Shop Local For The Holidays–Support Bridgeport Businesses

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The Backstroke, therapy shopping for the holidays.

Let’s step up for Bridgeport businesses. Yes, free plugs for your favorite shops, eateries, saloons, liquor stores, car dealerships, destination points, even strip joints. Let’s put OIB buying power to work. We’d love to hear your recommendations for holiday shopping–North End, South End, East Side, West Side, Black Rock, Brooklawn, Upper East Side, East End, The Hollow, West End and all other neighborhoods in the city. Let’s do this.

Here’s a recommendation for stocking stuffers: The Backstoke Gift Boutique on State Street downtown. No one cracks backs into shape like the good doctor Jenny Lynne and her wellness center is a sweet spot for the little gifts that mean a lot. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed. This place could charge admission just to walk in and inhale deeply, such is the aromatic intoxication.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre–if you’ve never been you haven’t lived–has a bunch of cool upcoming shows for children and adults. Mama Mia, Abbamania’s coming! The DCT has joined Small Business Saturday where you can earn a $25 credit on your American Express account. Share your recommendations.

Shop with us on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, and earn a $25 credit on your American Express account!

We at Downtown Cabaret Theatre are proud to take part in Small Business Saturday this year, and we want to encourage you to Shop Small® with us on November 24th. Take advantage of our special offers:

Free $25 Club Cabaret Card with the purchase of $100 in Club Cabaret Cards (these make excellent gifts!)

Save 30% on a 3-show subscription to the Cabaret Children’s Theatre: standard seats for 3 shows are just $37.80, and premium seats for 3 shows only $50.40. Talk about an excellent stocking stuffer!

Mix and match any 3 Cabaret Nights shows for a 30% discount*

American Express is providing a $25 Statement Credit Cardmember offer for Small Business Saturday. After you enroll your card** you can shop online at by phone at 203.576.1636, or in person at the Downtown Cabaret box office.



  1. If you are needing a sumptuous cheese platter for a holiday party or some great cheeses, meats, breads, condiments etc., I most enthusiastically recommend Melt Market and Cafe. The shop is located at the corner of Lafayette Circle and Fairfield Avenue, and they carry the best St. Andre I have ever tasted. The platters they put together for entertaining are brilliant, delicious and they don’t skimp. Quality and quantity for a very good price for this type of high-end product.

  2. Could someone please buy me a 2013 X5 from BMW of Bridgeport? yahooy, let’s be friends. Please buy me a BMW. Okay, I’ll take a used one from Mimi Dragone on Fairfield Avenue.

  3. Buy Local! It Makes Cents!!!

    Good small out-of-the-box thinking by these small businesses. I believe Taco Loco is also participating in the AMEX promotion.

    Paging Paul Timpanelli and his BRBC? I forgot they only support their big bucks members and then throw an old member under the bus, who gave his organization for several years $100,000.00 a year free billboards for BRBC Business of the Year! Hey Paul! Will you love me in November like you loved me in July? It’s Time to Say Goodbye because Timpanelli is so YesterYear!

    Anna! I heard yahooy would like to turn you into a BVM! Hold the Stoli!!!

  4. I would suggest The Finer Things, on Wood Avenue for pottery and crafts, next to Woods End Deli. My favorite gift for a restaurant would be Bloodroot. Also there are a lot of nice shops on the water at Captain’s Cove, if they are still open this late in the season. Good idea, support BPT!


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