Where to Eat and Shop in Fairfield

The status report on where to eat and shop in Fairfield

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Downtown Fairfield is ideal hunting grounds to score stuff and soak in the social scene

1. Roll With It
Young, fit and bored—grab a board and switch to a West Coast frame of mind. One stop into Day One Skate Shop proves skateboarding is hot on this coast, too—the shop is run by enthusiasts who will help you pick out the right board for you, and an awesome one, too, that will make a personal statement as you roll up. 1138 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-331-9525; dayoneskateshop.com

2. Awwwh
Head to Magic Beans, and independently owned shop devoted to filling childhood with adorable toys and blankies and parenthood with awesomely cool strollers, car seats, high chairs and other essential baby gear. It’s bright and cheerful, too. 1530 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-692-4317; mbeans.com

3. Life’s a Beach
With designer swimwear and clothing in hip styles at Swim n Surf Shop, you’ll feel good about shopping for the beach. It's like a boutique in a resort town—well stocked and stylish. 43 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-6351; swimnsurfshop.com

4. Bag It
If you find us shopping at Party Party all the time, it is because owner Mary Thornton exemplifies what is best about Fairfield’s small businesses: They know what Fairfielders want. For example, we recently found Bella Bag ($25), a tote made of easy-to-clean coated cotton. They come in a bunch of adorable patterns and can be monogrammed. 14 Sanford St., Fairfield, 203-292-9277; partypartyfairfield.com

5. Bling it on
When we dropped into Jenny Boston recently, we were delighted to find pretty tops, preppy bags, cheery scarves and lots of coastal-inspired jewelry for everyday. Coral, turquoise, white, we found sunburst necklaces and drop earrings that were so reasonably priced, they were zero-guilt splurges. 1300 Post Rd., 203-292-6334; jennyboston.com

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