On the ground floor of the still-under-construction Bijou Square apartment building, the chic boutique Space has been open for a few weeks now, but tonight is the big opening.
Its owner, Robert Rackear, late of the old Inside Outlet in Fairfield, has brought to the city a retail shop that has some art, some jewelery, some decor, some apparel. Well chosen items, too — Liz Squillace, Denyse Schmidt, Ocheltree Designs… need I say more.
For the grand opening, Mr. Rackear has sent out over 1,000 invitations, and there’s an open invite on Facebook. Can you say “crowd control?”
Bijou Square is really starting to take shape. Across the street, Epernay bistro is firmly established, although it’s clear they should have made the bar bigger and the dining room smaller. The coffee shop is, unfortunately, gone, but there’s no doubt a new tenant will succeed there some day. Two Boots has been particularly embraced in town.
Next door, a new, upscale wine shop just opened, specializing in Portuguese varieties. No tallboys or pints here.
And in the corner unit? An appliance store! Actually no. Those are the stoves waiting to be installed in the units upstairs.
This building is the first new development downtown in decades, when some knuckleheads built some truly fugly eyesores (typical of the era, to be fair) that we have to live with today. Good to see they’re aiming high, with thoughtful and attractive buildings that flatter a deserving city.