Hartford was once home to major department stores such as G. Fox and Company, Korvettes and Sage Allen but like many good things they come and go. Well those have gone and as Hartford is going through its renaissance new retail spaces are being created throughout the city and new stores and restaurants can be see all over the city and the area.

Hartford Shopping (These are just a few, there are others, and more will be opening in the next few years as new retail space becomes finished)

Clothing: Stackpole Moore & Tryon Co. at 242 Trumbull Street (Across from Hartford 21/ Hartford Civic Center), Fiona Stone Botique at 218 Pearl Street at Goodwin Square, Tuesday's located at 257 Asylum Street (Just past the Goodwin Hotel) Below US (men and woman clothing) Main Street, Marshalls at 79 Overlook Terrace (Charter Oak Marketplace), Fashion Bug at 77 William Shorty Campbell Street (Charter Oak Marketplace)

Jewelry:  Armstrong Rockwell Fine Jewelery at 271 Asylum Street, Christians Jewelry at 960 Main Street and Lux Bond & Green at 242 Trumbull Street (Inside Stackpole Moore & Tryon Co)

Shoes: Payless Shoe Source at 71 William Shorty Campbell Street (Charter Oak Marketplace)

Art: Artworks Gallery at 233 Pearl Street, CRT's Craftery Gallery at 1445 Main Street, Peabody Studios at 84 Barker Street, Art Connections Plus at 2309 Main Street, Paesaggio Gallery at 30 Arbor Street (2nd floor), Open Studio Weekend (the first weekend in November): local artists studios on Arbor Street, Artspace at 555 Asylum St, and more-open to the public, original art for sale.

Electronics: Game Stop at 69 William Shorty Campbell Street (Charter Oak Marketplace), Radio Shack at 63 Overlook Terrace (Charter Oak Marketplace)

Museum Gift Shops: Wadsworth Atheneum, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, State Capital, Old State House

Books: Catholic Book Store at 125 Market Street (In back of the Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown), The Jumping Frog at 56 Arbor Street, Tru Books at 3155 Main Street

Cameras: Camera Bar at 75 Asylum Street

Antiques: Hurst-McKee Gallery at 57 Pratt Street (Suite 204), LaFalce/ Fresher Fine Art at 31 Woodland, Bacon Antiques at 95 Maple Avenue

Furniture: Beacon Furniture at 85 Albany Avenue, Brass Plus at 941 Main Street

Bargains: Family Dollar at 190 Farmington Avenue, 1870 Main Street and 435 Franklin Avenue

Greater Hartford Shopping: Greater Hartford is home to numerous premier shopping facilties that cater to all needs

 Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center, West Hartford, CT: A traditional New England town center with more then 140 shops and restaurants (most of which are privately owned- non chain stores). Included are 20 food establishments (many have outdoor dining), banks, the West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford Library, West Hartford Board of Education Offices. This is a great place for an outdoor stroll to visit one of a kind shops and dine at one of a kind restaurants. Some restaurants at West Hartford Center include: Elbow Room (traditional American cusine), Grant's (Steakhouse), Bricco's (Italian), Max's Oyster Bar, Puerto Vallerta, Cosi (Salads, Sandwiches, Coffees, make your own Smores). You'll also find a Whole Foods grocery and REI outdoor store.

Directions to West Hartford Center from Hartford: Take I-84W to  Exit 43 (Park Road). At end of the ramp take a left and continue till 2nd light. At 2nd light take right onto N. Main Street and continue until center OR take Farmington Avenue from downtown Hartford into West Hartford Center

Westfarms Mall in West Hartford and Farmington: A 1,310,000 square foot regional shopping mall with 160 shops and restaurants. The mall opened in 1974 and expanded in 1997 and now includes such stores as Nordstrom's, Filene's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penny, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, California Pizza Kitchen, Banana Republic, Gap, Bath & Body Works, Bebe, Coach, Express, J Crew, Brookstone, Rainforest Cafe, Munsons Chocholates, Vicotorias Secret, Pacific Sunwear, Disney Store, Apple, and Talbot's. The area around Westfarms includes such stores, restauarants and businesses as Best Buy, Old Navy, Sears, Toys R Us, EMS, Trader Joes, Chili's, Olive Garden, Barnes & Noble, Target, Borders and a hotel.

Directions to Westfarms Mall from Hartfod (Mall is only about 7 miles from Downtown Hartford): Take I-84W to Exit 40, take right onto New Britan Ave (Route 71)  and follow till mall

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester, CT: A 1,100,000+ square foot regional shopping mall that opened in 1990 that is just underwent a renovaton and expansion to add another 56,000 square feet of retail space. The mall is home to stores such as Filene's, JC Penny, Barnes & Noble, Sears, Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie, Brookstone, EB, Journey's, Foot Locker, Footlocker, Lids, Starbuck's, Friendly's, and Vinny T's of Boston. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills and the area around it have become one of the largest concentrations of retail and services in the northeast. The area around the mall is home to such stores, restaurants and businesses as Walgreens, Christmas Tree Shop, Guitar Center, Best Buy, Sam's, Borders, Modells Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Lowe's, Toys R Us, Office Depot, a movie theater, two hotels, and a lifestyle center in South Windsor called The Shoppes at Evergreen Walk (See Below)

Directions to the Shoppes at Buckland Hills (Only about 8.5 miles from Downtown Hartford): Take I-84E (You will go over Bulkley Bridge) to exit 62 (Buckland Street). At end of exit take a left onto Buckland Street and then take next right onto Buckland Hills Drive

The Shoppes at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, CT: A two phase lifestyle center (storefronts facing outwards- no indoor corrdoirs) with phase I complete. Phase 1 features 285,000 square feet of space that is home to such shops ans restaurants as Banana Republic, Gap, Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Bombay Company, Talbots, Joseph A Bank, Starbuck's, Teds Montana Grill, Atlanta Bread and Old Navy. The facility features a Village Green with a Starbuck's  and seating for several hundred people for concerts in the summertime. There is a main drive that runs through the shoppes at at the end there are two free standing restaurants and soon there will be a supermarket and medical office space. Phase II of the project will add 90,000 square feet of space

Directions to the Shoppes at Evergreen Walk (Only about 9 miles from Downtown Hartford): The shoppes are only minutes down the road from The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in...Take I-84E (You will go over the Bulkley Bridge) to Exit 62 (Buckland Street). At the end of the exit take a left onto Buckland Street and continue through 2 traffic lights (As you go by the second light you will go by an Olive Garden on the left). After the second light start to look for the shoppes on the left.

The Shops at Somerset Square in Glastonbury, CT: One of the first lifestyle centers in the country, Somerset Square is home to more then 20 shops and restaurants including Talbots, Gap, J Jill, Gap Kids, Ann Taylor, Joseph A Bank, Starbuck's, Coldstone Creamery, Smith & Hawken, and Coldwater Creek (Opening Soon). The surrounding area is home to an array of office buildings, additional stores and two hotels that are all associated with the Somerset Square Development.

Directions to Somerset Square from Downtown Hartford (Only about 5 miles from Downtown Hartford): Route #1: Take I-84E over the Bulkey Bridge to Route 2 East (Towards Norwich/ New London) to exit 6 (Griswold Street). Take a right at the light at the end of the ramp. Continue through the next light (There is a Gulf Gas Station on the left and McDonald's on the right). The shops are 3/4 of the block down on the left. Route #2: Take I-91S to exit 25N (Route 3 N towards Glastonbury), go over the Putnam Bridge and take the 1st exit after the bridge (Main Street Glastonbury, you will see a Stop & Shop and Barnes and Noble from the highway right before the exit ramp). At the end of the ramp go straight through the ligt into the shops.

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT: A brand new 420,000 square foot lifestyle center that is home to such stores and restaurants as Old Navy, Limited Too, Bombay, Ann Taylor Loft, Joseph A Bank, Coldwater Creek, Panera Bread, Hollywood Video, Shaw's, Kohl's, Barnes & Noble and Bomday.

Directions to the Shoppes at Farmington Valley (Only about 12.5 miles from Downtown Hartford): Take I-84W to Exit 41 (South Main St). Take a right off the exit and continue through West Hartford Center. Road changes name to North Main Street. Continue until Bishops Corner Shopping District (You will see Marshalls on the left). After the Marshalls take a left at the light onto Route 44 W and continue over Avon Mountain (Please drive the speed limit over the mountain and be careful) for about 8 miles and the shops will be on the left

Riverdale Farms in Avon, CT: A restored 19th century dairy farm that is home to a variety of locally owned and operated shops, offices and restaurants. Shops include a clock store, cookie store, equestrian store, sports memoribilia store, jewelery store, music store and more. For dining there is Tower View Pizza, Toshi Japanese Restaurant, Cugino's of Avon (Same as Cugino's in Downtown Hartford and Newington), Bosc Kitchen and Wine Bar, and AS'n Delicateesan Restaurant

Directions to Riverdale Farms from Downtown Hartford (Only about 10 miles from Downtown Hartford): Route #1: Take I-84W to Exit 39 (Route 4). When you get off you will be on Route 4, continue to Farmington and then take a right onto Route 10 North and continue for 6 miles to Route 44 West. Take a left onto Route 44 W (by the Avon Old Farms Inn). After the 3rd traffic light take right onto Route 10 North and the shops are on the right (1/4 miled down) Route #2: Take I-91N to Exit 35B to Route 218 West to Route 185 West. Take a left onto Route 10 South  and the shops are 3 miles down on the left