Park Lane Road/Route 202 northeast of New Milford center doesn’t get the visit-and-shop buzz of the downtown and Route 7 south, and it’s busy enough that drivers don’t have a chance to notice interesting places to discover as they whiz by on their way to destinations elsewhere.
Where else can you find beautiful blankets, baby sweaters and baby hats that are hand-knit and crocheted by 101-year-old Maria Callahan, the mother of gift shop owner Patty Bowers?
These handmade originals are emblematic of the gift shop’s emphasis on offering creations by local artisans, as well as quality brands and items bearing Made in the USA labels.
The gift shop, which opened in 2019, features a wide range of lifestyle enhancements, from fine soaps and lotions to Bill Campbell pottery, Dana Herbert masks, jewelry, and bags, North Country wind bells, Ore Pet dishes and toys, Little Birdie pillows, and Northern Lights candles.
Tea Forte is a favored brand, and there are charcuterie boards and more from Picnic Time, fun socks, hand painted scarves, Rebecca Jewelry, and even loungewear and robes—and that’s only a partial listing!
Featured local artisans, among many others, include Goatboy Soaps, Honeybee Jewelry, Bonnie’s Beads, Mine Hill Woodworks, and Create a Castle, which made a splash during the holiday season with its successful appearance on “Shark Tank.”
“We want happy customers,” Bowers says on the gift shop website. “We will gladly accept the return of your unused item with accompanying receipt up to 21 days from the purchase date for a full refund.”
Not only that but there’s also complimentary gift wrapping and local delivery with 15 miles of the shop.
The Gift Shop of New Milford is just one of the places worth discovering along the Route 202 northeast corridor, also home to Gregory James Gallery at 149 Park Lane Road. Stay tuned for additional posts on our neighbors and follow the Destination 202 page on Facebook.