In the south end of Hartford, Connecticut, there is a one-of-a-kind retail store that regularly stocks and sells a wide variety of handmade gift and craft items made and/ or grown exclusively by Connecticut businesses. Known as The Connecticut Creative – A General Store, this business is located in Colt Park, named for famed gunmaker Samuel Colt, who once owned the land.
The Connecticut Creative Store is situated within a large colonial brick house. This store is well- stocked with all sorts of high- quality products and is staffed by friendly people who are very knowledgeable about the many items that are sold at the store. A warm and relaxed atmosphere is offered at this gift and hand- made craft store in Hartford, Connecticut, which was formerly operated by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. The extensive selection of attractive, interesting and useful items available here often provides the impetus for shoppers to browse with great interest and enthusiasm. Although they are all of high quality, most of the products at The Connecticut Creative Store are reasonably priced.
For consumers seeking unique and stylish artisan jewelry, this gift and hand- made craft store regularly offers an array of creatively- designed pieces. Many types of bath and beauty products and handmade knit and woolen items, including scarves, sweaters and blankets are normally in- stock at The Connecticut Creative Store. Clothing items, such as T- Shirts and sweat shirts emblazoned with “Connecticut Grown” logos, hats and more are usually on- hand, as are dried flower arrangements and works of art by Connecticut artists. Books written by Connecticut authors are well- represented at this gift and hand- made craft store. Cookbooks, historical works, books about local attractions and points of interest are normally on the shelves of The Connecticut Creative Store. Other items that are often available at this store are stationery items, household goods, garden items, gift baskets, Christmas baskets and much more.
A virtual smorgasbord of Connecticut- made food products are regularly in- stock at The Connecticut Creative Store. Among the many types of delectable food products that are carried at this store are various types of sauces including BBQ sauces, fresh herbs, honey products, mustards, relishes, chutneys, salsas, marinades, nut butters, jellies, jams, preserves, dip mixes, chocolates, sodas and maple syrup products. The genuine maple syrups that are sold at The Connecticut Creative Store are extremely flavorful and are available in jugs and decorated bottles.
This nicely- decorated store regularly stocks many items that simply can’t be found at most commercial retailers. The handmade craftsmanship and very high quality of the various products at The Connecticut Creative Store set this store apart from other gift stores in the local area. Also located on- site here are the offices of the Hartford Botanical Garden project. The net proceeds from sales at The Connecticut Creative Store are used for funding the Hartford Botanical Garden project.
The Connecticut Creative Store is conveniently located close to I-91 and I-84 in Hartford and is also close to Hartford, Connecticut’s Little Italy section, home to many fine restaurants. Colt Park, where this charming gift and hand- made craft store is located, is a well- maintained expanse of land that is frequently used by local residents for many forms of recreation. The Connecticut Creative Store is open for business Tuesday through Saturday. The store can be reached at (860) 297-0112 or at hartfordbotanicalgarden.org/ccs/.