Holiday PopUp Bar at Fortina in Stamford

From November 25th – December 24th, Fortina will turn into a festive holiday hideaway for one month’s time, simply called Miracle. This beloved holiday bar is in partnership with the original location; one of the recently named, World’s Best Bars, MACE in NYC. Miracle at Fortina will bring merriment to Stamford this year offering a speciality menu of holiday cocktails served in whimsical vessels, because yes – drinking a cocktail out of Santa’s head tastes so much more delicious. With a drinks list created by globally respected and award winning bartender, Nico de Soto, (Mace NYC, Danico Paris) Miracle will be a Santa’s grotto of frivolousness embracing the spirit of the season with a classic yuletide playlist and libations such as the Christmapolitan; a twist on the Cosmopolitan made with vodka, fig and spiced cranberry sauce. In addition to Stamford, Miracle will appear in 19 additional locations across the globe! Don’t miss this super-fun holiday-themed experience in Fairfield County!

Check out the ice-cool cocktails offered at Miracle!

2016 Miracle Holiday Pop-Up Menu

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vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, fig bitters

Muletide
Linie Aquavit, Oloroso Sherry, ginger syrup, lime juice, pumpkin pie soda
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bourbon, Becherovka, spiced syrup, Angostura bitters

Brazen Blitzen
gin, pine liqueur, vanilla syrup, lime juice, mint, club soda

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hot milk punch with Barbados rum, Trinidad overproof rum, Batavia Arrack, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond milk, eight spices, coconut water, coconut oil

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cacao nib infused reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez sherry, maple syrup, black walnut bitters

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Barbados rum, cachaca, Trinidad overproof rum, pumpkin-almond orgeat, lime juice

Jingle Ball Nog
brown butter fat-washed cognac, Amontillado sherry, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg, nutmeg

Mulled Wine Sour
Pedro Ximenez sherry, rye, sweet vermouth, Madeira, clove syrup, orange acid, egg white

Nice Shot
gingerbread spiced rye

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cinnamon infused bourbon

Miracle at Fortina, 120 Washington Blvd., Stamford

From Computers to Candles! Mama Bear Candle Company in CT

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Mama Bear Candles is a Connecticut-based company that grew out of a desire to slow down and do something new. Founder Kate Jones hand-pours fragrant soy-based candles. Here, she talks about her company and transition from computer guru to candle entrepreneur.

Fairfieldista: Your story is really interesting! You went from being a tech company to making candles – decidedly low tech! How did that happen?
Kate: We actually still have our tech company… MoonBase3… our goal is to phase it out over the next year or so and focus on Mama Bear.
We started the tech company because it was the obvious answer given my partner and my skill set. The reason we want to switch is quite simple: We wanted a change. We want a slower pace and with a product that is tangible. You make it, someone buys it…BOOM, done. Not an 8 month project cycle, where there is continuous back and forth with clients. That kind of life is draining and we want a change.

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Fairfieldista: Do you sell at retail or online only?
Kate: We sell online, but have a few retail locations that sell our candles. We’d like to get into more stores.

Fairfieldista: What makes your candles unique?
Kate: They are really well engineered. So before we launch we spent a lot of time perfecting the candles. Not just the smell, but the wick ratios and the melt pools, trying many different combinations until we got a candle that burns perfectly and smells amazing.

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Fairfieldista: Why soy?
Kate: Green and Healthy. Paraffin is petroleum based.

Fairfieldista: Tell us about the different candle scents!
Kate: We currently have 21 different scents when you include our fall scents. There is a big variety because everyone has different preferences. We want to make sure we have a candle for everyone, hence the big variety. The main buckets are Citrus, Floral, Masculine, Sweet, Clean and of course the Seasonal.

Mama Bear Candles can found at mamabearcandles.com

Adult Halloween Happenings in Fairfield County

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Costumes and cocktails…where are you going to celebrate Fairfield County’s spookiest night?

Johnny Utah’s

80 Washington St, Norwalk

203-299-0711

JohnnyUtahsSono.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Boos & Booze

Open Bar 9pm – 11pm

$20 for the first 50 people & then price increases

Music by Rob Newberry

Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap & Trick or Treat Shot Games! https://buyblitztickets.com/6bqRo

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead

Pre-purchase your tickets for VIP Entry & Drink Specials!

Ryan DjRyfy Feinstein

Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

& the Best Sugar Skull!

https://buyblitztickets.com/pWCIO

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

The Devil went down to Utah’s

$30 Open Bar from 8pm – 10pm

DJ VITO G

Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

https://buyblitztickets.com/reoPY

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Family Scare

Kids eat FREE from 4pm – 9pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Face painting & bobbing for apples.

 

 

 

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Point Road, Stamford

203-883-8282

SignofthewhaleCT.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

2nd Annual Pumpkin Tap Takeover

Live Jazz & DJ Fumach

Flip Cup with prizes

Specialty Pumpkin Beers on Tap

Pumpkin Themed Menu Specials

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Oktoberfest

DJ Mazz

Sam Adams Hoisting Challenge with prizes

Specials — Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Sauerkraut, Jumbo Pretzel with Guinness Pub Cheese

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Costume Party

DJ Mazz

Costume Contest with prizes

$5 Jack-o-Blast shots

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Mischief Industry Night

DJ Mazz

Half priced pumpkin draft beers

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Trick or Treating at The Whale

Whale mascot & photographer

Free c&y for guests in costume

All you can eat crab legs $29.95
All beers $5

Bar B Q

15 Clark St, Stamford

203-316-0278

BarBQstamford.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Halloween Kickoff Party

DJ Mazz

$3 Bud Lights

$4 Fire Ball & Captain Morgan

$5 Mixed Drinks

First drink free if in costume

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Haunted Hoedown

DJ KC

Costume Contest

First place winner drinks free for one year!

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Bash

DJ Frankie D

$15 Open Bar 9pm – 10pm, purchase online

No cover before 10pm

Best Individual Costume wins trip to Vegas or Cancun

Best Group Costume wins $500 Cash

 

TerraSole

3 Big Shop Lane, #1, Ridgefied

203-438-5352

Terrasoleridgefield.com

 

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Nov. 3

Halloween Dining Specials

Offered for two weeks will be an array of Italian favorites highlighting the season’s best flavors. A sampling of specials include:

 

Zuppa Di Zucca

Pumpkin soup crème fresh topped with Rock Shrimp and spicy tomato pumpkin seeds

 

Gnocchi Di Zucca Fatti in Casa Con Gamberoni E Capesante Salsa Di Cocco

Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Rock Shrimp & Bay Scallops in a Coconut sauce

 

Spigola Con Fagioli in Tempura

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass served over parmigiano risotto cake topped with tempura haricot verts

 

 

Room 112

112 Washington St, South Norwalk

203-939-1347

Room112sono.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween Masquerade Costume Contest Presented by LukeJohn Promotions

Drag performances by Hostess Lucia Virginity, Sylvia Heart, & Scarlett Bleu

Music by Young Male Genius

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Beautiful Nightmare

9:30 pm – 2:00 am

DJ DoubleT & HOT 93.7’s DJ Santo

Costumes Mandatory

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

SINdustry Sunday

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Eric Kupper

Dancin’ Mark

Richie Dio

Complimentary Kettle One Bloody Marys & Mimosas 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Sushi Brunch 1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Crave

52 Sanford St, Fairfield

203-292-8080

Crave52.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead Party

DJ Gruv

Captain Morgan Girls serving Jac-O Blast shots for $5

$7 Kettle One Drinks

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Party

Dj Exel

Titos Vodka Promotion

Titos Give Away

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Nerd Fest

DJ Excel

Kettle one Promotion

Give Aways

$5 Jac-O Blast & Jameson Shots

Costume Prizes

Staff will be dressed as nerds

  Café Xpresso

150 S Main St, Newtown

203-304-9955

CafeXpressonewtown.com

Thursday, Oct. 27 – Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Costume & Specials Event

Customers that visit in costume get a Complimentary Medium Drink.

Halloween Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookie Specials

Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint

7 Wall Street, Norwalk

203-831-0399

PeachesNorwalk.com

Saturday, Oct. 29

NOLA Style Masquerade Party

Music by Otis & the Hurricanes

Drink Specials, Giveaways, Costume Prizes

L’escale & Delamar Greenwich Harbor

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich

L’escale Reservations: 203-461-4600

Hotel Reservations: 203-661-9800

Friday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Oct. 29

L’escale Halloween Soiree

9pm – 1am, $65 per person

Evening of cocktails & costumes featuring live music & open bar

Best costume wins a magnum of wine selected by l’escale’s sommelier

 

Halloween Hotel Package

•    Overnight stay for two Friday, Oct. 28

•    Welcome glass of champagne

•    Two tickets to the l’escale Halloween Soiree

•    Continental breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 29

Package rates from $329

  J House Greenwich

1114 E Putnam Ave, Riverside

203-698-6980

JHouseGreenwich.com

 Halloween Costume Ball

Friday, October 28

8pm – 12am, $25/ticket, including admission & 1 drink

Costume Contest, DJ, Dancing

Special Room Rate: $189 + tax, including admission

  Bodega

1700 Post Road, Fairfield

203-292-9590

980 Post Road, Darien

203-655-8500

BodegaTacoBar.com

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Monday, Oct. 31

Special Menu available with 10% of sales being donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Espolon “YOLO” Party

8:00 pm

Tequila Tasting & Specials

Pig Roast

Panna Musik & Dancing

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Best Day of the Dead Party

8:00 pm

Pig Roast

Espolon Tequila Specials

DJ

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

Can Reading Make You Healthier?

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Can reading improve your health? According to science, it sure can. Sally Allen, award-winning author of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers (Griffins Wharf, November 2015), will share a variety of ways reading can positively affect your well-being on Friday, October 14 from 11:45 – 12:30 pm at the Westport Weston YMCA (Schine Meeting Room), 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport. The author’s Wellness Talk will be followed by a book signing and door prize giveaway. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome.

In addition to discussing the health benefits of reading, Allen will also address curating a reading list and unique book clubbing ideas. A lifelong avid reader, Allen is a writer, college instructor, book group moderator and founder and editor of the book news website, Books, Ink at Hamlethub. She holds a PhD in English Education and MA in English Literature and has taught expository writing, literature, and communications to undergraduates at New York University, Fairfield University, and Post University. The author also facilitates private book group discussions, and her writing about books has appeared in print and online magazines and news sites. Allen’s experiences as a reader, writer, and teacher collectively led to Unlocking Worlds.

“I’m excited to share ways in which books can enrich lives and improve health. My joy — whether through writing my book, serving as the Editor of Books, Ink, or leading presentations such as this Wellness Talk — is to generate conversation with and among book lovers,” said Allen.

For more information on Sally Allen or to reserve her for an appearance, visit www.sallyallenbooks.com

The Perfect Fall Read! The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

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The only thing we like more than pie, is a great book about pie. Well, mabye…but the point really is that fall is a great time to curl up with a book, a slice of pie, and a mug of tea and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller is a delightfully delicious book to do it with!

The story opens at the 150th anniversary of the Emerson Club, an exclusive club where Olivia Rawlings is the head pastry chef. As she presents a flaming baked Alaska to a packed room of Boston’s elite, she accidentally sets the room aflame. Distraught over the loss of her job, she and her golden retriver, Salty, flee the city for Guthrie, Vermont, home to her best friend and a fierce apple pie contest. When the owner of a local hotel, The Sugar Maple Inn, offers her a job and a home, Olivia eagerly accepts. But this job comes with a lot more than a rolling pin and an oven, it offers Olivia an opportunity to root herself in a community, heal herself from an unstable childhood, and maybe even find lasting love.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is a delightful tale that conjures up the beauty of autumn in Vermont, reveals the warmth of its colorful characters, and may inpire you to pull out your own blue-ribbon pie recipes.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Top Talent Headlines MMRF Gala in Greenwich

unknown Grammy Award-Winning singers Smokey Robinson and CeeLo Green, along with NBC’s America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon will join the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) at its Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Philanthropists and Greenwich residents Anne and David Ogilvy will be presented with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to patients, caregivers, family members or advocates who inspire hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission.

“Anne and I are honored and humbled to receive this accolade. As a patient, I am immensely grateful to the MMRF for shifting the paradigm of cancer research and for revolutionizing the way myeloma is treated. Caregivers are the true spirt of hope and I am inspired by my caregiver, my amazing wife, Anne, for her unflappable bravery and strength, as well as my entire family. Without my doctors and the MMRF, I would not be here today,” said David Ogilvy, the president and owner of David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors.

The renowned Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson will be presented with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award. Mr. Robinson is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University Honorary Doctorate, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States.

Both of these awards are presented to people in recognition of their extraordinary contributions and inspiration of hope through their life’s work.

Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer CeeLo Green will serve as the evening’s headliner. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Cannon, the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and an entrepreneur, philanthropist and entertainer.

Janssen Oncology and Takeda Oncology are the evening’s presenting sponsors.

“The MMRF Gala allows us to publicly thank individuals who support our efforts to find a cure for multiple myeloma. We are excited this year to recognize longtime friends and supporters Anne and David Ogilvy as well as musical legend Smokey Robinson,” stated MMRF President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Giusti. “The awareness that we generate and the funds that we raise supports the MMRF’s unique Precision Medicine Model – the promise of delivering tailored cancer treatments based on a patient’s specific genetic profile. This is the future of cancer research.”

For tickets, visit themmrf.org

Singles Night @ Sugar & Olives

Let’s face it, Fairfield County is great for families…but for the romantically unattached, meeting other singles can be challenging. If you’re not into the usual bar scene and have swiped left one too many times, Sugar & Olives is launching a singles night in their cafe on the Norwalk/Westport border. Beginnng September 22, and every Thursday night thereafter, stop by Sugar & Olives between 7-10pm to sip cocktails, listen to music and mingle with other solo locals!

Sugar and Olives is located at 21 Lois Street, Norwalk (Lois Street is across from Bed Bath & Beyond and Bow Tie Cinemas).

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P.S. Thank you to everyone who entered the Greenwich Wine + Food ticket giveaway! We had an overwhelming response and we wish we had tickets for everyone that entered. Congratulations to Dalita K. who was the lucky winner! Tickets are still available – click here to buy! Hope to see you there!

WHAT’S TRENDING IN HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT: PARTY TIPS TO MAKE GUESTS MARVEL

 

As the fall season begins, we have holiday party planning tips from our friend, Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud of Bash Events!

Whether you’re planning a family gathering or a corporate holiday party, adding an element of surprise, engaging everyone in an activity or simply incorporating something out of the norm, creates a sense of excitement, comradery and kinship that captures the very essence of the holiday season.

FALL FUN

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Try an alternative to touch football this Thanksgiving, with Hay Bale Bowling. Gather the gang outdoors and gear up for some down home fun. Even grandma will give it a go! Bowling sets can easily be ordered online and hay bales can be found at your local nursery or supermarket. Keep in mind, designated players from each team will need to manually set up pins. Winners can receive a gift certificate to a local bowling alley or a basket of popular bowling alley snacks to include the makings for nachos, pretzels and craft beer.

CHEERS!

Host a Craft Beer Tasting contest by inviting each guest to bring a beer of their liking. Then replace the beer bottle labels with a number or holiday inspired names such as the names of Pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower: Remember Allerton, Love Brewster, Wrestling Brewster, Humility Cooper, or Oceanus Hopkins.

The guest who brought the beer with the most votes can take home a bag of sour dough pretzels or spicy corn nuts, and a special beer mug!

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

Choosing entertainment for a corporate holiday party can be tricky. Not all co-workers may want to participate in a certain game, so it’s best to offer choices. A Silent Disco allows you to do just that. Prefer to dance to your own tune? A silent disco provides guests with wireless headsets that have up to three channels, allowing dancers to choose their own music. No worries about noise ordinances, non-dancing guests can still talk and every guest gets to dance to their style of music. Talk about stopping your guests in their tracks! Party guests won’t know what to think when they see their friends dancing in silence. It’s incredible to watch and even better when joining in. What’s more, a Silent Disco prooves perfect for companies with varied generations of employees. The younger crowd will think it’s cool, while the older set will be left fascinated. Keep holiday music playing in the background to keep the party festive.

NAME THAT TUNE

Singing Waiters bring a unique spin to any occasion. They can catch guests off guard and infuse offbeat entertainment into any dining experience. Cocktail hour is most conducive to this activity, while guests are mingling, rather than during dinner. An a cappella group dressed as formal waiters pass hors d’oeuvres and then suddenly break into song. Coordinate the music with your theme — from Christmas carols to Broadway show tunes. This surprise will keep your guests talking — and singing — for sure!

BREAK THE ICE

Gift Wrap Challenge

A little healthy holiday competition can spice up any party, especially a Gift Wrap Challenge. Provide gift wrap and divide groups into teams of two. Next, instruct each pair of players to stand side by side and have their adjacent hands tied together. Here’s where the fun begins — each team must wrap a gift, complete with a ribbon made into a bow, with their free hands. The winners will be the team that ties the package correctly, first.

Unwrap It Fast

Christmas enthusiasts can don a Santa or elf hat, while others can put on other celebratory headgear, plus a pair of bulky gloves or oven mitts. You’ll also need one gift, wrapped in multiple layers, and one or two dice depending on the number of players. Set the wrapped prize in the center of the room with the hat and gloves next to it. Instruct players to sit in a large circle and select someone to role the dice. The first player to roll 6, runs to the center, puts on the hat and gloves and starts unwrapping one layer of gift wrap. The dice continues to be passed, until another 6 is thrown, then the next player continues to unwrap, and so on. The lucky player to unwrap the final layer of paper keeps the prize.

GIFT EXCHANGE: JUST THE FACTS

A nice spin on a holiday gift-giving is a Fun Fact Exchange — involving a detail about each participant. Number each gift as it arrives, then provide each player that corresponding number. Have them write a little known fact about themselves (and their number) on a slip of paper and throw it into a bowl. When the gift exchange starts, the host draws a fact and reads it without mentioning the package number. The first person to match the fact to the guest is given the corresponding package. Once someone guesses correctly, they are out of the game. The game ends when there is one gift left for the host.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Put a twist on your holiday gathering with Birth Year Gifts. Have everyone write down their name and the year they were born. Next, put the slips of paper into a bowl or basket. Have all participants draw a name then purchase a gift relating to the year their assigned person was born. Be creative – the possibilities are endless!

However you choose to salute the season, remember innovation is the key. For additional holiday help and/or a complimentary event planning consultation, contact Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud of Bash Events at 203.202.7780 or madalene@bashct.com.

 

 

Best Beach Books of Summer 2016

There’s nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a good book. Summer reading tends to be lighthearted and fun so we’ve rounded up some of the best beach books of summer 2016 for you to enjoy!

What We Find

After the death of a patient, neurosurgeon Robin Carr decides to return to her hometown to experience a simpler life. But when the handsome Cal Jones arrives on the scene, her world is rocked once again!

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Love and Gelato

Summer in Italy: romance, adventure, and of course, lots of gelato!

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Raymie Nightingale

This is one to read with your teen daughter! Love, loss, what beauty really looks like, and the true meaning of friendship.

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Mother Can You Not

Based on the Instagram feed of @CrazyJewishMom, this book offers a hilarious look at the neurotic, cringe worthy, yet always loving relationship between a mom and her daughter as told through their text messages.

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Eligible

A wickedly funny modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice.

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Property Brothers at KLAFFS!

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Late last year, we posted a story on our Facebook telling you that the “Property Brothers,” Drew and Jonathan Scott from the hit HGTV show, Property Brothers Buying and Selling, were in town to renovate a few Fairfield County homes. While they were here, they decided to hit up one of the areas most innovative home design stores, Klaffs in South Norwalk and included the location in a few episodes!

They chose Klaffs for their “5 distinct showrooms all-under-one-roof” and told the owners they liked the one-stop shop aspect and the ability to showcase all the different products and services they offer at different price points. But what makes KLAFFS truly unique is, you can actually try before you buy. Products such as showerheads, bathtubs, fans—rumor has it that the Property Brothers had a lot of fun playing with their products on the show.

Property Brothers Buying + Selling filmed (more than once) at KLAFFS last year, but KLAFFS remained tight-lipped about this exciting event – until now.

“We love having the Property Brothers here. Drew and Jonathan really know what they’re doing when it comes to home design,” said KLAFFS Chairman Joe Passero. “We waited until now to announce our involvement so we can make a big celebration out of it.”

And that they have… KLAFFS created a spectacular sales event to celebrate the premiere episode they appear in. The event runs from now to August 6th with 25% off storewide, up to 50% off select items, a weekly $500 gift card drawing and a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize. KLAFFS will also be re-introducing their delicious Chef Tastings for the run of this event, and why not – KLAFFS also has working kitchens in their showrooms.

The debut episode of KLAFFS on Property Brothers Buying + Selling premieres on July 20th at 9 PM on HGTV!