Faces & Places
The Fabric of Our Community
The Happy Coin is known to be one of the town’s most interesting places and optimal finds, and with good reason.
Ever since it first opened back in 2014, this shop, located in the heart of Cos Cob at 418 East Putnam Avenue, has come to be known as one of the most esteemed and respected rare coin and precious metal dealerships in the Fairfield and Westchester county areas based upon its terrific inventory as well as its fine reputation.
It is owned and operated by Chris Moran, whose experience, amiable attitude and intelligence seem be a main driving force behind its success.
The Happy Coin is a treasure trove in every sense of the word, as it sells an extensive and compelling inventory of rare coins, currency and bullion and features a cool gallery of different gold, silver and copper coins, American Gold and Silver Eagles and products from the Royal Canadian Mint and the Perth Mint, among other things.
Specifically, the Happy Coin specializes in better date, rare gold coins and also gold and silver bullions.
Meanwhile, the Happy Coin is regarded to be a premiere buyer of U.S. and foreign coins, currency and bullion, and purchases anything that is Numismatic.
A member of such notable organizations such as the Professional Numismatists Guild, the American Numismatic Organization and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, this Cos Cob-based business also purchases precious metals, gold, platinum and silver jewelry, fine watches, diamonds and silver collectibles such as place settings and tea sets.
At the same time, the Happy Coin also offers appraisals for trusts, estates and conservatorships, indicating it is a full-service business in every sense of the word.
Perhaps the most compelling thing about this shop, however, is its incredible environment, which could best be described as one of warmth and friendliness and also one of discretion and security.
The Happy Coin is truly a place unto itself, as it offers customers a wide range of different possibilities in terms of handling and growing their precious wares.
Here, the possibilities definitely seem endless, that is for certain.
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The Village Ewe is a true gem in every sense of the word.
This charming and unique needlepoint shop, located in the heart of Old Greenwich on Sound Beach Avenue, is the only exclusive retail business of its kind to exist in the Greenwich/Stamford area and has earned a reputation as one of the finest business establishments around. It has been recognized as Best in the Gold Coast by Moffly Media and Best in Fairfield and Westchester by Serendipity for good reason.
Walking into this shop is an experience unto itself as one is warmly greeted by Estelle Hall, the store’s owner and proprietor, who, along with her welcoming and dedicated staff of specialists, are all there to help guide and assist any level of needlepoint enthusiast through a project.
Inspiration abounds from the moment one enters the shop with its white walls that feature an explosion of colorful yarns and beautiful canvases which could potentially made into decorative pillows, chair covers, holiday ornaments, rugs or even jewelry boxes, among other things.One of the most popular products are custom painted canvases for belts, pillows and stockings. Additionally The Village Ewe offers a service that will do the needlepointing for you -- a stitching service; thus providing a "beginning to end" service for those too busy to stich.
The most interesting thing about this venue, however, is the friendly and sophisticated clientele it seems to draw.
Known to have some of the most loyal customers of any retailer in the area, The Village Ewe, which has been in existence for over 60 years, seems to attract people who are interesting and committed to the craft of needlepoint.
This group includes teachers, homemakers, business executives and also students, among others, all of who are interested in either starting a project, buying thread or needles or who might just want to ask a question about an existing work in progress.
No matter what, something always seems to be happening at this locale, which also offers workshops, lessons and other neat things.
At the heart of it all, though, what makes this store so special is the fact that it revolves around one of the world’s most iconic and popular crafts.
Needlepoint, a form of counted thread embroidery in which thread is stitched through open-weave canvas, is really much more than just a craft, but a pursuit in which one can create, relax and build their concentration skills.
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Action Arts serves as a main Greenwich hotspot and with good reason, as this multi-faceted and dynamic business offers kids a terrific range of cultural and physical options in the arts and karate.
Regarded to be one of the town’s busiest and most popular destinations for these enriching and all-important endeavors, the Action Arts and Karate School are owned by the amiable Richard and Jacqui Zimmerman.
Located on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, this business has an interesting history.
Originally, it started out more than 40 years ago as Action Arts Photography, a premiere photography studio in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
During the 1970s, 1980s and much of the 1990s, Action Arts Photography earned acclaim for their exceptional wedding and portrait work and had many devoted clients that included celebrities such as Joe Namath, the National Football League Hall of Fame New York Jets icon and his family, among others.
Toward the end of the 1990s, however, the Zimmermans felt it was time to bring their business to another level.
Hence, in 1997, they opened Old Greenwich Karate School, which was run by Sensei Richard and quickly became known as a prime hotspot for martial arts.
In 2007, the Zimmermans started Action Art School and a year later, in 2008, added summer camps in art, karate and Lego building.
The evolution of Action Arts over the years has been a positive in every sense of the word, as this site has come to represent one of the most vital and important learning destinations for fine arts and karate.
According to the Zimmermans, the Action Art School has been a fulfilling and wonderful venture on all fronts.
“We have enjoyed working with all types of clients and wouldn’t change a thing,” said Jacqui and Richard. “They are all appreciative and friendly and their children are all eager to learn.”
Jacqui and Richard, both of whom are said to possess great passion in regard to their teaching, also have enjoyed all aspects of being here in Greenwich, especially the level of dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of their students and clients from the area.
“We are so honored to have been able to share our love with those eager to learn,” said Jacqui and Richard. “Greenwich is such a beautiful town and [has been] an amazing place to run a business.”
The Zimmermans have also been generous as well in terms of sharing their business in and around the community.
Since 2016, they have extended their art and karate offerings and expertise to the kids of Kids in Crisis, who have an open-door invitation to Action Arts, which has been an important and fulfilling thing for everyone involved.
A wonderful purpose
According to the Zimmermans, who have been based in Old Greenwich for more than 40 years, the purpose of the Action Art School is to provide the community with a variety of kid-friendly classes and activities with a focus on art and the martial arts.
The Action Art School offers art classes to children from ages three and a half to 13 from September through to late June and karate classes to children ages four and up and adults throughout the entire year.
In regard to the art classes, students are taught different techniques and skills that they are able to incorporate into their work and learn about a range of topics that included the lives and background of famous artists, the history of different cultures around the world, the color wheel and how to mix various shades and tones.
In addition, art students are taught how to work with a variety of mediums such as canvas, watercolor and ceramics.
The karate classes, meanwhile, offer its students a means to learn about this endeavor in a gentle and non-aggressive atmosphere.
During the summer, Action Arts offers children (ages three and a half and up) a wide range of interesting art, Karate and Lego camps that commence in early June and run through the entire summer.
These camps, run 10 to 12 weeks during the summer, can be mixed in different combinations weekly and include fun games and other things.
At the same time, the Action Art School offers art, karate or Lego-themed birthday parties, which are always a big hit with its customers.
Your kids will love the fun activities here, and they will be learning and developing in essential ways!