From the Editor: Giving You the 411



Bob Capazzo

My mother was one of those women who always knew about the best deals, most obscure boutiques and coolest hidden gems. In fact, over the years it earned her the nickname “The 411 Lady.” If you wanted the gold leaf on the frame of great grandma’s portrait touched up, she had the guy. Or if you were looking for an honest mechanic who would actually deliver your car to you, he was in her Rolodex. If you needed to replace the broken, impossible-to-find finial on that antique lamp, she had the shop.

These weren’t people you could find by searching online or flipping through the yellow pages. They were usually down some odd alley, tucked away in the warehouse district or required a special knock and password (okay, I’m kidding about the last one…kind of). All that knowledge didn’t come over night. It took a lifetime of living and exploring. Consider this issue your personal 411 Lady. For months, our writer Riann Smith, the staff of this magazine, friends and editorial advisors collected interesting tidbits, well-kept secrets and fun facts to present to you in our second annual Insider’s Guide to Greenwich.

There’s a ton of good stuff here—from the yoga teacher, swim instructor and dog trainer that our mom friends swear by to the perfect place to pick up dinner and pawn it off as your own to a shop that will match the signature red on the soles of your Louboutins to make them skid proof. (But the find that got this office buzzing louder than a hive of excited bees is the half-price Botox.) In addition to our great finds, we’ve also got plenty of interesting fodder that’ll help make you a champ if Greenwich is ever a Jeopardy category. Check out the fast facts (how did Byram get its name?), the Avenue by the numbers (how many parking tickets are issued annually?) and our town quiz (what was the average cost of a home in 1978?).

This year marks sixty-five years of GREENWICH Magazine (launched in 1947 as the Greenwich Social Review). For all of these decades, this magazine has been the go-to guide for our residents. Though we have evolved with the times, there is one thing that will never change. That is our focus on what matters to you—the people, places and nuances that are the reasons we choose to call Greenwich home. And what better way to celebrate that mission than to kick off 2012 with our Insider’s Guide? I’m pretty sure even my mom would learn a thing or two from it.

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Greenwich Agenda

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  • Richards: Semi Annual Sale | Greenwich, CT

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     @ Richards of Greenwich

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     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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  • Exhibit: Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing | Greenwich, CT

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  • Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays!

    2014.06.30
     @ ELLELA Cosmetics & Lashes

    Our Summer Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays are back at ELLELA Cosmetics! Hit the top of Greenwich Ave from 4pm to 8pm for the BEST Blowouts before...

  • Tree-Mendous Treks

    2014.07.10
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Thursdays, July 10 - August 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm After visiting our new exhibit, TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees, join one of...

  • Wine Time Social Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.27
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    $4.00 select wines, $4.00 well drinks, and $3.00 beers.

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

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  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Seaside Center: Coastal Scavenger Hunt

    2014.07.03
     @ Seaside Center

    Timed for low tide exploration. A scavenger hunt for nature’s treasures. 11:00 am: July 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28 3:00 pm: June 26, July...

  • Seaside Center: Seaweed Pressing

    2014.07.18
     @ Seaside Center

    Look at the different seaweeds around Greenwich Point and learn about their role in the marine ecosystem. We will end with a seaweed pressing...

  • Seaside Center: Arts and Crafts

    2014.07.18
     @ Seaside Center

    Let your creativity float free! Practice the art of Gyotaku fish prints; make a sundial, a shell wind chime, or fish bowl! Activities vary every...

  • Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.09
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    Each Friday we feature new wines just released and new to market for you to have an opportunity to taste and learn about through our sponsored...

  • College Application Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.08.02

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • SAT & ACT Prep Classes

    2014.08.02
     @ Greenwich Education Group

    If you are planning on taking the SAT or the ACT in October or November, this is an ideal time to start your preparation! Once school begins,...

  • Greenwich: Creativity for Kids Hosts Creativity Day

    2014.08.02
     @ Smart Kids

    As a part of their U.S. movement, Creativity for Kids and Faber-Castell will be hosting a special Creativity Can event at Smart Kids on August...

  • Fabulous Forests Summer Family Campout

    2014.08.02
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, August 2, 5:30 pm - Sunday, August 3, 9 am Discover the wonders of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center "after hours"...

  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

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