Meriden blogger recommends shopping local for some fall fun



The boots and flannels are coming out. All across New England, local businesses are stepping up their game, changing menus and pulling out all the stops for the enchanting autumn season. Here are a few local businesses that put extra effort into their fall fun!

A great way to get into the autumn spirit is to support local crafters. K. Scott Craft Co., owned by Meriden-native Kaleigh Scott, dropped a spooky jewelry line just in time for Halloween! When Scott was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2020, she was advised to develop a hobby that would bring her joy and help hone her fine motor skills — thus K. Scott Craft Co. was born. Her products can be purchased at local craft fairs, or through the K. Scott Craft Co. website and social media pages.

Other notable crafters to look into this fall include Words on Wood and Makepeace Designs, both in Wallingford. At Words on Wood, customers can either create their own design and bring their vision to life through a paint party, or purchase one of the many existing designs, all crafted in the Wallingford studio. At Makepeace Designs, hand-made meets eco-friendly through Kaitlyn Makepeace’s unique creations. From autumn-themed gnomes to “Drink Up Witches” glasses, these local crafts can add a little (pumpkin) spice to your life!  

As for local flavor, the shout-outs have to go to Kim’s Cottage Confections of Middlefield, and Honeycone Craft Ice Cream of Chester. Both businesses use fresh ingredients, make treats daily and feature goodies from other small businesses, which make them personal favorites of mine! At Kim’s, don’t miss the ever-changing coffee flavors and menu. You never know when there will be a surprise item to try. 

At Honeycone, don’t miss the extremely unique flavors — you won’t regret trying their autumn sundae “Burning Leaves,'' which features both caramel apple cider doughnut and vanilla smoke scoops. Both shops are owned and run by incredible, hard-working women who deserve our support.

When it comes to giving your home the fall feel, skip the big brand superstores and shop local farms. Karabin Farms of Southington is one of those local “one-stop shop” farms that produces so many incredible products. From pick-your-own apples and pumpkins to multiple varieties of mums all in one charming little spot, Karabin Farms is an autumn must. 

Another cute spot (though with a very different feel) is Country Flower Farms in Middlefield. This family owned and operated garden center has an incredible variety of plants, garden goods and festive little garden gift shop area that is dedicated to “all things fall.” Here, home goods meets harvest— it’s these little nooks that we tend to find those unique, one-of-a-kind knick knacks that add color and joy to our kitchens, cubicles, or overall aesthetic. 

Autumn is an incredible time of year for local exploration. It welcomes some of the best holidays, flavors, moments, and memories. When you’re creating new ones this year, remember the small businesses that thrive off of our love and support. They need us, and we need them! 

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves. When she's not helping out in the English department at Maloney High School, she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevibeswithcess@gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!

 



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