I remember the first time I wandered into The Group W Bench, a Chapel Street institution for 53 years. (Hey, I'M 53! We're the same age!) It was the late 80's, and I was doing the Chapel Street shuffle, something that always ended with a few comic books being purchased, lunch at Atticus, and just a great day all around. I had never been in the shop before, but it was one of those days. I left with perhaps the greatest pair of sunglasses I've ever owned. I was immediately hooked.
Since that day it's been a constant, and I'm happy to say even my children got to experience the magic of Group W Bench, so little when they first did that one of them referred to it as "a Beatles shop." Pictured here is a sweet necklace I bought for my sweetheart of a daughter, that she loves.
So, it was sad to hear that the store's owner made the announcement that it was time for him to "step aside after 53 years and hopefully someone else carry on." Hey, it IS the epitome of a turnkey business. Wanna give it a try? Call 203-624-0683 to inquire. Steeped in 60's nostalgia and New Haven lore.