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In honor of Connecticut Magazine's 50th anniversary, here are some selected products from local businesses that have been going strong for at least a half-century.

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Thompson Chocolate (since 1879):  Dark chocolate silver and gold stars Connecticut’s oldest chocolate maker offers these dark chocolate stars that can decorate tables at a party or be added to any centerpiece. $8.99, Thompson Chocolate, Meriden.

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Bigelow Tea (since 1945): “Constant Comment” tea The Bigelow Tea original. To this day members of the Bigelow family are still the only ones who blend this secret recipe of black tea and orange rind. $3.39–$3.59. Sold at grocers and retailers across Connecticut.


Barrett Bookstore (since 1939): Tempest: Poems, by Ryan Meyer. This new collection of poetry explores fear, hope and self-identity through fictional vignettes and personal accounts. $12.99, Ryan Meyer Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty, by Lauren Weisberger. From the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons comes a novel about sisters, perfect lives and their perfect lies. $28, Random House. New Kid and Class Act: The Box Set, by Jerry Craft. From acclaimed author-illustrator Jerry Craft, this box set includes two New York Times bestsellers. $25.98, Quill Tree Books. Barrett Bookstore, Darien.

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Malloves Jewelers (since 1928): Blessing bracelets Made from sterling silver, stackable and available with a variety of faceted stones. $29.95 & up. Malloves Jewelers, Middletown.

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Hosmer Mountain Soda (since 1912): More than 20 flavors of soda, including old-fashioned favorites, classic fruits and seltzers. $18.25 per 24-bottle case. Hosmer Mountain Soda, Willimantic. Retail locations in Willimantic and Manchester.

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Woodbury Pewter (since 1952): Pewter julep cup Handcrafted cup for your favorite beverage, cocktail or as a decorative accessory. Available in bright polished or satin finish and multiple sizes. $49. Woodbury Pewter, Woodbury.

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Zahner’s Clothiers (since 1951): Alden Indy boot The boot that Indiana Jones wore, in reverse chamois leather and handmade by one of the few remaining U.S. shoemakers. $625, Alden New England. Zahner’s Clothiers, Vernon.

This article appears in the September 2021 issue of Connecticut MagazineYou can subscribe to Connecticut Magazine here, or find the current issue on sale hereSign up for our newsletter to get our latest and greatest content delivered right to your inbox. Have a question or comment? Email And follow us on Facebook and Instagram @connecticutmagazine and Twitter @connecticutmag.