About Goods & Curiosities

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

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.

Although all of our store inventory is not available online, our Gris-branded merchandise is featured as well as an assortment of other goods and accessories: we continue to add to our online presence.  Shop online.


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! Our latest Recommended Reads may be found here.

As we continue to expand our book program, we are hosting book talks and signing this fall.



Sunday, September 24th, 2023, 4:30-5:30 pm ~ featuring local first-time author, Moya Aiken. Published recently, her moving memoir, Shoulder, has received numerous accolades. Moya, a gifted storyteller, will expand on some of the anecdotes detailed in her book, and share other colorful stories that are not contained within its pages. This event will take place in The Griswold Inn’s Wine Bar & Bistro and last approximately an hour. Moya will be available to sign books after her talk.

– About the Book –

Growing up a headstrong Irish Catholic girl in a notoriously tough housing estate in Northern England, Moya has just one goal—to live a rich, creative life in America.

Shoulder tells the story of the riotous and hilarious path from her boisterous but warm family back home to her education in London and her escape to New York in the 1980s where she finds everything she’s looking for—exciting jobs in the fashion industry and later at MTV—but where she also meets the man of her dreams, only to…

Read the book for more!

The cost for attending the event is the purchase of the book through our Store which will serve as your “ticket” and reserve your seat. You may purchase your copy at Goods & Curiosities, 47 Main Street, Essex, directly across from the Main Inn. Farther afield? Follow the link below to purchase the book.
We can hold it here until the event if you wish.


As space is limited, we encourage you to register soon. Please call 860.767.0210 with any questions or to RSVP.


Mark your calendar…

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, 5:00-6:00 pm – Julie Gerstenblatt and her novel, Daughters of Nantucket.


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

Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, 11-5.

Personal Shopping Appointments also available. Please call 860.767.0210 to arrange.