The Shops at Yale Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Holiday Shopping Gift Guide Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:26:14 +0000 Eblast Gift Guide


Explore The Shops at Yale Digital Gift Guide to Find the Perfect Gift this Season. 

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Exclusive Holiday Rewards Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:40:59 +0000 Spend $50 and earn all three rewards:
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Free Parking at The Shops at Yale

Show your same day receipts of $15 or more from any retail store or restaurant to the parking lot attendant to receive free parking up to 4* hours on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 29 and Saturdays and Sundays in December. Offer only valid at The Shops at Yale parking lots located at 255 Crown Street and 56 Broadway. Valid Dates: Nov. 27, 28, 29, & Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27. *6 hours with restaurant and retail receipt


Sweet Deal at Shake Shack

Show your same day receipts of $25 or more from any retail store at The Shops at Yale while visiting Shake Shack at 986 Chapel Street to receive a free scoop of frozen custard. Valid Dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 2015. Subject to change at any time.

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Free Gift Certificate at Tarry Lodge

Show your same day receipts of $50 or more from any retail store at The Shops at Yale while visiting Tarry Lodge at 278 Park Street to receive a $5 gift certificate. Valid Dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 2015. Subject to change at any time.

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Holidays 2015 Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:13:30 +0000 Sliders (events)


The Shops at Yale will celebrate this holiday season with a 24-Foot-Tall Decorated Tree with a Light and Sound Show on Broadway, the Holiday Shop at 1020 Chapel Street, Free Parking, Horse Drawn Carriages, Convenient Shuttle Services, Storytelling with Santa, Caroling, and Free New Haven Ornaments. Special offers will entice visitors to New Haven.

Decorated Tree with Light and Sound Show

Dates: Nov. 12 – Jan. 1
Location: Broadway Island (56 Broadway) at The Shops at Yale
The Shops at Yale celebrates with a 24-foot-tall decorated tree by American Christmas, the world-renowned company that decorates Radio City Music Hall and Cartier. The tree will dazzle with a light and sound show every fifteen minutes between 9am and 10pm.

Free Parking

Dates: Nov. 27, 28, 29, & Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27
Location: 255 Crown Street Parking Lot & 56 Broadway Parking Lot
Enjoy free parking with a $15 or more purchase from any of The Shops at Yale. Offer is valid on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday, November 29 and Saturdays and Sundays in December. Customers must park in the 56 Broadway Center Lot across the street from the Apple Store or the 255 Crown Street Lot across the street from BAR restaurant. Both lots are located within steps of more than 50 shops and restaurants in the heart of the Yale University Campus.

Horse Drawn Carriages

Dates: Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Location: Downtown New Haven
Revel in Horse Drawn Carriage rides on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 12pm-4pm in Downtown New Haven, sponsored by the City of New Haven, Town Green Special Services District, and The Shops at Yale. Board the carriages on the Historic New Haven Green at Temple St., Chapel St. near College St., Chapel St. near York St., or York St. near Elm St. The carriage rides are free to all and provide a wonderful way to see Downtown New Haven.

Convenient Shuttle Services

Dates: Nov. 28, & Dec. 5, 12, 19
Location: Downtown New Haven
Enjoy convenient shuttle services on Saturdays from 11am-9pm this season in Downtown New Haven. Step aboard the shuttle at Chapel St. near College St., Chapel St. near York St., or York St. near Elm St. The shuttle is free to all and provides an easy way to shop in the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway Districts in Downtown New Haven.


Dates: Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19
Location: Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway District
Santa will visit The Shops at Yale and will read stories to children at Atticus Bookstore Café from 4-4:30pm on Friday, December 11 & 18 and at the Yale Bookstore from 4-4:30pm on Saturday, December 12 & 19. He will then stroll the Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway District at The Shops at Yale and families can find him between 4:30pm – 6pm for photo opportunities.


Dates: Dec. 5, 12, 19
Location: Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway District
Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will perform at The Shops at Yale on Saturdays in December from 4pm-7pm along Chapel Street and Broadway. The traditionally garbed Victorian Carolers will fill the winter air with the bright sounds of the season. Local school groups will visit the Shops at Yale on various Fridays and Saturdays to sing in front of the tree on Broadway Island.

Free New Haven Ornaments

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 24
Location: Chapel Street Historic District
The Shops at Yale and Town Green Special Services District celebrate the holidays by providing free New Haven Ornaments to hang at home. Eight evergreen trees will line the Chapel Street Historic District and have ornaments for people to take home. The ornaments are three inches in diameter and feature a historic image of New Haven from winters past.

Special Offers

Dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24
Locations: Tarry Lodge – 278 Park Street & Shake Shack – 986 Chapel Street
Special holiday offers at The Shops at Yale. Show your same day receipts of $25 or more from any retail store at The Shops at Yale while visiting Shake Shack to receive a free scoop of frozen custard. Show your same day receipts of $50 or more from any retail store at The Shops at Yale while visiting Tarry Lodge to receive a $5 gift certificate.

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Holiday Shop Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:01:39 +0000 Holiday Shop Eblast


Shops & Goods

24 Peace: Sweatshirts for Children and Adults, Women’s Tank Tops, and Yoga Pants

Ananda Design: Scarves, Totes, and Clutches

Any Photo Into Art: Photo Art

Bovano Cheshire: Glass and Metal Art and Sculptures

Co•Ci Mouse: Crochet Accessories for Children and Adults

Eklectico Café: An Eclectic Mix of Accessories with Bamboo Sunglasses, Cell Phone Covers, Ornaments, and more

Fierce Face Protection: Fleece-lined Bandanas

Heaven Scent Candles: Hand-Made Candles

Lola Richards Designs: Artisan Jewelry

New Canaan Olive Oil: Jam, Jellies, Tapenades, Gift Baskets, Honey, Olive Oil, Vinegar, and more

Paper Veil: Original Artwork, Hand-made Paper, and Jewelry

Paul Online Ventures: Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals Home Decor

Reworx: Home Décor Crafted from Re-purposed Wood

Rooey Knots: Fashion Accessories Made Out of Men’s Neckties

Lucky Fish: T-shirts for Children and Adults, Towels, Pillows, and Totes

Sweet Maria’s Inc.: Baked Goods

Tightrope: Cutting Boards, Lighting, Candle Holders, Coasters and Dice

Vinyl Street Café: Records and Prepackaged Coffee


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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:58:53 +0000 Tropical Smoothie Cafe smoothie At Tropical Smoothie Café in New Haven, they believe there’s no better way to make a great meal than with fresh, natural, quality ingredients. What began as a single location on a beach in Florida has grown to be a lifestyle brand for people looking for healthy alternatives to fast food. Every day Tropical Smoothie Cafe serves up great-tasting, nutritious food and smoothies across the U.S. including New Haven. This location features catering, wi-fi, and breakfast!


15 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: TBD

Website: Tropical Smoothie Cafe New Haven

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Retro “Canditopia” Opens on Chapel Street Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:56:35 +0000 Retro “Canditopia” Opens on Chapel Street | New Haven Independent


Its name indicates the future. Its signature offerings are storied candies from decades past.

The name is “Canditopia,” a store that opened for business Wednesday at 1022 Chapel St. selling Sugar Daddys, Abba-Zabba, Chiclets, Zotz, Astro Pops, Razzles, and a jawbreaker as big as a bocce ball.

There are also a lot of traditional-looking chocolates too, But the store, with its bright, Saturday-morning TV program colors, signs that urge you to “Get Real. Get Jelly Belly,” and bag-your-own-now -and-worry about-the-dentist-later shopping style, has a special appeal for kids …

… well, let’s face it, to anyone who has molars and a tongue and a yen for sugar.

The modest-sized store takes the place of Peter Indorf Jewelers. Indorf retired in December. The landlord, Yale University Properties, has entered into a lease for the new candy shop with first-time business owner Kim Tran.

A Milford resident and civil engineer working in New York City, Tran said she is a consumer of anything-sugar. She was specifically was inspired to open a candy store by the fun she saw her two sisters having running similar businesses in Vermont and Massachusetts.

“I got this great location. I’m ready to rock and roll, ” she said.

The store was already a hit with its first customers, three friends — Avery Royster of Bethany, Jasmine Taylor who’s a student at Southern, and West Havener Natashya Fernando (pictured first in the line), who were in town to hang out and to see what’s up in New Haven.

Fernando said she was looking for something “chocolatey and nutty,” but ended up with a bag of peach and apple gummies and “fruit gems.”

Taylor called herself a “weird” consumer of candy who does not like chocolate all that much. “I love things fruity,” she said, displaying a bag of the stuff, as she waited in line for Tran to activate her cash register equipment and check out the first customers.

When I displayed the miniature Sugar Daddy I had latched onto, Dennet launched into profound memory: “You could put Sugar Daddys on the stove, get it soft and melty and then drizzle it over vanilla ice cream.”

Back at the cash register, Tran said she has taken off a week from her engineering duties to get the store rolling. She has no intention of quitting her day job; she has hired one full-time staffer and is looking for two part-timers to add on.

When someone expressed an interest in the giant jaw breakers (pictured) in a the canister nearby, Tran showed her engineering chops. She said she had researched the largest commercially available Jaw Breaker, and found that one with a five-inch diameter was the limit.

She seemed disappointed that she could not obtain those — most of her suppliers are not local but from out of town—but happily settled for the five immense items that sat, as a challenge, it seemed, by the register.

“Those are four-and-three quarters inches,” she said. From an engineering — and candy — point of view, that’s close enough to five, she added. “It will take you at least one year to lick that,” she said.

Meanwhile, just a few storefronts up Chapel, at 1046, Renee Liven and Naomi Lehrer, two long-time employees at the Wave Gallery, which also sells candy, were arriving for work and opening their door beside a large window display of chocolates.

Wave, which also rents from Yale University Properties and which has been in business for about three decades, sells candy but also jewelry, clothing, among many other items.

“It [Canditopia] won’t be much of a problem,” said Liven.

“The difference between what they will sell and ours is that ours is artisan chocolate by award-winning chocolatiers,” added Lehrer.

Yale spokesman Patrick O’Brien said that the build-out at Canditopia had gone efficiently, with a new floor put down and also new sinks as required by code for the handling of food.

Then he proceeded to purchase some Razzles.

Why Razzles?

“In [13 Going on Thirty,” he explained, “Jennifer Garner eats it, and your tongue’s supposed to turn razzle red.”

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CandiTopia Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:43:15 +0000 Canditopia facade


CandiTopia, located at 1022 Chapel Street, sells bag-your-own candy and confectioneries. CandiTopia embraces New Haven’s sweet history as the birthplace of the “Lolly Pop,” which was first made by the Bradley-Smith Candy Company in 1892. Kim Tran, owner of the store, carries nut-free and gluten-free products in addition to traditional chocolates, jelly beans, gummy candies, lollipops, and more.

1022 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511


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Student Discounts Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:15 +0000 College section

All Students: Enjoy these great discounts with your student ID.

Present your student ID at any of these shops or restaurants to receive a discount. See business associate/manager for a list of exclusions or restrictions.

Business Discount Address
Apple Education Pricing 65 Broadway
Barbour 10% off 27 Broadway
Emporium DNA  15% Off 1 Broadway
GANT 20% Off 268 York
J. Crew 15% Off 29 Broadway
Thali Too 10% Off 65 Broadway
TYCO  10% Off for Yale Sudents 262 Elm St
Yale Book Store 10% Off Café Items 77 Broadway
Connecticut Running Company 10% Full Priced Items 976 Chapel St
Hull’s Art Supply and Framing 10% Off 1144 Chapel St
Raggs 10% Off 1020 Chapel St
The Green Teahouse 15% Off for Yale Students 1008 Chapel St
Therapy 10% Off 1022 Chapel St
Wave 10% Off Alex and Ani 1046 Chapel St

Make a Reservation for Family Weekend

Basta Trattoria | 203-772-1715

Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant | 203-777-2500

Oaxaca Kitchen | 203-859-5774

Pacifico | 203-772-4002

Tarry Lodge | 203-672-0765

Thali Too | 203-776-1600

Union League Cafe | 203-562-4299


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Long Weekend in New Haven Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:59:42 +0000



On the surface, New Haven seems like a modest New England town, complete with shady lanes, cute cafés, and historic buildings that conjure visions of colonial Connecticut. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize the cultural and culinary explorations that await. Much of what strikes a first-time visitor is related to Yale University, the cornerstone of New Haven’s economy and the root of its remarkably vibrant arts scene. Dive deeper and discover that the city itself is a great story, full of both character and characters for whom this centuries-old harbor town holds a special, uniquely American kind of pride.


New Haven makes for a great long weekend, clocking in at two hours from both Boston and New York City. Its two train hubs—Union and State Street Stations—are served by multiple railroads including Amtrak and Metro-North. Tweed Regional Airport, Megabus, and other transit lines are just a fifteen-minute drive from the city center.

There are several hotels of varying sizes in this college town. Remember to book well in advance, as they fill up fast among well-attended, year-round festivals and events. Outside of familiar chains and a few indies, the Omni New Haven Hotel is the go-to high-rise just off the town green. The Study at Yale, however, is the design-forward option just up Chapel Street.

For lunch, head to Claire’s Corner Copia to taste test a New Haven institution. Owner Claire Criscuolo opened this vegetarian eatery with her husband Frank in 1975. Today the bustling, casual restaurant is a true prize in the heart of town, serving award-winning quiche, soup, and desserts (the signature Lithuanian coffee cake is the stuff of legends). And it’s not just delicious, but also easy on your conscience. Claire uses organic, sustainable ingredients, along with vegan, kosher, and gluten-free dishes.

In the afternoon take a Yale campus tour. Free and open to the public, the student-led tours leave from the Elm Street Visitor Center weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and weekends at 1:30 p.m. For about an hour, you get an overview of the campus layout, history, notable artwork, and some of Yale’s architectural gems. The school has an impressive roster of famous people who gained their higher education on this storied campus, which dates back to the 1640s. Not many institutions can claim their influence on names like Morse, Whitney, Bush, Clinton, Streep, Buckley, and countless other high achievers.

That said, you can actually get closer to some of those trailblazers at the Grove Street Cemetery. On the north side of the main Yale campus, the cemetery is a meditative ground laden with legacy. It’s a lovely place to roam or to catch a free weekend tour.

It’s a nice surprise when a hotel restaurant exceeds every expectation. The Study’s Heirloom Restaurant pulls off seasonal farm and coastal cuisine in a polished, mod setting. Dinner prices are reasonable (even more so for brunch and lunch) considering the fresh, local ingredients like Connecticut-sourced produce, shellfish, and meats. Come prepared for impressive wine and cocktails and don’t miss the “warm local ricotta” with thyme and truffles.


New Haven is a city of firsts. Many inventions and companies were born in this wee metropolis of just 130,000. (The population swells to about 200,000 once school resumes.) Among the world-shaking innovations are the Frisbee, cotton gin, automatic revolver, and the first telephone exchange. Food is obviously big here too, with the hamburger, lollipop, and Culinary Institute of America all rooted in New Haven’s heritage.

You’ll learn about these and many other facts on a very filling Taste of New Haven tour. Founder, guide, and native Colin Caplan and his team offer group tours mainly on weekends, though private and custom tours are available (and affordable). They focus on different neighborhoods and themes, including a bike tour and a Halloween-appropriate “Trick or Eat Spooky Tour.” But Caplan’s real expertise is in famous New Haven pizza—or as it’s locally known, “apizza” (pronounced “a-bizz”).

Catch the company’s Wooster Square tour. It varies a little but usually starts from Little Italy, at the famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (est. 1925) to sample traditional tomato or white clam pies or more modern variations straight from its enormous coal-fried brick oven. This is just one of the vintage Italian eateries on Wooster Street, where you can hear locals debate all day about which apizza is the best. Some lean toward supremely old-school joints like Pepe’s, nearby Sally’s Apizza, or Modern Apizza; others go for new-school artisan pies from Da Legna.

Clear your pizza palate with Italian ices from Libby’s, whose vintage décor appears trapped in the ‘60s even though it dates back to 1922. Its ices are divine, and you can take the cannoli to go. Back toward the city center, sample everything from tantalizing take-out Indian at Tikkaway Grill (don’t be surprised when it becomes a national chain) to fresh handmade breads and pastries at G Café to tasty empanadas and mojitos at Zafra Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar.

Theater is serious business in New Haven, where Yale School of Drama graduates like Paul Newman, Liev Schreiber, Jodie Foster, Frances McDormand, and so many more learned the entertainment ropes—a good number of them blazing a path to the Academy Awards. Saturday is a good night to take your pick of plays at the sophisticated Yale Repertory Theatre or the award-winning Long Wharf Theatre or a showy touring production at the historic Schubert Theatre. Who knows what future Oscar winner will take the stage during your long weekend.

Duck into the Owl Shop for a post-theater nightcap and cigar. It’s got sidewalk seating in warm weather, and its interior still owns that sexy 1930s-era, dark wood charm. If you miss it tonight, stop by tomorrow for daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. and check the calendar for the live-music lineup.


A hearty brunch awaits at Harvest Wine Bar, where $18 prix-fixe brunches bring you two courses, most of them loaded with fresh produce directly from the half-dozen farms listed on the menu. The spring pea ravioli is especially flavorful (though seasonal), but it’s hard to argue with an ace eggs benedict or “two-handed” BLT with avocado and lemon aioli.

A dose of culture follows at the beautiful Yale University Art Gallery, where you’ll find everything from European masters to African and Asian art to photography to impressive modern-American collections. It’s both free and small enough to enjoy in a single afternoon.

For souvenirs, head to The Shops at Yale along the corridors of Broadway and Chapel Street. There are several museums, restaurants, big and small retailers, and of course the Yale Bookstore where you can stock up on Bulldogs paraphernalia. On most Sundays you can find the Broadway Open Markets occupying the triangle at Elm and York, where local crafty types and a slew of food trucks set up shop all day.

Where to Stay

Located on the main artery that is Chapel Street, The Study at Yale is the result of a multimillion-dollar renovation completed in 2008. You’d never know its sleek accommodations were once a humble motor lodge. With its spacious rooms, enormous windows, and a few strategically preserved architectural details, the hotel offers 124 guestrooms and suites, each outfitted with local artwork and comfy leather reading chairs and lights—especially helpful for making use of the huge lending library in the hotel lobby.

By Kelsy Chauvin

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Yale University Properties Signs New Lease for The Anchor Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:32:33 +0000 New Haven, Conn. — Yale University Properties has signed a lease agreement with Karl Franz Williams for the former Anchor space at 272 College Street in New Haven. The new establishment, which will maintain the name The Anchor, will also preserve the façade of the building. Yale University Properties worked closely with the City and members of the community to find a new tenant who would bring a fresh presentation while maintaining the history and architecture of the former Anchor.

Karl Franz Williams currently operates a successful business in Harlem known as 67 Orange Street.  67 Orange Street, which opened in December of 2008 to critical acclaim, is a classic cocktail bar that takes its name from the address of one of the first successful black-owned bars in New York City circa 1847.  67 Orange Street today boasts excellent ratings in every category by Zagat, and has received strong reviews from New York Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Post, and The New York Times.  A graduate of Yale University, Williams has designed cocktails for the Yale Club of NY, D’USSE Cognac, and many other commercial and non-commercial clients.

“We are thrilled to be part of the New Haven community and part of the Yale University Properties’ portfolio,” said Williams.  “We look forward to paying tribute to the great history of this nostalgic location while bringing a new world vibe to the food and beverage presentation.  As a Yale graduate, it is extremely exciting for me to re-invigorate this concept for New Haven.  I look forward to becoming a part of the diverse cultural fabric that makes New Haven great.”

Yale University Properties worked diligently to find a strong operator for the location, which is held in sentimental regard by so many in the community.  Charlie Moore, original owner of the Anchor commented that he is “delighted that the legacy of the Anchor will continue to be a part of the award winning New Haven restaurant scene.”   Although Williams and Yale worked diligently to secure and retain the existing Anchor sign, the Moore family, who owns the sign, will keep it in their family.

“We wanted to be sensitive to the history of the Anchor, while inviting a new and exciting concept for the space,” said Lauren Zucker, Yale University Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties.  “As promised, we were committed to identifying an operator who would meet the needs of our community and we are delighted to welcome the new Anchor to New Haven.”

The Anchor

The Anchor, in this new campus-community concept by Karl Franz Williams, will offer simple yet classic menu items including healthy salads, small plates, and sandwiches along with a unique mixology concept.  The Anchor will be open seven days per week.

Yale University Properties

Yale University Properties’ mission is to enhance the quality of life in New Haven by providing a unique merchandising mix of restaurants and shops. Through Yale’s community investment program, the University contributes to the vibrancy of downtown New Haven by creating jobs and is one of the city’s top taxpayers. For more information about Yale University Properties, please visit


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