Shopping  &  Specialty Retail

Boutiques, Local Merchants, Specialty Shops, Retailers & More.

From a walkable downtown to our picturesque backroads, Stafford is peppered with unique businesses that enhance the quality of life in our community. Predominately locally-owned, when you shop here you're supporting local - these are our friends, family, and neighbors. So enjoy the adventure of hunting for local artists, antiques, or fun finds among specialty shops. Once you do, we’re sure you’ll want to come back for more.

Independent, local merchants below are identified by following the shop name.


Our local businesses are embracing these uncertain times, creatively, and continuously adapting to changes in the world around us while offering versatile ways to shop. Please call or check the business website/Facebook page for updates on hours, operational procedures, and purchase options.

Thank you for supporting our locally-owned merchants!

Aubuchon Hardware Store #34

39 West Stafford Road

Your neighborhood paint and hardware store offering quality brands you trust and service you can count on. Open 7 days.

(860) 684-6828   |   hardwarestore.com   |   fb.com/AubuchonStaffordSpringsCT



Artful Annie's Gallery, Goods and Gifts   i

72 Main Street

Artful Annie's is an eclectic mix of fine art, sustainable fashion, handmade and vintage jewelry, as well as sewing and art supplies to act on your inspiration.

(860) 454-7678   |   fb.com/ArtfulAnniesOnMain



Artisans at Middle River   i

85 Main Street

A collaboration of thirty carefully curated Connecticut and New England artisans to bring you the loveliest of artwork in all genres and price points. A great place to shop for locally made gifts and products for your friends and family...or just for yourself!

(860) 933-3653  |   artisansatmiddleriver.com   |  fb.com/artatmiddleriver



Bittersweet Country Collectibles   i

63 West Main Street

It's a step into the past and is filled to the brim with decorating ideas and gifts! Lots of new merchandise is arriving weekly. Housed in one of Stafford, Connecticut's, original country stores, Bittersweet is a shop for all seasons offering: Antiques, Collectibles, Gifts, Home Accessories, and Primitive Furniture. The shop is open five days a week, year-round. 

(860) 684-5157  |   bittersweetcountrycollectibles.com   |  fb.com/bittersweet



Blazing Saddles Consignment Shop  i

85 Main Street

Saddle repair and fitting services. Blazing Saddles is stocked with used saddles, bridles and bits, and local artisans' work. Training for horse and rider. Horse trailering services. Be the calming member of your herd.

(860) 874-1229  |   lauraclamanequinesolutions.com  |  fb.com/lauraclamanequinesolutions   



Country Homestead   i

79 West Stafford Road

Early American and Farmhouse style home decor with Amish made furniture that's owner-selected from Lancaster, PA. The well-furnished shop is brimmed with reasonably priced furniture, ornaments, whimsical farm animals, primitive dolls, handmade placemats, prints of famous artworks, curtains, holiday décor, gift items, candles, and more!

(860) 716-0501  |   fb.com/thecountryhomesteadllc



Dollar General

111 West Stafford Road

Bargain retail chain selling a range of household goods, groceries, beauty products & more.

(860) 458-3140   |   dollargeneral.com   |   fb.com/dollargeneral

Family Dollar Store #23070

63 West Stafford Road

Small-format value and convenience retailer serving the needs of customers in the community.

(860) 684-9187   |   familydollar.com   |   fb.com/familydollar



ESP Pottery   i

58 Main Street

At ESP Pottery, artist Teri Herel hand-makes unique, elegant gifts in creamy white stoneware with bright glazes and sparkling accents.  In the heart of Main Street in Downtown Stafford Springs, Connecticut, you can stop in to browse Teri's pottery or even explore your inner artisan with ongoing group lessons and customized individual workshops. The pottery's lower level studio is dedicated to students and classes. This unique and fun studio space has a great view of Middle River, a three-foot deep rock wall underneath Main Street, and an occasional gigantic train that runs four feet from the back door.

esp-pottery.com   |  fb.com/esppottery

Mallard's Nest   i

17 Crystal Lake Road (Route 30)

Family-owned and operated for 40 years, the Mallard's Nest is a classic antique, art, and collectibles shop offering an eclectic mix of antiques, restored and recreated vintage, and invented objects. Our furniture, glass, tools, decorative, collectible, and other items are obtained locally and reflect a variety of styles and ages.  The store covers a broad spectrum of finds and there is something to capture everybody's fancy.

(860) 684-3837   |    mallardsnest.com  

OrchardWorks   i

13 Furnace Avenue

The makers of fine hand-crafted wands! Specializing in features a lathe simply cannot produce, using exotic woods from all over the world. The shop is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day, and until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. 

(413) 318-4679   |    OrchardWorksCT.com   |    fb.com/OrchardWorks



Raven Artistic Cooperative Emporium, Art and Gift Gallery   i

63 West Main Street

Unusual, quirky, and eclectic gifts, from original paintings, prints on cards, handcrafted jewelry, faerie houses, bleach died T-shirts, repurposed fabric handbags, and more. Additionally, the shop offers wellness, nutrition, spiritual and healing services.

(413) 505-8838   |    fb.com/63MainRaven



Rustology Antiques & Oddities   i 

21 Main Street
A destination to explore an ever-changing labyrinth of unusual antiques! The two-floor shop features industrial, post-modern, mission, military collectibles, vintage jewelry and clothing, oddities, and much more. Rustology also buys antiques, from single items to whole estate clean-outs, and offers estate maintenance services. The shop is arranged in an old school way, with limited glass cases and aisles packed with merchandise, inviting a hands-on, treasure-hunting experience.  

(860) 942-6233  |   rustologyantiques.com  |  fb.com/rustology.antiques



Small Town Treasures   i

4 Main Street

Cozy gift shop with an inventory of items from local crafters, artisans, and small businesses - a great selection of unique products that support local makers. The shop also specializes in custom orders, including t-shirts, wine glasses, key chains, signs, and more. 

(860) 874-6694   |   fb.com/smalltowntreasuresstafford



Stafford Community Thrift Shop   i

2 River Rd. #101

Located in the Cooley Mill Building next to Town Hall, the store has been proudly serving the community since 1972 and features an array of gently used clothing, gifts, small furniture, and household items.

(860) 684-6121   |   staffordct.org/news.php?table=news_social&id=133



Three Graces Vintage   i

54 West Stafford Road

High quality affordable vintage fashion for men and women from the 1940s through the early 1990s. Specializing in vintage clothing for everyday wear and that special occasion. Vintage to express your individual and creative personalities!

(860) 372-0797  |   fb.com/ThreeGracesVintage



Tractor Supply Company

54 West Stafford Road

Neighborhood rural lifestyle store, providing pet supplies, livestock feed, power equipment, workwear and more. Their team of experts, better known as your neighbors, is proud to bring you the products and seasoned advice you need.

(860) 372-0797   |   tractorsupply.com   |   fb.com/Tractor-Supply-Co-106280494286827



Yankee Upholstery    i

1 River Road

Full-scale upholstery craftsmanship for shop for home, auto, recreational equipment, and commercial projects. The showroom features hundreds of sample books and some of the most unique and beautiful fabrics from around the world and the U.S.A.

(860) 684-6233   |   fb.com/imakeoldfurniturenewagain

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