Did you know the real-life Mystic Pizza—the inspiration for the namesake cult-favorite film that put Julia Roberts and Mystic, Connecticut on the map—still slings pies to traveling tourists and townies? Then there’s the famed New Haven "apizza," as the adoring locals call it, a crispy descendent of Neopolitan-style pie with dark charred edges. Clearly, Connecticut is a state worth visiting for its pizza alone. But to find out what’s happening in the state beyond everyone’s favorite food group, we turned to quirky-cool creative agency The Bananaland and their friends at Hartford Prints, a bright retail and letterpress shop that embraces all things homegrown and handmade. Below, their picks for the best of made in Connecticut.
"Whether you’re spending a cozy night in or entertaining holiday guests, these candles add the perfect ambiance and festive scents."
"Hardenco makes your new favorite pair of jeans to rock with that ugly Christmas sweater! They also make beautiful totes and leather dopp-kits."
"Probably the coolest stock stuffers ever. You won’t be able to choose just one."
"Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or spiked 'nog – you’ll love to fill this cup with hot beverages and stay toasty (or toasted) all winter long."
"The perfect piece to dress up for a holiday gathering or dress down with a tee and jeans. You’ll light up the room any which way."
"If snow is your favorite, then you can’t be without one of these prints on your wall. Choose from three winter scenes that were part of a year-long photo project."
"Tees, totes, canvases and more with cool designs for everyone on your list! Or work with the artist to customize. Each is hand-printed with love and no two exactly the same."
"Forget the Christmas tree—you can build a whole room around one of these exceptional quilts. Truly a piece you’ll hand down for generations."
“Each pair is made with impeccable craftsmanship and detail—like a big hug for your feet.” [Ed note: for a truly impressive gift, get him a custom pair.”]