrick Horan handles all marketing, sales and operations, as well as day to day farming duties.

Quincy, Patrick left to right    


We recently had a chance to talk with Patrick about Waldingfield Farm and our community:

What do you love about living in Washington, CT?

Our family has been in Washington since 1919 when our great grandfather, a NYC lawyer, bought the farm from a cousin as a place for his family to spend the summer and be in nature (and it was far closer than northeast Maine) What he loved most about Washington is what we love most about Washington namely its sense of community and the gorgeous rural character of the town.

The term organic is often used in discussions on healthy nutrition but how does being a certified organic vegetable farm help the soil/land?

The very fact that we apply no synthetic chemicals-like Roundup- in our land management means that our water table below our property (our land is the start of the Sprain Brook which feeds in the Shepaug River) is exceptionally clean. Also, by having zero chemical inputs we maintain and actually increase biodiversity on our land and within our community.

The CSA program is beloved by many Washington residents, what does the community aspect mean to you personally?

The relationship with our CSA members often starts as what it is, namely an investment in a program in return for great vegetables. But what happens is a unique bond between our investors and the farm, the connection to the source of the food often surprises the CSA members, and then the friendships start. The idea is that the impact investment, if you will, which is essentially what a CSA represents, is such a win win for the community, and in turn, for us.

Are there any plans to create more products like your delicious marinara sauce?

Currently we make two sauces, a crushed tomato line, as well as our Bloody Mary mix. In 2015, people should look for a salsa to be introduced in September.

What is your favorite recipe from the web site and why?

The fast and fresh heirloom tomato gazpacho is my favorite by far. It just tastes like summer.

Using a blender will make this soup easy to pull off in minutes. Good for two bowls of soup, or four smaller appetizer portions.
o 6 medium-large tomatoes, or equivalent
o 2 cloves garlic
o salt and pepper
o 2 bell peppers
o 1 avocado
o 1 dried out slice of bread (optional)

Put the two cloves of garlic in the blender and pulse just to break it up a bit. Cut the tomatoes into quarters or eighths and blend with the garlic until smooth (with bread if you are using it - it will thicken the soup). Add salt and pepper if you like, though the tomatoes may have enough flavor without it. Serve topped with fresh diced peppers and avocado.

To read more about the history of Waldingfield Farm and to see the extensive vegetable menu, please click here.


In Our Neighborhood: A Visit to Bantam, CT

The Bantam Cinema is Connecticut's oldest continuously operated movie house. Opened in 1927 as 'The Rivoli', it originally showed silent movies accompanied by a Wurlitzer organ. There were several owners since that time but in 1990 it was thoroughly modernized by Lisa Hedley who also co-founded the Mayflower Spa. She started the 'Meet the Filmaker' series in which writers, actors and directors (Mia Farrow, William Styron and Arthur Miller to name a few...) discussed their work with the audience. In 2007, Ms. Hedley sold the cinema to David Koch, Sidney Koch and Elizabeth Merz who continued the series and brought Daniel Day-Lewis, Rebecca Miller and Joan Rivers to the theater.

Coming this January are three unique films:The Imitation Game, a story of war hero Alan Turing who in 1952 is arrested on charges of indecent activity; Foxcatcher which stars Steve Carell and tells of the relationship between a multi-millionare and two wrestlers and lastly, A Most Violent Year which highlights a particularly bloody period in New York City. To read more about the Bantam Cinema and for movie times, click here.

Before or after your visit to the cinema, a great local BBQ is right next door. Woodie, the owner of Wood's Pit BBQ, learned his culinary skills and knowledge of Mexican dishes during a long excursion in and around Arizona. He made another journey to the South including the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida to learn the magic of authentic pit BBQ and how to create the secret 'dry rub' that is still used today. Woodie can be found in the kitchen every morning, six days a week to make sure the tradition of great cooking continues in the restaurant. Some of the local favorites include pulled pork, ribs and fajitas. The maragritas are definitely worth a try and are made frozen, up or on the rocks. To see more menu options, click here.

Another great place to visit in the town is the Bantam Bread Company. This is perfect place to purchase artisanal breads and rustic pastries made fresh every day. The shop also features many local products including honey, maple syrup, cheese, seasonal organic fruit and vegetables as well as the work of local artisans. They also carry a wonderful selection of imported and regional cheeses as well butters. You can also find unique jams and jellies, mustards, oils, vinegars, sauces, tea and coffee. For more details on what is in the store, please click here.

A must stop in Bantam is the Arethusa Farm Dairy Ice Cream store. All the delicious flavors are made locally on the farm with the milk from their own dairy herd. You can also buy a wide range of Arethusa cheeses to take home. Right next door is Al Tavolo, a gourmet bistro run by the owners of the Arethusa, which is the epitome of a farm to table restaurant. The roasted beef tenderloin with a farm fresh cheese crust or the roasted Amish chicken ballantine wrapped with rillette are just some of savory dinner choices on the menu. This is exquisite spot for a dinner with friends or a celebratory meal. See more Al Tavolo menu options by clicking here.

Make it your New Year's resolution to vist Bantam, CT, one of the most charming towns in Litchfield County!

Stacey' Holiday Gift Guide for Women

Remember to shop locally this holiday seadon at the wonderful stores in our neighborhood. I have found gifts with a touch of luxury, whimsy, comfort and chicness, which are perfect for your wife, sister, daughter, co-worker or friend.

For the woman who loves art, this glorious photograph by Sandi Fellman is a wonderful gift. The artist transforms singular flowers and insects into abstract studies of shape, color and form. Edition of 11 $3,500. (Frame:$400)

KMR Arts- 2 Titus Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-7533

Who would not love these luxe clutches from Lambertson Truex? Perfect as a makeup bag or evening accessory, they are available in black, teal, camel and leopard or camel python. $225

Privet House -13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800

All that glitters with geodes and crystals will delight the woman who loves statement necklaces and accessories.
Raw pyrite and crystal necklaces $148- $188;
The Geode Slab, slicked agate on geode cheese board with a silver rim. $350

J. Seitz & Co. -9 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-0119

You can choose a unique scent that she will love; lemongrass & ginger or orange blossom & grapefruit are two of my favorites. $42 to $48
Huntington & Hope- 2 Green Hill Rd- Washington Depot- 860-868-2424

Shower her in fresh water pearls! Here is a delightful selection of necklaces, bracelets and chokers from DK Schulman. Lariat Necklace $390; Bracelet $300; Choker $250
D.K. Schulman- 15 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-4300

These Giraffe at Home blankets are sooo soft and warm. They come in baby to twin size. $99- $279

Best Monogram Fine Linens & Gifts- 1 Titus Road, Washington Depot - (860) 868-7707

If she loves to sit in front of a roaring fire with her favorite book, here is a selection of the best on interior design, travel and photography.
Robert Couturier 'Designing Paradises' by Robert Couturier $60;100 Places in France Every Women Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis $19.95;
Chasing Beauty in the Litchfield Hills by Lesley Meyer $35
Hickory Stick Bookshop - 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-0525

Keep her warm and looking stylish in these lovely cashmere and lamb's wool gloves and scarves. Scarves from $75 to $278; Gloves from $45 to $95
J.McLaughlin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot- 203-557-9275

Love these Simon Pearce pitchers myself and I sure she will too! The Irish-born designer makes the most unique glassware and is carried locally in New Preston. $130- $150
New Preston Kitchen GoodsNew Preston- 11 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-1264

She might not buy cashmere lounge wear for herself but you could! Here is a luxurious jacket and pants for her to wear around town or while she travels.

Jacket $428; Pant $378
Nusport - Green Hill Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-3776

For the woman who loves a touch of green, here are some selections from Pergola: 
Handblown green glass vases with bulbs, for forcing paper whites $24; Mountain pine zinc lined tray $165; 

John Derian green lacquered wood tray. $495

Pergola - 7 East. Shore Road, New Preston. 860-868-4769

These pretty eucalyptus stoneware baskets are ideal gifts for the chic hostess who likes to keep her bread and fruit looking good! From $39.95 - $49.95
The Pantry- 5 Titus Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-0258

Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide for Men

You're making your list, and checking it twice; gonna find out if he's naughty OR nice. I wanted to select some great local holiday gift ideas for all the men in your life whether they have been naughty or not. Here you will find my twelve fun ideas for the perfect gift for your husband, son, brother or friend. Best of all, they come from wonderful local stores with on-site owners who bring innovative product offerings to our area every holiday season


Men who like performance cars will LOVE the ultimate performance Bixby Bicycle from Shinola. The Bixby is Shinola's "cruiser" bike with a Shimano 3-speed internal hub. The American-made steel frame and fork are designed for comfort, utility and smooth riding, in dry or wet conditions. Style, Smooth and. Efficient; the Bixby has it all. $1,950.

Privet House 13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800


For the avid reader, here are three book choices that run the gamut from humorous memories, salacious storytelling and intrigue. Give to your husband or boyfriend or husband to bring on vacation or read by the fireplace at home: Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells by Graydon Carter features the best of early Vanity Fair. $29.95; So Anyway by John Cleese. This hilarious biography, from the Englishman who brought us Monty Python, is a must-read. $28.00;The Map Thief by Michael Blanding is the gripping story of an esteemed rare map dealer. $27.50. The Hickory Stick Bookshop - 2 Green Hill Road, Washington- 860-868-0525


Bon Voyage! Travel in the ultimate style with these silk and leather toiletry cases in a variety of patterns. Perfect for trips to Palm Beach or Palm Springs and all the places in between. $68. J. McLaughlin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington- 203-557-9275


Get Buggy with it. For the Outdoor enthusiast, the 'Cicadas' are framed specimens by Christopher Marley. There are four different specimens, one for each season- spring,summer, fall, winter- and they are prices at $275 each. Pergola. 7 East. Shore Road, New Preston. 860-868-4769



Cheers!For the bon vivant and wine enthusiast, what could be better than this chic, rustic Nantucket Wine Bucket in wicker with a plastic liner $98. New Preston Kitchen Goods - 11 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-1264


Got wood? If you guy is an antique lover or a furniture geek, this ultimate reference book will make him deliriously happy! The Furniture Bible celebrates Christophe Pourny's two decades of experience as a master furniture restorer. $35. The natural furniture tonics from Christophe Pourny are a love potion for all things wood. Made in Brooklyn.Tonic $20 Reviver $22 Privet House 13 East Shore Road, New Preston 860.868.1800




Baby it's cold outside. Keep him warm and stylish this season, this Orange Primaloft Men's Coat at J. Seitz is the perfect 'husband present and a great buy at $148. J. Seitz & Co - 9 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-0119




Here is gift that will be a welcome sweet treat for a holiday host, male coworker or friend. These unique Toffee boxes from Sweeets come in milk, dark or white chocolate, all of which coat almond squares. $19 Sweeets - 13 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-3388






Master Chef. Do you have a guy in the family who won't get out of the kitchen? These cutting boards are made exclusively for Privet House to our specifications by a family-owned and operated lumber mill located in the rolling hills of Litchfield County in Connecticut. Wood grain and color will vary slightly due to the reclaimed nature of the wood. .Assorted Sizes Made in America $95 - $175. Privet House. 13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800


If the man in your life has a passion for art, this photograph by Kim Keever is a lush gorgeous landscape. Thisunique artist creates an enormous aquarium by arranging objects and materials (branches, moss, plants, etc.) to create fantastical topographies.Edition of six, price upon requestKMR Arts - 2 Titus Road, Washington- 860-868-7533




I love these classic, preppy and country chic style selections from J. McLauglin. You can find the perfect belt for your man from these choices of canvas embroidered or leather belts ranging from $58 to $95. J. McLauglhin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington- 203-557-9275


Baby, what time is it? Men will love the Shinola Runwell Chronograph 41mm, which is the only chronograph watch that tracks the return of American watchmaking with split second precision.$750. Privet House - 13 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860.868.1800