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Stamford 'Hippie' Shop Pays Homage To Local Artisans

Nicole Simonelli, right, owner of The Funky Hippie Gift & Art Shop in Stamford, is shown with her mother Marie Joan Maio Simonelli. Photo Credit: The Funky Hippe Facebook page
A majority of merchandise sold at The Funky Hippee is handmade by Connecticut artisans. Photo Credit: The Funky Hippee Facebook page
The Funky Hippee has an array of inventory. Photo Credit: The Funky Hippee Facebook page

STAMFORD, Conn. -- When Nicole Simonelli opened The Funky Hippie Gift & Art Shop two years ago she focused on providing a venue for local artisans to sell their wares.

Everything is handmade and 90 percent of what she carries is made in Connecticut, Simonelli told Daily Voice in an email.

The store carries one-of-a-kind products for women, men, children, and pets. Shoppers can find everything from jewelry, to body care products, oil, candles, glassware, and scarves.

Crafters can stop in to sell their wares, she said.

"We are a collective shop of the unique. Lovers of all things handmade and recycled," she said.

The store's mission statement is to make shoppers and artisans alike "feel the spirit" of the warm and inviting space, according to Simonelli.

"Our aim is to make a statement in our community that handmade is better; better for our community and our economy."

The store is located at 101 Glenbrook Road, 2nd floor, Stamford.

For more information, click the store website here or Facebook page here or call 203-772-5585.

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