Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we’ve put together a list of five places in New Haven where you’re guaranteed to find something special for mom! If you’re a mother, drop a hint to your kids or partner and pass this article along to them…  (You’re welcome!)  😉

1. English Building Markets* — English Building Markets is a vintage department store with over 4,000 square feet of carefully curated displays – they’ve got anything from furniture and housewares to clothing and fabric. English Building Markets also carries everyday items like candles, shoe polish, silverware, pots, pans, etc. Their inventory changes weekly so there is always a unique gem to be found! If your mom appreciates history like we do, she’ll love an antique item from English Building Markets.

Location – 839 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Phone – (203) 772-1728

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2. Atticus Bookstore* — Atticus is an independent bookstore and café that has been part of New Haven history for 30 years! If your mom is a fan of a good read and a delicious sandwich, she’ll LOVE Atticus. You don’t have to feel obligated to pick out the perfect book for mom either; they sell gift certificates over the phone or at the café.

Location1082 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Phone – (203) 776-4040

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3.The Shops at Yale — If you have an entire day dedicated to finding mom the perfect gift, there’s no better place to go than The Shops at Yale. There are over 50 unique boutiques and shops that make up The Shops at Yale – conveniently located on Chapel Street and Broadway! A few of the unique shops you’ll find at The Shops at Yale include: Alex and Ani, an eco-friendly shop that sells positive energy products; Derek Simpson Goldsmith, a European design tradition in New Haven since 1971, made up of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry; Hello Boutique, a boutique full of innovative and hard-to-find clothing and accessories and so much more. Take a look at all of The  Shops at Yale here:

Location1000 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

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4. The Wine ThiefMom deserves wine, don’t you think?! The Wine Thief is THE place to go for the finest wine, specialty beer and premium spirits in New Haven. The Wine Thief is consistently voted “New Haven’s Best Wine Shop” and has a very approachable staff ready to help you pick out the perfect bottle for mom. They have two locations conveniently located in New Haven.

Locations378 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Phone – (203) 865-4845


181 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Phone – (203) 772-1944

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5. Knit New Haven — For those of you who have moms who like to knit, Knit New Haven will be paradise! Knit New Haven has New Haven’s largest selection of yarn, knitting accessories and spinning supplies. If you’re not a knitting fanatic like mom, they have a very nice and knowledgeable staff that can assist you.

Location – 26 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06510

Phone – (203) 777-KNIT (5648)

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If anyone else has recommendations or would like to share with us what you’re getting for your mom this year, please feel free to let us know either in the comments below or on Winchester Lofts’ Facebook or Twitter! You can also use the comments below or social media to reach out with any general questions you may have about our available apartments in New Haven. We will be opening in Fall 2014 but have already begun pre-leasing! Our temporary leasing center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 5:30pm and located at 5 Science Park New Haven, CT 06511. Please sign up for email updates if you’re interested in keeping in touch.


*English Building Markets and Atticus will be featured in Winchester Lofts’ Artisanal Retail Guidebook – a handy guide to a bounty of great shops and restaurants in New Haven. Stay tuned for details!