New fall finds from local shops that once were old haunts—bring on the memories.
Kids of all ages spent many a rainy day playing video games at Arnie’s Place, and Georgie Porgies ice cream shop in the back of the arcade was the hottest birthday invite in town. Now, Anthropologie stands where Pac-Man and pinball once reigned—instead of splurging on a sundae, I indulge in delicate layering necklaces and pharmacy jars for my vanity.
Super-trendy boutique Selective Eye was the destination for all things neon, bedazzled and tie-dyed. Now a beauty junkie’s candy store, the new Stay Flawless makeup primer is a sweet Benefit treat. Something tells me it will give my makeup more lasting power than the Day-Glo orange pleather minidress bought in the very same spot circa 1989.
Every September I would run to Klein’s to stock up on pens and paper for the school year ahead. I still make a seasonal pilgrimage to the same spot, now BlueMercury, for a makeup bag update. Laura Mercier’s new Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour, is at the top of my shopping list—rich colors in a formula that feels incredible on the lips.
Perhaps the prettiest thing to pass on Post Road, Terrain took a car dealership lot from bland to beautiful. This fall I have my eye on gorgeous tabletop Antler accents and an amazing marshmallow roasting “twig”—a stylish way to eek every last night out of our fire pit.
Pulling into the parking lot at 1850 Post Road East has put a huge smile on my face since the early ’80s. While I used to find few things as thrilling as a new Pound Puppy procured from Westport’s toy mecca, Child’s World, now the true prize is a cart full of colorful glass vases & serving pieces from HomeGoods.