Find hot bargains this weekend when West Hartford Center and Blue Black Square merchants
host Winter Sidewalk Sale Days. The semiannual event features sales at dozens of
stores and deep discounts on a variety of seasonal merchandise. Official sale
days are Thursday through Saturday, but some businesses will be extending their
sales, so check with individual shops.
Shoppers have a new dining destination in Blue Back Square.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a chain of more than 280 restaurants across the country, has opened its first Connecticut location at 51 Memorial Road in West Hartford. Potbelly, which began in Chicago, features a menu of soups, salads, shakes, sandwiches and baked goods and live music by local musicians. Information: www.potbelly.com
There’s a new shopping destination in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. Gift-ology, a gift shop, has opened at 55 Memorial Road.
The store stocks such brands as Alex & Ani, Mariposa, Lolita Glassware, Uno de 50, Petra Azar, Yankee Candle, Story Jewelry, Farmhouse Fresh and Nora Fleming.
Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 .m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Information: www.gift-ology.net or 860-257-5700.
Celebrate a Chinese anniversary celebration at The Green Teahouse in West Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. Free festivities include Chinese food and tea sampling, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, ancient stone readings, health lectures and special discounts on teas, tea sets and other merchandise. (They’ll also be passing out free one-week passes for NYC Sports Club.) Green Teahouse is at 40 Isham Road in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. Information: 860-232-6666 or www.thegreenteahouse.com.
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at Green Teahouse’s free New Year’s celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Festivities include a Chinese food and tea sampling, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, mini-massages and special discounts on teas, tea sets and other merchandise. Green Teahouse is at 40 Isham Road in West Hartford’s Blue Back
Square. Information: 860-232-6666 or www.thegreenteahouse.comInformation: 860-232-6666 or www.thegreenteahouse.com.
One of the top sales events of the year takes place this weekend. Thursday through Saturday, July 12, 13 and 14, West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square merchants host West Hartford Sale Days, an annual sidewalk event that draws hordes of savvy shoppers. Stores, galleries and restaurants in the center and in the square participate, and the deals are hot. (Some stores continue the sales beyond Saturday; check with individual businesses for details and hours.)