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Holiday Gifts

The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 3: The classic lady about town

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Fun and games at Morsel Munk

WINSTED — Morsel Munk, a combination outdoor sports and toy store, started life as an online-only store 10 and a half years ago. For the past six and a half years, owners Scott Rouleau and his wife, Brigitte, have operated a bricks-and-mortar shop  at 118 Main St.
For the holiday season, Brigitte Rouleau said the store has lots of unexpected gift ideas, including Docktails-brand beverage dispensers.

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The gift of tennis is a gift of love (literally)

TORRINGTON — The benefits of membership to a sports club are numerous. That’s why buying a loved one or friend a full or trial membership to a club is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give this holiday season.
There are a number of general fitness clubs that offer memberships, with services for all types of athletes. In the Tri-state region, clubs tend to be diminutive, or “boutique,” and to specialize in, for example, yoga or pilates or free weights.

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The name is misleading: It has new soul, too

NORTH CANAAN — Not everything at Old Soul in North Canaan is old. There are plenty of sparkling new items that would make excellent holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.  
But yes, as its name implies, the main mission of the shop is to find new homes for items that have already been owned and loved. It’s a perfectly appropriate mission for a store that resides in a space that for decades was home to Jim’s Garage, which was a destination for shoppers in search of “pre-loved” Subarus and other winter-worthy vehicles. 

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For yourself or your loved ones: the best books

There are two kinds of people in the world: book people and non-book people. You can tell you’re in the home of a non-book person when you don’t see any books or even bookshelves. Book people, on the other hand, tend to own more books than one person could possibly read in a single lifetime — which makes them very easy to buy gifts for.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 2: The 20-something boy making a home

I know. You spent his childhood cleaning up the ice cream he spilled on your couch, the crayon pictures he drew on the wall. His teen years were worse: dirty school clothes left on the floor and hockey bags that smelled like death. 
You love him, but your son is disgusting. 

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One-of-a-kind and delicious

SALISBURY — The Artisans Group sale at The White Hart was packed on Saturday morning, Dec. 2.
Frank Grusauskas was asked if the small wooden bowls were designed for dipping sushi into sauce.
“Yep,” he told the customer. “I tested them with soy sauce, and it didn’t stain them.”
Jocelyn Krodman of Petit Felts added new small figures to her lineup of needle-felted animals: a monkey head, a shrimp and a cactus.
“And I brought back the trout,” she said, pointing to a piscatorial creation.

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Living the dream

A rock star remembers
KENT — Being a rock star ranks high on the list of dream occupations, alongside football star, baseball star, astronaut and fireman. 
Steve Katz chose the path of rock star rather than EMT or athlete, and has no regrets. He was a founding member of two of the great early blues-inspired rock bands, Blood Sweat and Tears and The Blues Project. And in a career that’s spanned five decades, he’s worked with some of the all-time greats in the business, either as a musician or a producer.  

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Unexpected treasures at Bargain Barn

SHARON— Still looking for Christmas presents? Of course you are.
So get over to the Bargain Barn in Sharon, where you might have to rummage a bit to find that perfect gift.
Although the rummaging is considerably easier than it was at this time last year. The store has been reorganized, with the “Posh” clothing section split into men’s and women’s sections. The books are all in one spot, with some comfy chairs in case you want to read a bit.
In general, it’s a quicker browse.

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Guild offers a bit of old New England

NORFOLK — This town has many iconic images — the Haystack Mountain tower, the hand-painted directional sign on the village Green and the lime green façade of Infinity Hall, to name a few.   
There is one icon, though, that fooled the eye of many over the years, including me. 

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