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.

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We enthusiastically support this nationwide 10-day celebration of "Handmade in America."
The Griswold Inn Store has a high regard for America’s craft traditions and innovations. We showcase over 70 American artisans, with a significant number from New England – many from Connecticut!  We celebrate craft and the men and women who passionately create with care, skill and ingenuity. Examples of “early” craft, whose roots trace back to Colonial America, and more “contemporary” interpretations of traditional craft are highlighted throughout The Store. Products in glass, ceramics, paper, wood, textiles, metal as well as comestibles, range from the functional to the purely decorative and delicious!
We hope you will join us in honoring the tradition of American Craft.

Saturday, October 10th, 2-5 ~ Meet Guest Artist Melissa Luster, a talented young designer and illustrator who recently launched Illusterations, her own line of prints and stationery. Browse through a varied selection of her charming work and enjoy complimentary refreshment all afternoon.

Melissa Luster
Stylish Shoes Pineapples Anchors
Blue Hydra  bouquet
 A small sampling of other artisans' work we showcase in our store.
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Houston Llew Spiritile 'Play Date', Glass on Copper, Handmade in the USA; Handblown glass by Luke Adams; Hand-wrought copper candle holders by Hessell Studios.


Without a lot of fanfare, on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at high noon we opened our doors for business. It's been a great adventure ever since! Happily, we often hear that The Griswold Inn Store has been a wonderful addition to our campus. We are grateful to all who have patronized the Store over these past five years, many of whom have become regular customers. We look forward to welcoming new patrons and continuing serving all for countless years to come!

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Karen ~ Store Manager, Jen ~ Assistant Buyer, Christine, Ellen & Hannah ~ Sales Associates


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!

Imagination  The British Raid on Essex  The Rogue's Guide to Retirement  

 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!    


"Gris Goods" are available for purchase on line!

Experience Essex - Brunch + Walking Tour: Nov 1

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt at our bountiful Sunday Breakfast followed by a historic walking tour of lower Main Street. Tour is 1 hr+. $32 per person. Advance reservations required, 860.767.1776. For more info see "Things to Do".

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Wine, Women & Wednesdays

All wines by the glass are 1/2 price for women - over 50 to choose from! Every Wednesday.

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Dixieland Sundays

Join us for our jazzy Sunday Hunt Breakfast featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five, noon to 3 p.m. Reservations for brunch recommended, 860.767.1776.

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The Store is located at 47 Main Street, directly across from the Main Inn.

NOW OPEN 7 days a week through December 31st.

Monday through Saturday, 10-6, Sunday, 11-5. Extended hours for special events and during holiday season.

Winter/Spring Hours: Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-6, Sundays and Mondays, 11-5. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment, 860.767.0210. 

Contact Information:  860.767.0210,