A shop selling an eclectic assortment of gifts and home decor recently opened in Fairfield on the Post Road near the Bridgeport line.
Hazel Daze Boutique, a 700-square-foot store opened by Lib DeNure of Fairfield, sells many items for under $50 through about 15 product lines, including frames made from recycled bike parts and bowls, clocks and mirrors made from recycled record albums. The inventory also includes jewelry, photography and art from local artists, among other offerings, according to a news release.
DeNure was a dancer and dance teacher for many years in New York City before moving to Fairfield, where she worked as a fitness teacher at the Fitness Edge for several years. In 2000, she began selling gift and home decor items online and this February decided to open a storefront.
"I decided to open this store to prove that I could," said DeNure, who runs the store with two part-time employees.
DeNure said her start-up cost was kept to about $3,000 because her inventory came from her online store and her friends and family helped her set up the brick-and-mortar site, for which she has signed a one-year lease.
She said she is not aware of any competitors, given her store's uniqueness, and is confident the place will prosper in this bad economy because items are well-priced and people always need to buy gifts.
Hazel Daze, 68 Post Road, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 203-292-9662 or visit www.hazeldaze.com for information.