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Sportsmen’s

Sportsmen’s in Bantam is another perfect example of why we started blogging about businesses, life, and people in Litchfield County. It’s a store that we have driven by a great many times and thought, “We’re not sportsmen, there can’t be anything for us in there.” WRONG!! We were honestly quite blown away. Apologies to those who were already in the know, but we feel like we’ve made a great discovery! We can’t wait to share! Read on…

We first learned of artist Robert Deyber when we visited the Housatonic Trading Company in Bantam. Store owner Robert Graham presented us with neighboring artist Robert Deyber’s huge coffee table book, “Figures of Speech,” and we couldn’t get enough of it. We spent hours leafing through the pages, playing guess-the-phrase. Robert’s paintings are fun and entertaining, and as told on his website, his style has been described as both “kitsch and absurdist.” We just know we love!

Robert takes commonly used phrases/sayings/euphemisms that we’ve all heard at some point or another and adds his own clever twist. Once you figure out his spin on the English language, you too can become quite fluent!

The Gooseboro Drive-In restaurant in Bantam, selling classic roadside fare (ice cream cones, burgers and dogs, fried pickles…), is one of those places that is quintessentially Litchfield County. We could do a tour of all the great “blast from a better past” longstanding drive-ins we have in the area. Hmm, good idea. Thanks, readers – perhaps we will just have to tour them all!

And we thought we had busy schedules! When James Lenger isn’t competing internationally with Team USA in pentathlons (fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and running…you’re welcome – who can ever remember?) – he’s running his multi-city, multi-country guitar instruction business, Guitar Cities! We think he might be Superman…we asked him, but he just smiled at us in a Clark Kent kind of way…

We spent an afternoon with James (or Jim) at his newest branch of Guitar Cities; Sharp and Flat Music, located in the Switch Factory building on Route 202 in Bantam. Sharp and Flat provides private guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons in the Litchfield County area to all ages.

Even with our obvious lack of guitar skills, Jim had us strumming away by the end of our lesson; he’s clearly very patient (evident in the video) and a natural born teacher!

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It was both Bantam Tileworks’ window displays and Instagram account that lured us into the store. There’s just something about their use of colorful glazes and beautiful designs that equal “eye candy.” Come with us as we see where all the ceramic magic is made and chat with owners, artists, creators, Darin Ronning, and Travis Messinger!

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We think your mom/aunt/granny/fabulous female in your life would love any one of these gifts on our list!

We did the legwork and visited each of these 10 Litchfield County businesses to get the low-down on what they consider is THE perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Check it out, and remember, we always approve of treating thine own self!

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Of course the newly opened Arethusa coffee shop and bakery, “a mano,” is super farm-barn-modern-chic! White washed walls and a vaulted ceiling, exposed black girders, and a wall of black and white cow photos. Coffee on tap and neat rows of Arethusa dairy farm milk, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches – the entire aesthetic screams the good taste of Arethusa!

In case you haven’t had a chance to get there yet, come with us…we’ll show you around!

Although we come to Cafe 202, housed within the Housatonic Trading Company, all the time, (best coffee and pastries around!) we have yet to do a feature about them. It was time to change that, so we told Robert Graham, owner of the two businesses to be ready, we were coming in to interview him. Located in Bantam on Rt 202, it’s the perfect stop for us when we’re dashing around Litchfield County on our various adventures. And the pastries, OMG the pastries. More about all of that later, let’s hear what the store is all about…

If we come back as cows in our next life, we want to be Arethusa dairy cows. Our tails will be washed and fluffed daily, we’ll sleep on mattresses with plenty of fresh straw, and we’ll listen to rock music as we get milked. That visual just got weird, but you get the picture.

This story begins when we met George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis (President and Vice President of Manolo Blahnik) at a talk they gave at the Litchfield Historical Society. We knew that besides running the luxury shoe brand, they also owned Arethusa Dairy Farm (and its various offshoots) in Bantam. When we mentioned Unlocking Litchfield and said that we’d love to meet their cows, they were happy to invite us along for the supreme tour.