A new store in Southington offers local and sustainable goods and services

SOUTHINGTON – A new shop on Center Street offers locally crafted items, tea, coffee and more.

Fable, at 96 Center St., was opened on June 25 by owners Evan Seide and Tina Parzaile. Most items are antiques or sourced from local vendors. The shop offers merchandise from further afield, like soaps from France, but the focus is on sustainable products from small businesses, Seide said.

The shop also offers workshops. The first is for mind and body, including yoga, pilates, massage and music therapy. An art workshop will include lessons in candle making, soap making, wind chimes and terrarium building. The shop will also offer a terrarium workshop station.

“You can come and get a container and fill it up, like a salad bar,” Seide said.

Fable also offers 47 teas, served hot or iced, and local coffee. There is a lounge area where customers can enjoy their drink in the eclecticly designed shop. Crates full of items for sale include art prints and candlesticks.

Owner Michael Ferreri believes the business is unique for Southington town centre. He particularly likes the courtyards and the lounge area.

“I really think residents should stop by and take a look at what they have to offer,” Ferreri said. “I assure them they won’t see anything like it around here.”

The store also requires a liquor license to host wine and tea parties and speakeasy-style beer. Seide said they would like to have local musicians on a regular basis and are working on pop-up events for local artisans. They also offer event design for things such as weddings.

“A lot of people come in and (their) jaw drops,” Seide said.

He said the store offers residents a “chance to come somewhere and be creative and comfortable and not judged.” He added that they continue to develop their décor and products.

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Laura J. Boyer