Modern Mecca

Good news for Greenwich modernists: The German kitchen-cabinet manufacturer, LEICHT, has just opened its newest showroom. The space exudes a cool contemporary vibe and features the line’s full range of custom offerings. There are nine finishes to choose from, including lacquers, laminates, concrete, wood veneers, acrylics and glass, as well as a variety of sleek extras (self-closing doors and drawers, low-voltage under-cabinet LED lighting, clever corner solutions and panels that hide every appliance imaginable).

For those who are afraid to go completely modern, there is a transitional line that features Shaker-style hardware and finishes that have a slightly more traditional edge. “The timing for Greenwich is perfect,” says Ohad Berebi, who opened the first of his twelve Leicht showrooms in 2010, along with his business partner, Mayan Metzler. “When we opened in Westchester in 2012, the big question was, ‘Would people like more contemporary and modern kitchens?’ The answer was yes. The modern kitchen is here.”

Customers can work with their own decorator or one of the showroom’s in-house designers—or even Berebi himself, who is involved with every aspect of the business. “I go from greeting customers at the door to drinking a glass of wine with them in their finished kitchens,” he says.

Leicht also offers the Nobilia line of kitchen cabinets, which is available at about half the price. The only difference, says Berebi, is “it’s not full custom and has fewer finish options. It’s a very economical option.” 11 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich; 203-340-9933; leichtgreenwich.com


KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
Ohad Berebi weighs in on what’s hot in kitchens today

The Digital Age
“People like bells and whistles. Today’s customers come in and want all the gadgets. Kitchens should be smart and minimal. They want docking stations for all their electronics, and fridges that take interior pictures so they can monitor food supplies 24-7.”

Go-to Color Combo
“Gray wood-grain veneers for the tall cabinets and the island. For the rest, a solid color—usually white lacquer.”

Most Unique Request
“We did a pool house kitchen where the cabinets were done in yellow and green and orange high-gloss lacquer.”

Images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Best of Greenwich 2016

AND THE GREENWICH WINNERS ARE…
Fairfield County is packed with fabulous finds that are worth a quick trip no matter which town you call home. That’s why for the twelfth year we present the Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut, highlighting hundreds of winners chosen by you, the readers of our magazines. But there’s a ton to celebrate in our town alone. So why not give you the best of both worlds and showcase who you consider tops right in your own backyard? Here, the winners who garnered the most votes in Greenwich alone. We may be a small town but boy, do we have a lot going on!


CUISINE

NEW RESTAURANT
The National, 376 Greenwich Ave., 203-861-6851; thenational-ct.com

AMERICAN + HAPPY HOUR + PUB
Little Pub, 531 East Putnam Ave., 203-717-1147; littlepub.com

SEAFOOD
Elm Street Oyster House, 11 West Elm St., 203-629-5795; elmstreetoysterhouse.com

STEAKS + WINE LIST + RESTAURANT BAR + BEST SERVICE
Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse, 35 Church St., 203-622-4223; gabrielesofgreenwich.com

CREATIVE MENU
Le Fat Poodle, 20 Arcadia Rd., 203-717-1515; lefatpoodle.com

SPECIAL OCCASION + WINE BAR
Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant, 372 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-4080; harvestwinebar.com

OUTDOOR DINING + HOTEL RESTAURANT + OUTDOOR BAR + SINGLES SCENE (OVER 35)
l’escale, 500 Steamboat Rd., 203-661-4600; lescalerestaurant.com

HEALTH FOOD + VEGETARIAN + JUICE BAR
Green & Tonic, 7 Strickland Rd., 203-869-1376; 85 Railroad Ave., 203-622-1479; greenandtonic.com

LUNCH + CAFE/BISTRO
Méli-Mélo, 362 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-6153; melimelogreenwich.com

WEEKEND BRUNCH
Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Putnam Ave., 203-637-1234; greenwich.regency.hyatt.com

 

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GLOBAL CUISINE

ITALIAN
Polpo, 554 Old Post Rd., 203-629-1999; polporestaurant.com

FRENCH
Le Penguin, 61 Lewis St., 203-717-1200; lepenguinbistro.com

MEDITERRANEAN
Mediterraneo, 366 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-4747; zhospitalitygroup.com

INDIAN
Mumbai Times, 140 East Putnam Ave., 203-625-5500; mumbaitimesct.com

GREEK
Famous Greek Kitchen, 10 North Water St., 203-531-6887; famousgreekkitchen.com

MEXICAN + MARGARITAS
Boxcar Cantina, 44 Old Field Point Rd., 203-661-4774; boxcarcantina.com

JAPANESE
Abis, 381 Greenwich Ave., 203-862-9100; abisjapanesetraditionalrestaurant.com

CHINESE
Penang Grill, 55 Lewis St., 203-861-1988

SUSHI
Asiana Cafe, 130 East Putnam Ave., 203-622-6833; asianacafe.com

ASIAN FUSION
Tengda Asian Bistro, 21 Field Point Rd., 203-625-5338; tengdaasianbistrogroup.com

THAI
Little Thai Kitchen, 21 St. Roch Ave., 203-622-2972; littlethaigreenwich.com

 

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CASUAL

BREAKFAST
Bistro V, 339 Greenwich Ave., 203-661-6634; versaillesgreenwich.com

COFFEE SHOP
CFCF Roastery, 118 Greenwich Ave., 203-661-8300

BAGELS
Upper Crust Bagel Company, 197 Sound Beach Ave., 203-698-0079; uppercrustbagel.com

HAMBURGER
Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 302 Delavan Ave., 203-531-7433; burgersshakesnfries.com

HOT DOGS
Joey B’s Famous Chili Hub, 118 River Rd. Ext., 203-661-0573

PIZZA
Planet Pizza, 28 Railroad Ave., 203-622-0999; planetpizzaofgreenwich.com

RIBS/BARBECUE
Bobby Q’s Pit Stop, 1340 East Putnam Ave., 203-990-0606; bobbyqspitstop.com

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
Abis, 381 Greenwich Ave., 203-862-9100; abisjapanesetraditionalrestaurant.com

DINER
Glory Days, 69 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-9067; glorydaysdiner.com

DELI
Corbo’s Corner Deli, 1380 East Putnam Ave., 203-354-4675; 470 West Putnam Ave., 203-629-4987; corbosdeli.com

 

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SWEETS

ICE CREAM
Gofer Ice Cream, 522 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-9080; gofericecream.com

FROZEN YOGURT
Pinkberry, 369 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-1782; pinkberry.com

DESSERTS + BAKERY + CUPCAKES + WEDDING CAKES
DiMare Pastry Shop, 1245 Post Rd., 203-637-4781; dimarepastry.com

CANDY STORE + CHOCOLATE SHOP
Darlene’s Heavenly Desires, 185 Sound Beach Ave., 203-698-9441; darlenesstore.com

 

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MARKETS

GOURMET GROCERY
Citarella Gourmet Market, 600 West Putnam Ave., 203-861-6900; citarella.com

FISH MARKET
Fjord Fish Market, 158 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-5006; fjordct.com

GOURMET TO GO
Aux Delices, 3 W. Elm St., 203-622-6644; 1075 E. Putnam Ave., 203-698-1066; auxdelicesfoods.com

CATERER
Watson’s Catering, 1 Glenville St., 203-532-0132; watsonscatering.com

 

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BARS

MARTINIS
JHouse Restaurant, 1114 East Putnam Ave., 203-698-6980; jhousegreenwich.com

BEER SELECTION + SPECIALTY BEER + SINGLES SCENE (UNDER 35)
The Ginger Man, 64 Greenwich Ave., 203-861-6400; gingermangreenwich.com

MARGARITAS + MEXICAN
Boxcar Cantina, 44 Old Field Point Rd., 203-661-4774; boxcarcantina.com

WINE BAR + SPECIAL OCCASION
Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant, 372 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-4080; harvestwinebar.com

OUTDOOR BAR + SINGLES SCENE (OVER 35) + OUTDOOR DINING + HOTEL RESTAURANT
l’escale, 500 Steamboat Rd., 203-661-4600; lescalerestaurant.com

SPORTS BAR
Sundown Saloon, 403 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-8212; sundownsaloon.com

HAPPY HOUR + PUB + AMERICAN
Little Pub, 531 East Putnam Ave., 203-717-1147; littlepub.com

RESTAURANT BAR + WINE LIST + STEAKS + BEST SERVICE
Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse, 35 Church St., 203-622-4223; gabrielesofgreenwich.com

LIQUOR STORE + WINE SHOP
Val’s Putnam, Wines & Liquors, 125 West Putnam Ave., 203-869-2299; 21 Glenville St., 203-813-3477; valsputnamwines.com

 

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HOME

HOME ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE + COSTUME JEWELRY
Splurge, 39 Lewis St., 203-869-7600; splurgegifts.com

LINENS
Lynnens, 278 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-3659; lynnens.com

TRADITIONAL FURNITURE
Restoration Hardware, 310 Greenwich Ave., 203-552-1040; restorationhardware.com

CONTEMPORARY FURNISHINGS
Jonathan Adler, 88 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-1476; jonathanadler.com

ART GALLERY
Cavalier Gallery, 405 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-3664; cavaliergalleries.com

CHINA/TABLETOP + WEDDING GIFTS + WEDDING REGISTRY
Hoagland’s of Greenwich, 175 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-2127; hoaglands.com

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE STORE
Estate Treasures, 1162 East Putnam Ave., 203-637-4200; estatetreasures.com

OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Patio.com, 600 East Putnam Ave., 203-869-3084; patio.com

LUXURY IMPORTS
The Drawing Room, 220 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-3737; thedrawingroomhome.com

APPLIANCES
Partridge & Rockwell, 85 Pemberwick Rd., 203-622-8675; partridgeappliances.com

FLORIST + WEDDING FLORAL DESIGNER
McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch St., 203-661-5600 mcardles.com

GARDEN CENTER
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St., 203-869-3418; sambridgegardencenter.com

 

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FITNESS

WATER SPORTS
Greenwich Water Club, 49 River Rd., 203-661-4033; greenwichwaterclub.com

PILATES
Core Pilates, 6 West Putnam Ave., 203-914-4433; 146 Sound Beach Ave., 203-344-1844; corepilatesstudios.com

YOGA STUDIO
Be Shri Yoga, 1345 East Putnam Ave., 203-990-0622; beshriyoga.com

SPINNING CLASSES
SoulCycle, 266 Mason St., 203-653-7685; soul-cycle.com

FITNESS CLUB
Equinox, 16 Old Track Rd., 203-863-0070; equinox.com

DANCE STUDIO
Arthur Murray, 6 Lewis St., 203-769-1800; arthurmurraygreenwich.com

FITNESS STUDIO
Division 1 Prep, 200 N. Pemberwick Rd., 203-489-3300; division1prep.com

FITNESS GEAR/CLOTHING
Lululemon Athletica, 151 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-5046; lululemon.com

KIDS’ FITNESS
Jack Rabbits Gymnastics Club, 397 Round Hill Rd., 203-622-0004; jackrabbitsgym.com

BICYCLE SHOP
Dave’s Cycle, 78 Valley Rd., 203-661-7736; davescyclect.com

GOLF EQUIPMENT
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course, 1323 King St., 203-531-7200; thegriffgolf.org

 

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ENTERTAINMENT

LOCAL HOTEL + WEDDING RECEPTION SITE
Delamar Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Rd., 203-661-9800; delamargreenwich.com

LIVE MUSIC SPOT
Beach House Cafe, 220 Sound Beach Ave., 203-637-0367; beachhousecafe.com

LOCAL BAND ROCK + COVER
The Short Bus, theshortbusrocks.com

PERFORMING ARTS
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, 10 Hillside Rd., 203-869-2664; greenwichsymphony.org

RADIO STATION/AM
WGCH 1490 AM, 71 Lewis St., 203-869-1490; wgch.com

RADIO STATION/PERSONALITY
Tony Savino–WGCH, 71 Lewis St., 203-869-1490; wgch.com

 

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FAMILY LIFE

BABY STORE
Giggle, 102 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-6775; giggle.com

CHILDREN’S CLOTHES
Janie and Jack, 107 Greenwich Ave., 203-422-5080; janieandjack.com

PLACE FOR KIDS’ PARTIES
Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., 203-869-5272; greenwich.audubon.org

TOY STORE
Smart Kids’ Toys, 17 East Elm St., 203-869-0022; sktoys.com

NANNY & BABYSITTING SERVICES
Sterling Care, 235 Glenville Rd., 203-532-0500; sterlingcare.com

PET SUPPLIES + PET CLOTHING
Pet Pantry Warehouse, 290 Railroad Ave., 203-869-6444; ppwpet.com

DOG GROOMER/PET SPA
Groomer Has It, 80 Valley Rd., 203-629-3649

VETERINARIAN
Greenwich Animal Hospital, 430 West Putnam Ave., 203-869-0534; greenwichanimalhospital.com

AUTO REPAIR
Zelenz Brothers Auto Body, 37 Sherwood Pl., 203-869-1414

CAR WASH
Splash Car Wash, 73 East Putnam Ave., 203-625-0809; 625 W. Putnam Ave., 203-531-4497; splashcarwashes.com

LIVERY SERVICE
Rudy’s Executive Transportation, 209 Bruce Park Ave., 203-609-8000; rudylimo.com

 

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EDUCATION

COLLEGE PREP
Carnegie Pollak, 136 Old Stone Bridge Rd., 203-352-3500; carnegiepollak.com

MUSIC LESSONS
Riverside School of Music, 401 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-9501; atelierconstantinpopescu.com

ART CLASSES
Action Art School, 242 Sound Beach Ave., 203-637-2685; actionartschool.com

MUSEUM + MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN
Bruce Museum of Arts & Science, 1 Museum Dr., 203-869-0376; brucemuseum.org

BOOKSTORE
Diane’s Books, 8A Grigg St., 203-869-1515; dianesbooks.com

COOKING CLASSES
Aux Délices, 3 West Elm St., 203-622-6644; 1075 East Putnam Ave., 203-698-1066; auxdelicesfoods.com

 

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FASHION & JEWELRY

DEPARTMENT STORE + WOMEN’S FASHION + COCKTAIL ATTIRE + WOMEN’S SHOES + ACCESSORIES
Saks Fifth Avenue, 205 Greenwich Ave., 203-862-5300; saksfifthavenue.com/greenwich

BLACK TIE ATTIRE + MEN’S FASHION + MEN’S SHOES + TUXEDOS
Richards, 359 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-0551; mitchellstores.com

DESIGNER BOUTIQUE + BRIDAL GOWNS + BRIDESMAID DRESS BOUTIQUE
Marietta C. Designs, 436 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-2171; mariettac.com

CONSIGNMENT
Second Time Around, 10 Greenwich Ave., 203-422-2808; 2ndtimearound.com

LINGERIE
Patricia Gourlay, 45 East Putnam Ave., 203-869-0977; pgourlay.com

EYEWEAR
Sunglass Hut, 260 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-7907; sunglasshut.com

SWIMWEAR
Everything, But Water, 84 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-1878; everythingbutwater.com

TEEN FASHION
Free People, 351 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-0127; freepeople.com

TAILOR
Ted the Tailor, 2 Church St., 203-869-5699

JEANS
Lucky Brand, 244 Greenwich Ave., 203-861-4039; luckybrand.com

COSTUME JEWELRY + HOME ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE
Splurge, 39 Lewis St., 203-869-7600; splurgegifts.com

LOCAL JEWELRY BOUTIQUE + DESIGNER JEWELRY + WOMEN’S WATCHES + ESTATE JEWELRY + WEDDING RINGS
Betteridge, 239 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-0124; betteridge.com

MEN’S WATCHES
Manfredi Jewels, 121 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-1414; manfredijewels.com

 

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BEAUTY & BRIDAL

MAKEUP ARTIST
Elena of Christopher Noland Salon, 124 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-4247; christophernoland.com

COSMETICS STORE
Sephora, 75 Greenwich Ave., 203-422-2191; sephora.com

WOMEN’S SALON + COLORIST
Color Cafe, 23 Benedict Pl., 203-769-1929; colorcafestudio.com

BLOW OUT
Jaafar Tazi, 149 Greenwich Ave., 203-340-2525; jaafartazi.com

MEN’S SALON
Generations Barber Parlor, 3 Boulder Ave., 203-637-8266; 138 Hamilton Ave., 203-413-2344; generations1929.com

DAY SPA + FACIAL + WAXING
Dream Spa & Salon, 151 Greenwich Ave., 203-629-2525; dreamdayspa.com

MASSAGE
Massage Mavens, 59 Le Grande Ave., 203-340-2518; massagemavens.com

MANICURE + PEDICURE
Tip Top Nails, 1 Havemeyer Ln., 203-698-3320

WEDDING FLORAL DESIGNER + FLORIST
McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch St., 203-661-5600; mcardles.com

BRIDAL GOWNS + BRIDESMAID DRESS BOUTIQUE
Marietta C Designs, 436 East Putnam Ave., 203-661-2171; mariettac.com

WEDDING RECEPTION SITE + LOCAL HOTEL
Delamar Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Rd., 203-661-9800; delamargreenwich.com
l’escale, 500 Steamboat Rd., 203-661-4600; lescalerestaurant.com

WEDDING RINGS + LOCAL JEWELRY BOUTIQUE + DESIGNER JEWELRY + WOMEN’S WATCHES + ESTATE JEWELRY
Betteridge, 239 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-0124; betteridge.com

DESSERTS + BAKERY + CUPCAKES + WEDDING CAKES
DiMare Pastry Shop, 1245 Post Rd., 203-637-4781; dimarepastry.com

WEDDING INVITATIONS
Saint Clair Stationers, 96 Greenwich Ave., 203-661-2927; theresesaintclair.com

WEDDING GIFTS + WEDDING REGISTRY + CHINA/TABLETOP
Hoagland’s of Greenwich, 175 Greenwich Ave., 203-869-2127; hoaglands.com

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Bob Capazzo, 203-273-0139; bcapazzo.smugmug.com

WEDDING PLANNER
Ashley Douglass Events, 917-748-6281; ashleydouglassevents.com

WEDDING DJ/LIVE MUSIC
Richie Vance Productions, 203-249-9359; richievance.com

 

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Brand New

Above: The new showroom highlights oomph’s wares in the best light.

This spring it got a whole lot easier to put a little oomph into your life, thanks to the opening of the line’s first retail showroom in Greenwich. The new shop is part of a “little design center” near the top of Greenwich Avenue that includes Circa and Waterworks, says Amy Rice, one of oomph’s three founders. “It was perfect timing for us,” she says about the previously unoccupied space. “We find that many designers are using Waterworks, Circa and oomph in projects, so the location could not be better. It’s great for local clients who want to see our collections but also more convenient for those coming from [further north], New York, New Jersey and points south.”

Partners Amy Rice, Louise Brooks and Patty Hopple
Partners Amy Rice, Louise Brooks and Patty Hopple

She and her partners—Patty Hopple and Louise Brooks—took what was essentially an unheated cement room and converted it into an inviting space with freestanding walls that are meant to create movement throughout the showroom. During the year, guest designers will be invited to create individual vignettes to showcase the line’s versatility. “The retail customer has never had an opportunity to see the breadth of our wares,” says Rice. “Now they can come in and see all the colors, sit in a chair, on a couch. We can hold their hands with design decisions.” In addition to the full collection of tables, upholstery, lighting and mirrors, the shop will have a selection of home accessories such as pillows, lacquer trays and more.

First launched in 2009, the company has grown dramatically in the past seven years. In the months ahead, look for the showroom to host a series of events, including book signings, rotating artists, educational roundtables, ASID-sponsored gatherings and trunk shows.

21 West Putnam Avenue, Suite B, Greenwich; 203-518-8068; www.oomphonline.com


BEST IN SHOW(ROOM)

KNOWN FOR ITS MODERN, WITTY TAKE ON CLASSIC DESIGNS AND BRIGHT LACQUERED FINISHES, OOMPH HAS THE SCOOP ON WHAT’S POPULAR IN NEW ENGLAND

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TABLE TALK

The Tini table is “the equivalent of throwing a red pillow on a couch,” Rice claims.

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BRIGHT IDEA
Their hanging lanterns add a stylish touch inside and out.

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GAME ON

The backgammon tables are available in different sizes and styles.


Photographs: Paul Johnson

 

 

Greenwich Town Party

WHEN: May 28, 2016

WHERE: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

GATES OPEN AT 10 A.M.
Children’s activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include face painting, caricature artists, walk-around performers, bounce houses, and arts and crafts.

MUSIC
The music starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.
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TICKETS

  • General admission and senior tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Neighbor tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Sponsor tickets, $1,250, which include access to a Sponsor Tent with catered food and drinks, as well as designated parking in the Island Beach lot.

Sponsor tickets are sold online at greenwichtownparty.org 

The GTP provides comp tickets to a select number of local nonprofits, and also donates tickets to nonprofits for fundraising purposes.

Only Greenwich residents, Greenwich business owners and employees of local businesses may buy GTP tickets; identification is required at time of pick up.

BRING A PICNIC 
Attendees are welcome to bring picnics and beverages, but no alcohol is allowed on the premises. No pets, no blankets. “Space is tight,” says Weicker.

HELPING HANDS
The GTP Inc. covers the cost for all town services involved with the event.

 

McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center

For bridal blooms that stand out, follow these tips from Michael Derouin, Director of Floral Design at McArdle’s. 48 Arch Street, 203-661-5600; McArdles.com

TRUST YOUR FLORAL DESIGNER
After discussing your likes and dislikes, turn it over to your designer. “We love our job and enjoy using unique materials,” Derouin says. “Allow your designer the creative freedom to search for the most wonderful materials available to truly make your wedding unique.”

FOLLOW COLOR TRENDS
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. “We can provide guidance on what color stories best suit seasonal floral availability, and can help you choose accordingly.”

ADD TEXTURE
“Incorporating different textures into a composition achieves depth and interest.”

GO LONG
Trailing and cascading bouquets are back in vogue. “The modern version of this classic is longer than it is wide, which allows for greater movement as the bride walks down the aisle. It also opens up the opportunity to use many different varieties that don’t work as well in round bouquets.”

GO LOCAL
“If you have your heart set on specific flowers, check out their availability before setting your wedding date. It’s always more economical to use materials that are in season.”

 

 

Dream Spa & Salon

Above: Dream Spa owner, Lori Dodd

The best day spas are those that make clients feel like they’ve gone off the grid for a while. Devotees of Lori Dodd’s Dream Spa in Greenwich love the full menu of restorative scrubs, peels, wraps and more. With summer in full swing, we thought this was a good time to ask Lori to share some skin care basics. 151 Greenwich Avenue, 203-629-2525; dreamdayspa.com

START YOUNG AND DON’T STOP
“Consistency is key. It’s never too late to incorporate healthy living concepts: no smoking, limit alcohol intake and drink plenty of water. The number one thing to remember is sunscreen. It’s huge. I talk about it to everyone.” She also recommends antiaging lines, such as SkinCeuticals, which are specifically tailored to help restore and replenish more mature skin.

STICK TO A DAILY REGIME
“Cleanse, tone, moisturize, sunscreen. If you’re pressed for time, almost every cosmetic company makes a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it.”

WATCH THE EYES
The area around the eye is very delicate. It’s literally the first area where you see lines.” As for serums, Lori is a fan. “They are not moisturizers,” she says. “They are designed for specific targeted actions, such as Vitamin C-based products that are full of antiaging antioxidants.”

 

 

Diane’s Books

When it comes to classic reads for middle-schoolers, several come to mind: The Secret Garden, The Borrowers, The Chronicles of Narnia. We asked Diane Garrett, the go-to source for all things literary, to pick a crop of new classics for the preteen set. Geared toward ages ten to twelve, “these books consistently turn up on school reading lists,” she says. In each case, the story lines are strong, the language is good, and the characters are engaging.” The topics are all over the map—moral dilemmas, coming-of-age stories, race exploration and dystopian fiction. There’s even good-old-fashioned magic. 8A Grigg St., 203-869-1515; dianesbooks.com

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
BY BRENDA WOODS
A powerful story about a young biracial girl finding her place in the world.

Red Kayak
BY PRISCILLA CUMMINGS
Set on the Chesapeake Bay, and involving a kayaking accident, this story weaves a suspenseful tale of three teenagers caught in a web of deception that changes their lives forever.

East
BY EDITH PATTOU
The story of a young girl named Rose, an enormous white bear, a castle, and a mystery that helps her find her true purpose in life.

Because of Mr. Terupt
BY ROB BUYEA
A book about bullying that is told from seven different voices—the fifth-grade classmates whose actions one winter day change their lives and the life of beloved teacher Mr. Terupt.

Book one in the acclaimed Atherton Series trilogy, The House of Power
BY PATRICK CARMAN
One of the first dystopian novels in which kids triumph against adults.

 

 

Little Pub

Above: Going to Graceland burger – Photograph: Gus Cantavero

With three restaurants in Fairfield County, including the newest in Cos Cob, which opened last summer, Little Pub’s executive chef Tim Passarro knows a thing or two about creating a great burger—about 3,000 a week. We asked Chef Tim for tips on replicating Little Pub’s iconic patty at home. 531 East Putnam Ave., 203-717-1147; littlepub.com

THE BASICS
“The three most important elements are the meat (80/20 good ground chuck), the temperature of the grill (hot), and the seasonings (salt, pepper, onions and garlic). Little Pub’s special blend uses seven or eight different kinds of pepper,” he explains.

GOING PRO
Although Chef Tim likes his home-grilled burgers on the no-fuss side—“a Kraft single, a piece of crisp lettuce, a potato bun and I’m set,” here he offers the recipe for a Little Pub fave, Going to Graceland. “You’ll need aged cheddar cheese, cherry- or applewood smoked bacon, grilled bananas (cut them in half lengthwise and then in half again, and heat them through quickly), and a Thai peanut sauce (store-bought is fine). A nice Hawaiian bun or a brioche adds a little sweetness,” he says. “Make the patty bigger than the bun to allow for shrinkage, and don’t over-handle the meat. The warmth of your hands can melt the fat.”

 

 

Horseneck Wines & Liquors

The folks at Horseneck Liquors are beverage geniuses when it comes to making sure you don’t come up short at your next party. In the summer months (think graduations, bridal showers, pool parties), owner Terry Rogers and her staff are busy working out logistics for ten-plus fetes a week. We asked her for tips on buying for a summer cocktail shindig.
25 East Putnam Ave., 203-869-8944; horseneckwinesandliquors.com.

THINK ABOUT THE TYPE OF PARTY
“How long will it last? What is the age of the crowd? Are you serving a specialty drink? Will people be coming and going or staying for the whole event?”

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
White wine trumps red, especially in summer. Forget Champagne; these days Prosecco is the sparkling drink of choice, light Provencal rose is the chic go-to aperitif, and vodka consumption has tripled in recent years. “If you’re having a cocktail party for ninety people, no speeches, two hours outside, you’ll want at least three to four bottles of vodka, and a bottle each of bourbon, Scotch and gin. Plan on ½ bottle of wine per person and a case and a half of Prosecco.”

DON’T FORGET
“Mixers, ice and beer. People always forget beer. Regular and light. A 12-pack of each.”

 

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams base their philosophy of successful décor on three simple components: comfort, style and value. We asked them to share easy ways to brighten up a room.
45 East Putnam Avenue, 203-661-4480; mgbwhome.com

MIRROR
“We love the sparkle of furniture that incorporates mirrored surfaces, such as our Melrose bar cart and Fairbanks desk,” says Gold. “And we’ll often fill a wall with a trio of our large mirrors in upholstered frames.”

METALLICS
“Tables, storage and upholstery with silver or gold edges or hardware add light, as do accessories in a mix of metal finishes placed strategically around a space,” says Williams.

WHITE
“If you have slipcovered upholstery, change it out to white denim,” says Gold. “Or put a pale-hued rug underfoot. Consider white-lacquer furniture. We have pieces that have an unexpected touch: the insides of the drawers are painted red.”

LIGHT
“Accessorize with lamps that have great sculptural quality or a mix of materials,” says Williams. “Low-tech light producers can add interest, too. Think quartz or agate candleholders and clear or colored glass hurricanes.”

 

 

Richards

Fashion-savvy Greenwich women have long made Richards their go-to choice for chic, on-trend designs. We consulted owner Scott Mitchell about the do’s and don’ts of perfect cocktail style.
359 Greenwich Ave., 203-622-0551, richards.mitchellstores.com

DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
“Find out where the party is being held. Private home, country club, formal restaurant? You don’t want to be over or underdressed,” he says. “It’s always safer to err on the side of being a little bit dressier than too casual.” The same applies for men. “There’s nothing worse than being at a party where the women are in really nice dresses and the guys are in polo shirts.”

SHOES
Make sure they augment your outfit. “You wouldn’t wear 90mm Jimmy Choos with a Lilly Pulitzer dress.”

JEWELRY
“If you are wearing a dressy dress and sparkly shoes, don’t wear casual jewelry.” Keep it simple: “If the neckline is awesome, go for a necklace and earrings. If the neckline is hard, wear a bracelet and earrings.”

HANDBAGS
“When the occasion calls for Vineyard Vines or Lilly Pulitzer, leave the Judith Leiber minaudière at home.”

GO WITH COLOR
LBD’s are always a safe option, but why not throw some color into the mix? Pink, light pink, navy. “Navy looks great
on everybody,” he says.

THINK SEPARATES
“A skirt and top or trousers, especially if a capri. Jumpsuits are fashionable, though they tend to be dressier.”

 

 

Green & Tonic

Of course you’ve heard about the nutritional benefits of kale, quinoa and berries—three superfoods that are having more than their fifteen minutes of fame. We turned to Cai Pandolfino, cofounder of Green & Tonic, for the inside scoop on other superfoods you might not know about—but should. You’ll find these five incorporated into a variety of G&T’s signature smoothies, soups, juices and more.
7 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, 203-869-1376; 85 Railroad Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-1479; greenandtonic.com.

BEE POLLEN
“A wonderful source of easily digested protein and almost every nutrient the body needs. It’s especially good for skin and hair, and when locally sourced, combats allergy symptoms.”

TURMERIC
“The active ingredient, curcumin, makes turmeric one of the best anti-inflammatory foods around.”

MINT
“Mint is a super-herb that calms upset stomachs, suppresses appetites, combats allergy symptoms and stimulates energy. Like all greens, mint has chlorophyll and a variety of vitamins, including an abundance of vitamin A.”

SPIRULINA
“The blue-green algae is protein-dense and provides energizing B vitamins, iron for blood health, and brain-nourishing omega fatty acids.”

ACAI (AH-SIGH-EE)
“Dubbed the ‘beauty berry,’ this Amazon rainforest berry is full of antioxidants and essential omega fatty acids, which promote healthy glowing skin.”

 

 

Samuel Owen Gallery

Above: Owners of Samuel Owen Gallery, Lee and Cindy Milazzo

Investing in a significant work of art for a home or office can be exhilarating—or daunting, especially for first-time buyers. We asked Samuel Owen gallery owners Lee and Cindy Milazzo for some insight on what to consider before you buy.
382 Greenwich Ave., 203-422-6500; samuelowen.com

DEFINE WHAT PLEASES YOU
Do you gravitate toward traditional media like oil and acrylic? Inventive mixed-media of contemporary art? Formal imagery like landscapes or still lifes? “Remain inquisitive and know that your point of view can change with time,” says Cindy.

MAKE FRIENDS
Establish a relationship with a gallery where you feel comfortable enough to ask any—and all—questions. “You’ll be establishing a long-term relationship with the gallery,” says Lee. “You also want access to the gallery’s ancillary services such as home viewings, framing, crating and shipping, and delivery and installation.”

SEE IT AS A COLLECTION
“Think of the art you acquire as a collection and consider the interplay of the works you already own,” Cindy adds.

STAY CURRENT
“Keep yourself informed and go to exhibitions, not just the blockbuster shows, but also local museums,” says Lee.

 

 

Watson’s Catering & Events

When it comes to snacks for casual entertaining, cheese and crackers, chips, dips and crudités are a no-brainer. But for something a little more unusual, Susan Scully, the owner of Watson Catering, offers two easy hors d’oeuvres that will leave your guests wowed and asking for more. 1 Glenville St., 203-532-0132; watsonscatering.com


TOMATO MOZZARELLA PESTO SKEWERS

(makes 24 pieces)

24 round cherry tomatoes with the tops cut off
12 ciliegine-size fresh mozzarella, each cut in half
6 teaspoons fresh pesto (commercial pesto works well in a pinch)
8-10 basil leaves cut in thin slivers for garnish

Method
Scoop out the tomato halves. Place half a teaspoon of the pesto inside the tomato. Place piece of mozzarella round side down inside the tomato. Garnish with slivers of fresh basil.


WATERMELON CUBES WITH FETA, LOCAL HONEY & FRESH MINT

(makes 24 pieces)

24 one-inch-square-square cubes of seedless watermelon
24 pieces of feta cheese (cut in small pieces)
½ cup of local honey
1 bunch fresh mint chopped in fine pieces

Method
Using a melon baller, scoop out an indentation on the top of the watermelon cube. Place the feta cheese on top of the watermelon. Drizzle the honey over the top. Garnish with fresh mint.

 

 

Let’s Get This Party Started

Photograph: Mike Thut

Think Memorial Day, and you can smell the barbeques, see the American flag, hear the parades and—in these parts—look forward to the Greenwich Town Party (GTP). In its fifth year, the celebration for Greenwich residents has become the hottest ticket in town (General admission tickets for the May 23 event sold out in five hours).

The idea for the party came in 2010 when Ray Dalio and his wife, Barbara, were visiting Spain and experienced several town fiestas. The image of these celebrations, in which everyone contributed, stayed with them. One night over drinks with his friend Mark Vallely, Ray floated the idea of creating a similar celebration for Greenwich. With the blessing of town officials, the GTP was born. “The concept is simple,” says Vallely, president of the GTP. “Yes, it’s about music and food and kids’ activities. But it’s also about giving back to the community, whether by sponsoring, donating or volunteering.”

From the outset, the GTP was an unqualified success: The inaugural event easily maxed out Roger Sherman Baldwin Park’s 5,000-person capacity. Performers included the Temptations, Little Feat and headliner Buddy Guy. In 2012, the year Paul Simon headlined, tickets sold out in a week. In 2013, when James Taylor came to town, tickets were gone in minutes. In order to meet the growing demand, organizers expanded the party into a two-venue event, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and Havemeyer Park. With Santana as the featured attraction, the party reached its 10,000-person capacity. In the process, though, the sense of one town, one party was lost. “The whole point of celebrating community is being together,” says Vallely.

The party continues to evolve. Regulars will see some changes—some subtle, some obvious. For one thing, the party is back to its original venue. For another, there is a new website and a more cohesive marketing campaign. The local heroes campaign (see box) is new. As is the $250 Neighbor ticket (previously known as the $400 Fair Share ticket). “It’s a friendlier and more community oriented term,” says event manager Scot Weicker. “It also most accurately reflects the actual cost to go to an event of this magnitude.” Neighbor ticket holders have designated parking and access to an area with drinks and snacks. Of course, there are sponsor packages available, as well.

“Five years ago we could only dream this,” says Vallely. “Today we’re exactly where we want to be.”


You Can Be My Hero

The GTP’s Campaign for Community is an opportunity for Greenwich residents to give a shout-out to the unsung heroes in their lives—whether a teacher, coach, volunteer or a neighbor. “It’s a way to recognize people who are making a difference,” says Sara Allard, cofounder of Case Study Brands, “whether their contributions are big or small.” To nominate someone, go to the GTP Facebook page, post a photo and a story, and add #GTPheroes. For now, heroes can be found on the GTP website and social media outlets; plans are in the works for a display the day of the party.