Shopping Around: February

New places and spaces around Greenwich



Photograph courtesy of Avenue Cafe

Raising the Barre

A hot fitness trend over the past year, the barre workout craze has hit Greenwich with a new boutique studio that’s the company’s first Connecticut location. Pure Barre classes blend Pilates, ballet and yoga with movements centered around the barre to sculpt your thighs, rear, abs and arms. “It’s all the areas that women want to work on,” says instructor and owner Ashley Allen, who has a background in gymnastics and tennis as well as at Pure Barre Philadelphia. “You get everything accomplished in one fifty-five-minute class.” During classes set to music, students use light weights, bands and a ball in addition to the barre, and no dancing experience is necessary. Because the workouts are low-impact and involve small isometric movements, people of all ages can benefit. Stretching happens throughout the hour, so while you feel the burn, your muscles won’t seem as tight the next day. “We see stretching and strength as equally important,” says Ashley, who says clients see results within ten classes. New clients can take unlimited classes, offered multiple times daily, for $125 for a month. There are also forty-class packs and options for three-, six- and twelve-month access.

280 Railroad Avenue, 203-489-3500; purebarre.com

A Cup Above

If you’re looking to recharge after shopping or you just want a relaxing spot to enjoy an espresso, cfcf roastery & café takes its coffee seriously. Inside this contemporary coffeehouse, there’s a massive metal machine imported from Italy that’s used to roast all of the beans, from places like Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Sumatra and Timor (for organic). “You’re looking at the Mercedes Benz of roasters,” says manager and coffee connoisseur Dan Palencia, who learned hand-roasting techniques from his Guatemalan grandmother. Barristas here will also brew custom blends—whether you want a little darker, a little sweeter, or the strongest cup you’ve ever tried. In addition to lattes topped with artistic milk-foam flowers, the crew specializes in a slow-brewing method that produces a single cup at a time, bringing out the subtle notes of the coffee. “Once you try the second or third sip, it’s all you’ll ever want,” says Palencia. Tea lovers can indulge in a fragrant Earl Grey, Sencha from Japan, and Ginger Peach, among other varieties. For noshing, there are sandwiches as well as croissants, pastries and scones from Balthazar and house-baked muffins. Kids love the old-fashioned hot chocolate made from real chocolate shavings.

118 Greenwich Avenue, 203-661-8300

Restaurant for all Reasons

When you want a quick bite but you’re also craving home cooking, avenue café serves up both. “Everything we prepare is from scratch,” says owner Denise Malpeso, “from house-roasted turkey breast for sandwiches and salads to fresh-squeezed orange juice.” Denise turned the former Katzenberg Kafe into a more modernized eatery and community hangout, with red leather banquettes, flat-screen TVs and iPads mounted on the walls. For a healthy fix, try the fresh fruit and veggie juices, yogurt smoothies or salad bar, where you can choose romaine, spinach, kale or field greens as a base and add vegetables, meats, cheeses and other toppings. Sandwiches such as buffalo chicken wrap, turkey and avocado BLT, hot pastrami on rye and juicy burgers remain favorites, and the five homemade soups daily are equally popular. For a sweet indulgence, there are decadent treats such as pies, M&M cookies, and fudge brownies that pair perfectly with the Illy coffee. Kids’ meals offer classic choices such as Dinosaur chicken nuggets or PB&J along with carrot sticks and apple slices. Need lunch or early dinner at your doorstep? Check out the seven-day-a-week delivery service.

342 Greenwich Avenue, 203-625- 0103; avenuecafe.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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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...


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