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Helping Fairfield County residents discover the best of wellness and lifestyle. We feature local female entrepreneurs to inspire you!

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  • Sherri Bartley Rivera

Updated: Dec 7, 2021



We are so excited to share with you some of our favorite items this holiday season. These owners are rock stars in our community! They employ our kids, neighbors and friends. And they make our community a sought after place to live. Please consider shopping with these businesses this holiday season. The owners will do a happy dance if you do!



Bridgewater Chocolates are delicious, handmade, American-style chocolates with European-quality ingredients and recipes. Exquisitely boxed in hinged boxes and beautiful bows, the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself this holiday season. Orders may be placed online at Bridgewater Chocolate or at the Bridgewater Chocolate Box Shop located on 11 Church Lane in Westport open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. The Westport location includes a signing station with beautiful stationary to write a special note to a loved one!



Elevate your hair to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle at H Salon. Starting with the moment you walk in, you will feel the positive vibe. Owners Marisa and Jackie are passionate in all that they do; they make it their mission, as do their stylists, to offer good service which starts with good communication. Book your holiday styling today or purchase a gift card for that special someone!


Traveling Chic Boutique, a stylish boutique with three convenient Connecticut locations Brookfield, Oxford and New Milford. Owner Bobbi Jo Beers carries an array of hand-curated women's clothing, jewelry, handbags, beauty, home decor, gifts and more. Bobbi Jo hosts fundraisers, donates baskets and loves to help the community any way she can. We love her holiday sweaters and faux fur vests!



Earth Animal, everyone's home for healthy, all-natural pet products, pure and simple. Merritt and Abbey Goldstein have this inviting store stocked for all your holiday pet treats. From veterinary formulated pet food, to dog treats (dog cookies that look delicious to the most discerning human animals) to pet toys the perfect store for all your holiday pet needs! And did we mention that 1% of all annual net sales are donated to like-minded organizations!


Luxury portrait photographer, Marta Muryn will capture you in a Vanity Fair style that will rival no other! She will guide you every step of the way: from consultation, to makeup, hair and wardrobe. Treat that special someone or yourself to an incredible photo experience with Marta Muryn Portrait!

Tracey Miller and her husband Gregg own the first iCRYO location in Connecticut, iCRYO Fairfield. Tracey was a nurse for over 30 years. Tracey wanted to be on the other side of the spectrum and help patients maintain their health. Her passion for wellness and serving others is evident and makes iCRYO Fairfield such a welcoming place! Need some rejuvenation during the busy holidays, swing by iCRYO for some much needed "me time" or purchase a gift card for a loved one.


Wildbloom Skincare, all-natural skincare made with minimum ingredients that provide maximum results made right here in Wilton, CT! Skincare for all skin types, safe for the entire family!


Olive My Stuff, a trendy consignment boutique in downtown Fairfield has designer brands for girls, tweens, teens and trendy women. In addition to consignment items, owner Ali Papageorge also carries new items that are fun and the latest must-haves.


NaturalAnnie Essentials is a black woman owned and family operated lifestyle soy candle company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Pure soy candles with a feel-good vibe! These candles are sure to lift your mood with vibrant scents and make a wonderful gift!


Face Factor is a party game where players read aloud three scenarios and act out one using only their facial expressions while others guess which scenario from the card is being acted out. A unique holiday gift your fun crew is sure to enjoy!

CAPRI Fairfield, a top premiere women's boutique on the Post Road in Fairfield. The friendly staff will assist you in picking out the perfect holiday outfit. Effortlessly classic modern fashion!

Pure Poetry is jam-packed with gift ideas and the owner, Portia Antonio, handpicks all of the items in her gift shop including many from local artisans. Jewelry, home decor, ornaments, clothing, candles... we could spend all day looking through the fun items at Pure Poetry. And check out Pure Poetry's warm n cozy nook with gloves, scarves and more to keep you warm this winter! Plus, hot cocoa bombs and mugs - great hostess and holiday gifts!


Mary Ann Tooker, founder of Daisy Bella, a clothing company that empowers women to find their confidence in being themselves. Based out of Stamford, CT, all their products are ethically-made, sweat-shop free, eco-friendly, and produced in the USA. This past year Mary Ann sponsored two students to attend camp through Girls Inc. She sent the students anonymously. With Daisy Bella’s success, Mary Ann will be doing a whole lot more of that!

10% of Daisy Bella’s profits go to charities helping women and people in need. Check out her amazing T-Shirts (Sherri is wearing the Daisy Bella "Be You" T-shirt in next picture!) and other apparel and "Be The Change!"

As it starts to get cold, it's the perfect time to purchase Shady Lady's trendy beanies! Allyson, creator of Shady Lady, also offers her perfect-fitting trucker hats. The must-have gift for a friend or yourself! We love our Shady Lady hats, they are a weekend outfit staple! Available online or at Macy's!



Wisdom & Youth located in Westport is a boutique MedSpa owned by Brittany Eaton. She focuses on treating the client as a friend to find out what brought them in and how she can improve their quality of life by addressing specific concerns. This Pucker Up Lip Treatment is the perfect stocking stuffer, and by the way, we love it!!!


At Everything Labeled you'll find a label for everything! Eunice, creator of Everything Labeled, offers custom vinyl labels, to drinkware to gifts. A custom label can make an ordinary item extraordinary with a label. We just ordered Everything Labeled wine glasses for Friendsgiving, the best party favor!


Elissa will create for you the perfect hostess gift, a lovely birthday gift for someone special, a custom planter or just something to brighten your day. Whether it is a beautiful centerpiece, a lovely terrarium that tells a story, these arrangements will bring you joy! Imaginariums by Elissa


Beautiful sunrises captured by photographer Hilary Carr creator of Connecticut Sunrises. These notecards are made from high quality card stock. Hillary's passion for early morning sunrises shared in all Occasion uplifting notecards and are sold at CAPRI!


Beth Nori of Nori Studios creates abstract paintings based on colors and patterns found in the world around us. Her background is in branding and packaging design for both local and multi-national brands. She has a passion for what she does and a true love of all design. In the past few years she has rediscovered the joy of getting her hands dirty and creating for the pure love of it. Whatever she does… design, painting, or illustration… she aims to create work that makes the world a little brighter and a happier place to be!


Winter fashions, accessories and more from @charmedlifenark! Looking for a stylist to help you choose your holiday outfits and edit your closet? Contact Nina King for a closet refresh! Check out her online boutique for stylish and affordable fashion here!

Hinkle's Twinkles is a cookie company based in Fairfield by Jen Hinkle. Fun Fact: The name Hinkle's Twinkles was originally the nickname for the Hershey's Kiss-shaped street lamps in Hershey, PA, the brainchild of Jen's husband's grandfather! Order your holiday cookie decorating kit today!



Team Woofgang & Co. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 with a retail store at 1300 Post Road in downtown Fairfield. Their mission is to provide vocational training for adults with disabilities, while educating our community about the need for increased job opportunities for these individuals one dog treat at a time. This holiday season consider the gift that gives twice. In addition to their popular, gluten-free pupper nutter patties, they carry pet toys, blankets, Fairfield Beach t-shirts & sweatshirts. Lots of additional accessories and fun gifts for everyone on your list. All proceeds go directly back into funding their program which allows them to provide these essential services to their members at no cost to them or their families.

Kindred Spirits and Wine is a locally owned and operated shop with four locations in Fairfield County—Fairfield, Westport, Monroe, and Shelton. The superior staff is well-educated in the wine, spirits and beer industry and they have curated the shelves with known favorites, along side a tremendous selection of specialty items from around the world. Their personal service and attention to detail is superb offering assistance with parties and special events as well as gift selection and online ordering for curbside pickup or delivery. For the holidays they have pre-assembled gift packages and they can create a personalized gift basket or box of your choosing. As an active member of the community, they continue to support local businesses and help raise funds for non-profit organizations.

Tis the season of giving and getting and with a little help from Massage Envy Fairfield, you can tackle your shopping list and the holiday crowds with ease! Until December 31st, when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $20 promo card FREE*! Call or stop by to check your special someone off your holiday shopping list today! *Offer available in-location only, now through December 31, 2021.


Meet Nancy Ross, a practicing Attorney for the past 30+ years. She has found a new passion in skincare! Joining Stanford trained dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields was the best thing she ever did. They use their expertise and knowledge to formulate products that work. Everyone has access to dermatology inspired skincare with clinically proven, visible results. Nancy loves that she is helping everyone to actually see changes in their own skin, gain confidence and get the best skin of their lives! Wishing everyone a happy , healthy & peaceful holiday season.


Meet Bonnie Phillips of B. Young. She is an artist and makes high quality scented candles and beaded jewelry. As much as she enjoys making candles, that is not her only hobby. In fact her first love, is jewelry design. She's been designing and selling beaded jewelry for over 25 years and I’ve been repairing beaded jewelry for local jewelers for 15 years. All of her creations can be found on Etsy at https://Etsy.com/shop/byounghandmade. From hostess gifts, to teachers gifts, to something special for yourself, she's got a variety of special goodies for all of your holiday needs.


Looking for the perfect gift for the golfer in your life? Links Drinks, a local Fairfield company, has created a ready to drink Transfusion cocktail in a can. The golf club classic is made with vodka, ginger ale and grape juice. Sold in “foursome” packs, these 12oz. cans are gluten free and have a 7% abv. On the course, beach, boat or home with friends you can now enjoy this golf tradition anywhere!


Chad Anderson is a Bridgeport CT based photographer and the creative mind behind Phandles – interactive music photo candles. Phandles offer a unique immersive experience – aromatherapy, candlelight, musical soundscapes and unique images. All photographs featured are Chad’s own. Each candle includes a unique QR code. Scan the code using the (free) Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet to play the live or studio album associated with each photo. Set the mood, get yourself or someone you love a Phandle today!


Caryn Mirgorodsky offers Pampered Chef Zoom, In Person and Facebook Cooking Events. She teaches fun tips while showing off her line of Pampered Chef products, those who Host for her earn free Pampered Chef products. Please feel free to reach out to Caryn, she can help pick holiday gifts for any budget. You may view her website here.









Meet sisters, Merritt and Abbey Goldstein, the powerhouse duo running Earth Animal.


Their parents Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein are pioneers in the pet industry, creating the first natural pet store which housed only the very best products, containing only the purest and natural ingredients without any side effects. The Goldsteins' focus has been to develop natural foods, supplements and treats. Their mission is dedicated to improving the quality of life for dogs and cats.



We asked Merritt about when she started working at Earth Animal: “We have been doing business for over 42 years in Westport, CT. It has been our passion and mission, dedicating our lives to healing dogs and cats with nutrition, diet and our very own branded veterinarian formulated supplements, that my father formulated. I was in college 25 years ago, and my Mom asked me to come home and help out at our Earth Animal Store for the summer. Strangely enough, I never left I think it was in my DNA! I realized I had the same passion for helping animals as my mother and father did. It has been a very rewarding journey to say the least. We love what we do and being in the community has been a wonderful experience! We are grateful for the local support and friendships we have made along the way.”


When you walk around Earth Animal, the store is like walking through Disney World for pet owners. There are inspiring quotes on the walls, colorful displays of food products, friendly staff eager to assist customers and fun cookies that easily rival what you’d find a human bakery!



Another wonderful aspect of their business is that Earth Animal supports local and gives back generously to the community. Abbey organizes the Earth Animal Market every Friday, 12:00-4:00pm, an outdoor market featuring local businesses.




Their current fundraising project is the Mitten Project benefiting Connecticut Foodshare. CT Foodshare provides nutritious meals for families experiencing food insecurity. To donate go to https://gofund.me/8b6473e1



The sky is the limit for Merritt and Abbey, we can hardly wait to see what they are working on next!


  • Sherri Bartley Rivera

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Trendy bags alert @knotsoneuclid



Meet Erika Burling, creator of @knotsoneuclid! A lifelong crafter, Erika wanted to try something new during quarantine and stumbled upon macrame. She loved macrame so much she began making items and giving them as gifts to family and friends. Then a neighbor suggested she participate in the Stratfield neighborhood Shop and Stroll last November and the rest in history! She received so much support from the community that her hobby evolved into her small business!



An important part of Erika’s business is that she only uses recycled fibers; it’s very important to Erika to do what she can to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Originally from Philadelphia, she moved to San Francisco followed by NYC and Brooklyn. She’s held various corporate jobs in retail and children’s publishing. While in Brooklyn she met her husband and had a son. In Erika’s spare time you may see her cheering at her son’s soccer games!



One of Erika’s favorite products she makes are the bags on handles. And Erika makes the handle purses in her studio, in her car at soccer practice, vacation (shhh!) and anywhere in the house where her family is hanging out.

We asked Erika about staying positive: “The positive feedback from my customers always humbles me and keeps me motivated. Also, I’ve met so many wonderful vendors this year that are new to running small businesses. Having those connections is so instrumental in running your own business, we’re all in it together and can vent, ask questions and be supportive!”



Fun Fact: Erika is a Deadhead and lived in Northern CA for over 10 years. She went to close to 200 Dead shows when she was younger!

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Hot off the press: Erika now offers monogramed bags! Swipe to see!