About Goods & Curiosities

The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, features an eclectic mix of products inspired by the Inn and New England – from their Early American and maritime heritage to Connecticut lifestyle and entertaining today.

Items include creatively-branded ‘Gris’ merchandise, hand-crafted and Connecticut-made products, limited edition prints of The Griswold Inn’s renowned art collection, home goods, select books, unique toys, artisan jewelry, specialty foods…traditional, whimsical, and contemporary ~ Goods & Curiosities. The Store’s displays and assorted collection of interesting goods are continually changing, promising a pleasant discovery with each visit.

We are located at 47 Main Street, directly across the street from the Main Inn.


American Craft Week, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide ten-day celebration which pays tribute to the tradition of American craft. We are proud to join over 200 retailers and art institutions throughout the country to recognize, promote and honor artisans and their craft. The Griswold Inn Store embraces the spirit of “Handcrafted in America” every day by representing the creative work of over 100 American craftsmen and women!


In recognition of American Craft Week, we are hosting special events highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit, vision and talent of three women. Complimentary refreshment will be offered at each event.


Saturday, October 7 ~ 4 to 6pm ~ Trunk Show with New England Artist Alyssa Watters featuring her artful coasters, desk and poster calendars, note cards, trivets and paintings. Artistic themes focus on birds, coastal scenes and everyday items. Perfectly charming for gift-giving!



Sunday, October 8 ~ 1 to 3pm ~ Book Signing with Local Author/Photographer Caryn Davis in store with the recently released coffee table book, A Connecticut Christmas. The book, a stunning photographic journey celebrating classic New England traditions, captures the beauty and spirit that surround this warm and wonderful holiday. Gorgeous images are complemented by essays penned by Eric Lehman. The Griswold Inn is delighted to be featured within its pages!


Saturday, October 14 ~ 1:30 to 3:30pm ~ Trunk Show with Local Artisan Alina Schwartzman showcasing her colorful bracelets created from various combinations integrating fine rope, beads, small charms and fabric. These unique adornments exude a boho chic vibe. Some can be worn as “stackables”. Simply fun!



Wednesday, November 15 ~ 5 to 8pm ~ Girls Night Out in Essex with the e-list

Keep current on upcoming special events, featured products and artisans, and other store scoop!

We LOVE our books around here and we have an absolutely WONDERFUL selection! Originally stocked for our Inn guests, we have expanded our collection as demand has grown for our eclectic offerings!

To read our staff reviews and view our latest Recommended Reads by avid Gris readers click here! Of course there’s a lot more in store!