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A Shopping Guide to Fairfield: Black Rock

Have fun at the unique mom-n-pops of Black Rock

Photograph: Andrew Sullivan


Harborview Market

Part market, part breakfast and lunch spot, Harborview Market is a neighbor hangout. Wear flip-flops and shorts. Order a muffin and cup of coffee. Stay for a game of checkers. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch some live music. 

218 Harborview Ave., (203) 367-7336; harborviewmarket.com 

Food Stop 

Along Came Carol

Foodies, don’t miss this tiny place. Here you’ll find real-deal Carol Lentini in the kitchen whipping up tasty, real food. She does catering, coaching, classes, delivery and has even embraced the green movement (like cleanses with juices, soups and smoothies). Carol knows food and is a fun chat.

2984 Fairfield Ave., (203) 336-0414; carol-lentini.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com

Garden Center

J.P. Philbins

Whether you’re ready to make a big change to your landscape design or just want to fill in a flowerbed, you’ll find the supplies you need here. We love the gardening center’s garage-bay openings, which allow for an open, fresh feel while shopping. Inside you’ll even find art on exhibit—what a great idea! James is on hand, typically hauling stuff around, and ready to offer you the expert help you need along with a smile.

3369 Fairfield Avenue, (203) 814-6512 

Irish Bar

Brennan’s Shebeen Irish Bar & Grill

Lay down your worries. Meet up with friends at Brennan’s. Fun, very friendly, awesome food, live music—this place does everything it can to be the best neighborhood bar around. While waiting for the next round of drinks, enjoy checking out the old favorites on the menu. Every neighborhood should be so lucky to have a Brennan’s. 

2652 Fairfield Ave., (203) 870-9981; brennansshebeen.com


Port Coffeehouse

Refuel and cool off at the quaint Port Coffeehouse, where they’re serious about the brew. Organic, fair-trade beans and tea leaves mean one thing: “I’ll have an iced, fresh brew to stay (and, yeah, add a scone).” Feel life return to your weary bones in a comfy chair while fellow visitors check out the used books on the shelves or study mind-boggling schematics on their laptops. 

2889 Fairfield Ave., (203) 345-8885; portcoffeehouse.com

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