Shopping Around: November

Looking good: jewels, fitness, decor



photograph by Tony Falcone

Gem Dandy

Simon Teakle’s new jewelry shop on Grigg Street is a true extension of its owner. Part British heritage in its décor, with a globe pendant from Jamb of London and an overstuffed sofa with fringed trim, part contemporary with twentieth-century photographs lining the gray walls, its elegantly understated setting brings Teakle’s period gems and expert eye into focus. After years with Christie’s of London and New York (where he sold the Agra diamond and the Rockefeller sapphire) and more recently with Betteridge, Teakle decided to go solo. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it all happened because of this space,” says Teakle. “My aim is to create an environment with a low-key appearance on the street where people can come in and discover something lovely inside.” Those beautiful discoveries span the centuries: antique diamond flower corsage pins, nineteenth-century Chaumet sapphire-and-diamond drop earrings, an art deco 35-carat carved ruby ring circa 1925, a Cartier crescent diamond bracelet from the ’80s, pieces acquired from private collections, estates, auctions and other insider sources. He’s also carrying the contemporary line called Taffin by his friend James de Givenchy. Teakle adores matching pieces with individuals. “Jewelry is an extension of personality,” he says. “I want people to walk out knowing they’re really going to enjoy it, wear it, love it.” 4 Grigg Street, 203-769-5888, simonteakle.com

All the Right Moves

Combine Training

During a quick chat with the intensely focused Craig Vitale of combine training, an eight-time Ironman competitor, you get the notion that you, too, could become a marathoner or a triathlete—his motivation is that contagious. So imagine what it must be like to have him as a coach. In his new Combine Training space, Vitale and other trainers, including former NFL player, Vince Workman, and Luke Guanzon, work with all ages and levels, from kids on local sports teams to older adult runners to highly competitive triathletes. They use sophisticated methods and machines (an MRI for body conditioning) to test each client and then develop a program and set goals. “We’re all about coaching, putting the right program together for the client,” says Vitale. “We retest people after three months and hold them accountable to their goals.” A father of two boys, Vitale says, “kids are my driving force.” He currently works with Greenwich High football, Greenwich Country Day soccer, and the YMCA Marlins swim team, and also leads by example, competing in triathalons with the kids following his progress online and cheering him on. He aims to help clients excel at their sports of choice, whether running, biking, tennis or team sports. “We work on movement patterns that match the movements in your sport to build stability, strength and power.”  
469 West Putnam Ave., 203-717-1700; combinetrainingct.com

Light Show

room greenwich
photograph: Joseph De Leo

A bright, contemporary home-furnishings retailer is illuminating the Post Road’s Design District. room’s new Greenwich showroom is an outpost of the flagship store in Tribeca, founded by Amy Crain, a former Home & Garden editor. The new location was born from “a desire to have all our lighting in one place,” says Crain. Striking lighting like colorful Bocci glass globes, Lindsey Adelman’s sculptural glass and brass chandeliers, and her new woodchuck lamp with turned walnut shades—“it’s like a fantastic mobile for adults,” says Crain—hang from the super-high ceilings. Room also showcases the minimalist upholstered furnishings and case goods that Crain designs. The beauty of her line is that everything can be customized, from the cool linen sofas to the walnut console. Because the made-to-order pieces are built by local artisans and woodworkers, lead time is usually just six to eight weeks. In the showroom, “people can look at things as a starting point and then we’ll build to whatever they need,” says Crain, who creates 3-D drawings to give customers a clear picture of what the finished piece will look like. After all, she adds, “If you can have it tailored to fit your room, why not?” 36 East Putnam Ave., 203-557-9066; roomonline.com

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Cool and Collected ‘14

    2014.07.10
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    (Gallery 1) Featuring artists:  Carla Goldberg, Melanie Kozol, Francis Sills, and Eve Stockton Summer exhibition at Kenise Barnes...

  • Wine Time Social Hour

    2014.08.29
     @ Barcelona Wine Bar

    Fairfield Monday - Friday 3 - 6:30pm $5 select wines, $4 well drinks, $3 beers. 3 for $16 tapas Greenwich Monday - Friday 4 - 7...

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

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

    2014.05.03
     @ Bruce Museum

    May 3 – August 31, 2014 Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading...

  • 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...

  • Wine Time Social Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.27
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

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

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.26
     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

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

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

  • Polo Benefit for Hope

    2014.08.31
     @ Greenwich Polo Club

    For the second year in a row, Virginia's House of Hope is having a fundraiser at the Greenwich Polo Club! Join us on Sunday, August...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Animal Meet and Greet

    2014.06.22
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 22 - August 31, 3:30 - 4:00pm Stop by for a chance to meet one of our Overbrook Nature Center or Heckscher Farm animals up...

  • Bar: Live Music | Greenwich, CT

    2014.03.09
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    Join us in Greenwich every Sunday for live music and half-priced bottles of wine!

  • 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...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

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


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