RJ Julia, Madison Derek Dudek 31 Civvies Vintage, 845 Chapel St., New Haven. Civvies is a vintage boutique specializing in clothing and accessories from 1940’s – 1980’s. Open Tuesday- Sunday noon-6 p.m. 203-772-1728, civviesvintage.com Connecticut Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Rd., Milford. The largest mall in Connecticut! Conveniently located on Boston Post Road (Exit 39B off I-95). Offering over 130 stores to choose from including the most popular brands in fashion, beauty, dining & entertainment. 203-301-2240, shopconnecticutpostmall.com EBM Vintage New Haven, 839 Chapel St., New Haven. We are a vintage department store in downtown New Haven. A great place for unusual gifts or daily necessities. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 203-772-1728, ebmnewhaven.com Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. The Shop, open year-round, features unique handcrafts by American artists, including jewelry, accessories, ceramics, glasswork, fiber arts, home décor and more. All purchases benefit the GAC mission of supporting arts education and appreciation in the community. Open 7 days a week. 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org IKEA, 450 Sargent Dr., New Haven. 203-865-4532, ikea.com Museum Shop at YCBA, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. The Shop offers a wide variety of books on British art and culture, including scholarly and exhibition-related publications, as well as Center-branded tote bags and T-shirts, postcards of objects in the Center’s collection, boxed notecards, and exquisite stationery. Browse the stylish array of fine china, ties and scarves, pottery, designer and custom jewelry, watches, perfume, and many other unique and British-themed items. The children’s section offers books as well as craft kits, toys, and games. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 5 p.m. 203-432-2828, britishart.yale.edu/ visit/museum-shop As any seasoned shopper knows, the hardest thing to find is something truly exceptional. But that’s exactly what Greater New Haven offers: unexpected, unique shops on vibrant city streets and in iconic small towns. Window shoppers can duck in and out of one-of-a-kind shops on the quest for unusual and meaningful items. As you browse downtown New Haven, The Shops at Yale offer a wide array of stores from independent gems like Derek Simpson Goldsmith and Yurway to national brands including Apple and Patagonia. Summer of 2018 will see the opening of a 9,000-square-foot, two-level L.L.Bean retail store. Convenient is the perfect word for the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford. With familiar brands such as Macy’s, Gap, Sears and Target, you can pick up any essentials that were overlooked when packing. Shoreline towns such as Branford, Milford, Guilford and Madison offer endearing and eclectic shops surrounding Colonial-era town greens that are as lively as they were centuries ago. The greens offer a respite for exhausted shoppers and offer a great spot for kids to burn off some energy. The central corridor of the region is undergoing a renaissance as a result of new rail service. Soon visitors and residents alike will be able shop in areas around the lively train stations. Shopping Shoreline towns offer endearing and eclectic shops surrounding Colonial-era town greens Broadway at the Shops at Yale Steve Blazo