Simsbury Celebrates

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the annual Simsbury Celebrates festival; a magical time where downtown Simsbury turns into an early winter wonderland! Since it also coincides with Small Business Saturday, it was the perfect time to explore and do some Christmas shopping!

Via 9

Via NineI got to downtown Simsbury an hour before Simsbury Celebrates began, since I knew parking would be a challenge. I was itching to find some Christmas presents that were unique and “locally sourced”, and walking down Hopmeadow Street led me to a brand new shop called Via 9. Via 9 celebrates the unique and beautiful in everything. The building has gorgeous exposed brick, ductwork and hardwood floors, including a large mezzanine that is used for daily yoga classes! The store is on the first floor, and includes products made by artisans committed to sustainability. I was excited to find a soy candle scented with essential oils that will be the perfect Christmas gift! Continue reading “Simsbury Celebrates”


De-stress in Northampton

Catching Up

The past few weeks haven’t been too out of the ordinary. I had one weekend where I didn’t stray far from home. Then there was Halloween.  I had attempted to attend the New Britain Museum of American Art‘s Museum After Dark Halloween party that Friday night.  This event is SUPER popular: people come in amazing homemade costumes, and there are lots of fun things to do. This year was so packed that the event was sold out before 7 PM…and I hadn’t pre-ordered my ticket. Night one of Halloween weekend = bust. The next night, a group of my friends and I went to Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury for their Halloween party. I will admit to not being impressed with it; the contests they were holding were poorly organized and it took WAY too long to hand out the prizes for them.

After Halloween I went out to a Hartford Wolfpack game with one of my friends. We got dinner at Agave Grill beforehand, and it was DELICIOUS! I got the enchiladas, which I really enjoyed. Then…a little event called the Presidential election happened. Like a lot of people I know, the aftermath of the election really stressed me out. Fortunately, I found a way to escape: grab a bunch of my friends and go to Northampton! Continue reading “De-stress in Northampton”