Hovering at a stoplight, overpassing the Norwalk River, I revel in the familiarity of South Norwalk and wonder what to uncover about this well-known Connecticut neighborhood.
Steps from Washington Street, Pedego is showing coastal visitors that there’s more than one way to enjoy South Norwalk. From beach cruisers to city commuters, tandems and trikes, visitors can buy or rent a variety of bikes for an afternoon of sightseeing. Pedego makes biking accessible to everyone: the Boomerang features a low step-through design, and the Trike provides stability and safety. Pedego is blazing the way for electric bikes in Connecticut.
South Norwalk has become as familiar to me as the hum of crossing the drawbridge. Yet, there are times, when I feel as though I’m a first timer again. That can be the most rewarding.
I stopped by a family-owned boutique in the heart of South Norwalk, Simple SONO offers a unique shopping experience to entice even the most reticent shoppers: from the sun-bathed walls to soy-based candles, warmth and comfort radiate throughout the store. Staple pieces of natural, high quality fabrics designed with coastal living in mind offer a polished and relaxed look for both men and women.
Just next door at Salon Etre, conversation flutters in the air as patrons relax beneath high ceilings and exposed brick, natural light filling the space. It lacks the frenetic energy so often found in busy salons, as highly trained stylists work with expert ease. Footrest up and head back, I melt into a clarifying treatment I didn’t know I so desperately needed, transforming my mane into a whirl of shine and brilliance.
Beach House, located a few streets away, offers a reprieve from the action of Washington Street. This contemporary American seafood restaurant serves up trusted crowd-pleasers: oysters can be enjoyed raw or as Oysters Rockefeller, following up with spicy tuna tartar. The chef whips up a well-loved dish with a twist: squid ink pasta takes the place of grains in a rich seafood risotto, and with just enough room left, one taste of the monkey bread with cream cheese filling has me making plans to return for brunch.