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Are you having trouble figuring out what to do this weekend? We’ve all been in a situation like that so you’re definitely not alone.

However, enjoying a day off is anything but difficult in Stamford. There are tons of attractions such as Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford’s Miniature Ghost Town, The Ferguson Library, Half Full Brewery, Cove Island Park, and many more where entertainment is pretty much guaranteed.

With so many amazing spots to check out, it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. So we have narrowed down the list for you. Without further ado, here are our top picks:

Cove Island Park

Cove Island Park is vast in size, with almost 83 acres of beach and recreation area. The park has a play area for children, sandy beaches, one-mile loop for jogging, and expansive lawns ideal for picnics.

The park has something on offer for everyone. You can enjoy the ocean breeze standing on the shore, jog or run in tracks, cycle or rollerblade, watch the birds, fly kites for fun, take your pets for a walk, spend some time reading, enjoy the fresh saltwater air, and do a whole lot of other stuff.

Half Full Brewery

Half Full Brewery is a microbrewery and tasting room offering beers with a unique taste made by expert brewers. They provide rare varieties of beer that are made by using special techniques to create a balance between the bitter taste of hops and sweet flavors.

On the third Wednesday of every month, Half Full hosts an event called Rare Beer Night. Customers are presented with new experimental types of beers along with mouth-watering food. On Fridays, you can walk in the brewery to enjoy samples. On weekends, you can get a complete tour of the brewery.

The place is a heaven for ardent beer lovers.

The Palace Theatre

Originally a vaudeville house made by Thomas Lamb in 1927, The Palace Theatre has a long history. It is now owned by a non-profit organization named Stamford Center for the Arts.

Various performances including concerts, plays, dances, interesting shows, and many more are staged in this venue regularly. The events are held in two venues, one in Atlantic Street and the other on Rich Forum.

The one in Atlantic Street has a fabulous interior and can seat a crowd of 1,500+ comfortably for a breathtaking view of the live performances.

The monthly event, TAP Cafe, provides a perfect place to make acquaintance over delicious food and drinks.

Brasitas

Brasitas is a restaurant offering a Latin Fusion Cuisine menu with a great reputation for their mixtures of delicious food. They have been in business since 1999 and are becoming more and more popular by the year.

The mouth-watering food is known to tantalize the soul with its aroma. Even the strongest wills are broken with a quick bite and then some more.

They provide all sorts of Latin foods including maize-based dishes arepas, arroz con pollo with shreds of chicken, pupusas, fried sweet plantains, tacos, tamales, jasmine rice tortillas, various salsas, chips and dips, tart citrus cabbage relish, and lots more.

Brasitas Restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious Latin meal with your friends or family.

local businesses

Situated 30 miles from Manhattan and known as the “City that Works,” Stamford works well for big corporations and small businesses alike. Business is thriving here for many reasons.

Businesswise, Stamford emerges on top in Connecticut as experts agree the city is close to reaching its economical potential.

There are so many successful local businesses worth mentioning here. If you’re familiar with our blog then you probably already know how much we love local businesses.

So, let’s take a look at some of the best local businesses in Stamford.

Izet’s Leather and Shoe Repair

Izet’s Leather and Shoe Repair is an old gem of a clothes store that has been satisfying customers for over a decade now.

The clothes sold are of high quality and you won’t find better leather work anywhere else in the city. The shoes and leather jackets come in a wide variety and styles. They are also famous for their affordable pricing.

The staff is polite, friendly, and welcoming. They have a high reputation for making customers feel like they are a part of the family. You can even get advice on clothing from Mr. Izet’s himself.

The store does more than just selling clothes as they also offer repair services. Whether it’s a simple replacement of taps of heels or a complete repair of a broken shoe, you can get your clothes and shoes fixed with no worries here.

If you need repairs or want to purchase comfortable and fitting leather clothes, then look no further.

Pinot’s Palette

Would you like to unleash your inner artist trapped beneath all the doubts?

Pinot’s Palette is the perfect place to get started. Go alone or take a group with you to have a fun time learning what it takes and how it feels to be a painter.

People with no painting experience go in and come out with what can only be called a masterpiece for first-timers. The instructors are masters at their job because it’s really them that do the magic teaching customers so well.

They have a great environment and receive nothing but positive feedback for their services.

You can order food and drinks from restaurants nearby to deliver at Pinot’s venue and enjoy it indoors during a short break midway of the painting lesson.

The experience is amazing and so are the instructors, join them for an evening of fun and a memorable painting lesson.

Half Full Brewery

A microbrewery in 43 Homestead Ave, Half Full Brewery was started by Conor Horrigan who had only one motive in mind from the beginning. His goal was to challenge people to live in the moment.

His mission has been accomplished as the brewery is now the go-to place for ardent beer lovers in Stamford.

They sell various types of drinks in all sorts of flavors and with numerous ingredients. The variety of beers sold is unmatched by any other local brewery. They like to experiment a lot and give new samples of drinks to people for testing.

It’s the finest brewery in the city for a reason. This is due to the brilliance of the hardworking staff who work on a framework built on the following six qualities:

  1. Fun-Loving
  2. Audacious
  3. Brilliant
  4. Restless
  5. Impactful
  6. Collaborative

Make sure to check them out the next time you feel like grabbing a beer.

favorite restaurants

Stamford’s proximity to New York is one of its best merits. While great, The proximity does have some inevitable side effects. The Food Scene being compared to the Big Apple is one of these side effects.

New York is one of the best food cities in the world. Few regions come close to replicating the culinary magic of the giant metropolis.

Stamford may not quite be on NY’s level on this front, few cities are, but it still has a lot to offer.

Foodies and Drink Connoisseurs Rejoice! This article is for you. We have painstakingly assembled this diverse list. Read on to discover some of the best local eateries and pubs in Stamford.

It is irrelevant if you are visiting Stamford over the weekend, or have lived here for years. You NEED to check these places out.

Half Full Brewery
WHERE: 43 Homestead Ave, Stamford

WHY: Nice Beers, Community Focused Business

Half Full is the epitome of what you expect from a small local business. They have a vested interest in the community, and their public events are some of the most entertaining in the entire city.

The Brewery has a long list of beers on tap, and they keep adding to it. Their unique “Community Sourced Ales” are brewed entirely in collaboration with other local ventures.

If you like beer, you simply have to check them out.

DiMare Pastry Shop
WHERE: 12 Largo Drive South, Stamford

WHY: Family Business, Great Cakes and Pastries

DiMare is a family owned bakery operating in Stamford since 1976. Their delicious cakes and pastries are made with quality ingredients, completely from scratch.

If you need cakes, cookies, pies, bread, pastries or any other baked good, this is the shop for you. DiMare also provides custom orders and online booking inside the United States.

Magee’s Curbside
WHERE: 72 Magee Ave, Stamford

WHY: Wonderful Food, Small and Cozy Spot

This modest restaurant is pretty unremarkable at first glance. It is a small place with limited parking spaces, outside of the bustling downtown area. Give them a go, however, and you’ll see why it makes the list.

Magee’s have their own innovative spin on your favorite foods. Among these are Churro Waffles, a delicious cross between a Churro and a Waffle.

You can enjoy anything from their long pun-riddled menu in a homely and snug setting.

Colony Grill
WHERE: 172 Myrtle Ave, Stamford

WHY: Famous “Hot Oil” Pizza

Colony is a historic establishment that was set up in 1935 as a tavern. The business has since evolved, and the name remains only as a nod to their history and heritage.

Although you can still get drinks, the popularity of their signature pizza has wiped out most other menu items over time. Their unique “Hot Oil Pizza” is a one-of-its-kind thin-crust pie with unique spicy toppings.

Looking for a great pizza? This is the place to be.

Lorca
WHERE: 125 Bedford St, Stamford

WHY: Excellent Churros, Speciality Coffee And Tea

Lorca offers locally-sourced handmade food and beverages. They have a good selection of great breakfast and lunch options.

Where Lorca really stands out, however, is their baked goods and specialty beverages. The highlights of this Spanish-inspired cafe include the best Churros in Stamford. With a host of coffees or teas to choose from, you are spoiled for choice on the beverage front.

business spotlight

KRG Business Spotlight – Elio Vetrini, Owner – COUNTY TV & APPLIANCE, Stamford, CT

Q: You have owned County TV & Appliances since 2003. What inspired your family to take on this venture?
A: My father, Vincent, started in this business as a 21-year-old salesperson. It’s a good old American sales story which charts the evolution of a good sales person who eventually became a majority owner. I started in this business as a 16-year-old, and now I am following in my father’s footsteps. He was inspired to buy this business and was thoughtful and did it well over the course of his long career. The opportunity presented itself to continue and grow the company and purchase it all, so it’s something that we’ve done over our entire lives. I was born and raised in it, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Q: Who or what has been your personal inspiration in business?
A: Naturally, a child follows in his father’s footsteps. Growing up, I watched my father working hard and working long hours. We have a close relationship, so that has truly been my inspiration to continue following in his footsteps. My inspiration today, now that I am fully invested in this business, is being the best luxury appliance and electronics retailer in Fairfield County – that’s not a cliché. We stick to that. That’s why we wake up every morning and put in the hard work that we do – it’s not only money driven, but rather being the best in the business and succeeding. Hard work has been the key to our success.

Q: What is the best thing about doing business in Fairfield County?
A: One of the best things about operating in Fairfield County is the geographical location and the affluency. We get involved in some interesting and complex developmental projects. We play a major role in furnishing those projects, and it’s always exciting to push boundaries with designers, architects, and builders and to witness the results.

Q: What do you consider to the biggest “win” in your business’s history?
A: Since 2007, as the world changed financially, I’ve always said that there’s no such thing as a “home-run.” I consider a “win” to be working hard every day, looking at every aspect of our business on a daily basis, and seeing where we can change, adapt, and can be even more successful.

Q: Outside of running a business, in what other way is County TV & Appliances involved in the community?
A: We absolutely believe in contributing to our community. We support our Police Department, the Fire Department, Downtown Stamford events, and are an intricate part of the Jewish community.

real estate in Connecticut

As Broker, Owner of BHGRE Shore & Country Properties and I am dedicated to giving our agents the latest competitive tools and technology so they can help their clients, buy and sell real estate and start the next chapter of their life with smiles on their faces.

Buying and selling a property can be fraught with ups and downs, and it’s important you find a REALTOR® who you can trust to negotiate and facilitate your transaction of your house, or investment, through to completion. That’s where we come in!

We have over 100 agents that speak 25 plus languages, unbeatable agent support, an in-house video and podcast studio and an in-house mortgage broker, ready to support you. When you partner with BHGRE Shore & Country Properties you get a high quality service, a dedicated team committed to getting your property maximum exposure using both traditional networks and social media tools.

We’re a Fairfield County brokerage that has a proven 15 year track record, we operate with total integrity, and an unwavering focus on the needs and goals of our agents and our clients to ensure they receive unparalleled customer service and support when they need it.

“Independent real estate firms with hands-on owner-managers who know about and care about each and every agent and transaction are becoming harder and harder to find. Home buyers and sellers seek attentive, responsive service”.  Agents need flexible and experienced, focused minds working on their behalf. Our goal is to continue growing KRG while cultivating the high service model Realtors deserve and clients require.

To discuss how BHGRE Shore & Country Properties can help you on your next property journey, give me a call at 203-979-0920.

merger

BHGRE Shore & Country Properties and RealtyQuest Announce Merger
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2018

Stamford, CT —BHGRE Shore & Country Properties and RealtyQuest announced today that their companies are joining forces to form an independent residential real estate company with over 100 Realtor® agents servicing Connecticut and New York in Fairfield, New Haven, and Westchester Counties. The combined companies will operate under the BHGRE Shore & Country Properties name.

“Both BHGRE Shore & Country Properties and RealtyQuest pride ourselves on our ability to truly listen to clients and connect them with opportunities that best match their needs. Our client focused approach ensures responsive, transparent, and personable service,” explains BHGRE Shore & Country Properties’s Broker/Owner Jason P. Kinard.

According to Dave Epprecht, Broker/Owner of RealtyQuest: “We are extremely proud to be forming this new company with BHGRE Shore & Country Properties. KRG’s unparalleled reputation, coupled with its exceptional depth of resources and commitment to the local real estate community, will combine with our own expertise and knowledge to create a preferred provider of real estate solutions in our markets.”

“We are delighted to have established this important relationship with RealtyQuest,” says Kinard, “which represents our strategy to expand our portfolio of real estate services across our marketplace with best-in-class agents who are recognized for their expertise, leadership, and cultural compatibility. Partnered together, we will continue to capitalize on the emerging opportunities in our local market,” says Kinard.

Both Kinard and Epprecht celebrate that their new team share a passion for Connecticut real estate, and are dedicated to providing clients with excellence and the best possible outcome for every transaction. BHGRE Shore & Country Properties and RealtyQuest represent the very finest of the real estate profession in the community.

About BHGRE Shore & Country Properties
BHGRE Shore & Country Properties, with offices located in Old Greenwich and Stamford is an independent real estate brokerage serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties since 2005 and we love it here! With over $1.2B in sales and approximately 85 agents who speak 25+ languages, BHGRE Shore & Country Properties is committed to client excellence, personal integrity, and is honored to work with the finest real estate agents in the business. Our culture is built upon the positive energy which is characterized by all of our achievements.

About RealtyQuest
With offices in Darien and Shelton, CT, RealtyQuest real estate agents provide property and home sale services to home buyers and sellers in Fairfield County and New Haven County. RealtyQuest is founded on superior home sale service. Our team approach to real estate sales provides both home buyers and sellers in Southern Connecticut with Realtor’s® that are backed by a team of associates providing complete coverage of the real estate transaction from beginning to end.

CONTACTS:
Jason Kinard ​​
Broker, Owner, BHGRE Shore & Country Properties
203-979-0920
jasonpkinard@gmail.com
website: KinardRealtyGroup.com ​ ​​
27 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
279 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Dave Epprecht
Broker, Owner, RealtyQuest
203-667-0350
David@RealtyQuest.com
website: RealtyQuest.com
30 Old Kings Highway South, Darien, CT 06820
30 Huntington Street, Shelton, CT 06484
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