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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The Thanksgiving Table...

  Thanksgiving - How to Cook it Well Luke Adams Glass Pumpkin candle1


Large Oval Platter - Quail Small Pasta Bowl
Handblown glass by Luke Adams; Hand-wrought copper candle holders by Hessell Studios; Handmade ceramic platter and pasta bowl by Laura Zindel..

Saturday, November 28th ~ Small Business Saturday - in its 6th year, Small Business Saturday is an all day event which celebrates and supports independent small businesses across the country. Join the movement and join us! We'll offer some in-store specials and light refreshment and will be open until 7:00 pm.

Saturday, December 5th ~ Essex Holiday Stroll - a special shopping event which takes place from noon to 5 with various festivities around town.  Join the merriment at Goods & Curiosities! In-store specials, light refreshment, free gift wrap and a very festive shopping environment!

We are fully stocked with wonderful merchandise for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving - new items arrive every day!

Tree Trimming...

Mouse Ornament pear ornament from beehive Whale Ornament

Hand-made pewter ornaments by Beehive.


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!

The Art of the Visit   Saying Grace   World on a Plate   

 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!

December 1 - Opening Festivities

Dressed for the Season in wreaths, garlands and bows, our month-long festivities begin! Enjoy special performances by the Coast Guard Idlers and the Royal Court Madrigal Singers. Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Reservations recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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,