Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on Feb. 14 celebrating love and affection. It is traditionally a day on which people express their love for each other by presenting valentines flowers for men, offers of confectionery, and sending greeting cards. Thankfully, these offerings are found in abundance in Fairfield, as many stores gear up for one of their busiest sales days of the year.
Isabelle et Vincent, a Traditional French Bakery, located on 1903 Post Road promises nothing less than confectionery perfection. Husband and wife owners, Isabelle and Vincent, operated a bakery in France for fifteen years before relocating to Fairfield. This specialty bakery offers the very best in traditional French pastries, chocolates, cakes, seasonal specialties, rolls, breads and more. Using only the highest quality, freshest, all natural ingredients, each and every product is made each morning, by hand and from scratch. “Valentine’s Day is a big day for us, aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter, its probably our fourth biggest day of the year,” said Isabelle. “All of our chocolates sold out last year, so this year we plan to make more candies.”
Heart shaped milk chocolates with caramel inside and dark chocolates with ganache (with terms of endearment on top) will be offered along with a wide array of different flavored chocolate truffles, lip shaped chocolates, fraisier in heart shapes with vanilla mousse and fresh strawberries, a three chocolate mousse (dark, white, milk), and millefeuille opera Paris Brest with macaroons (pistachio, vanilla, raspberry).
Fresh breads include baguettes, boule and rolls in plain, multigrain, semolina, and olive. “Everything is home made on the premises, fresh daily. You cannot find these products anywhere else. We prefer to have the highest quality products, and use only the best quality ingredients with no preservatives, very pure and natural,” said Vincent. “We want to be the best we can be for our customers.”
Custom orders are welcomed anytime and for any occasion (holidays, graduations, communions, baptisms, birthdays and more). “This is a family business. We have wonderful customers; they give us back more than we give them. They are really, really wonderful and we say thank you,” enthused the couple. Vincent also promises an exciting animated Easter display not to be missed. Isabelle et Vincent, usually closed on Mondays, will be open Monday, Feb. 13. For more information please call (203) 292-8022
Sweet Rexies, ‘so much more than a candy store’, located at 1552 Post Road is also looking forward to a busy Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day is one of my biggest sales weeks,” said Nancy Lewis, Owner. “We are offering one stop shopping this year and are offering our customers convenience. We will be selling roses for the first time, along with all of our other products.” Sweet Rexies will be offering custom orders, custom gift baskets to fit every budget (including college gift baskets), Godiva red quilted heart shaped gift boxes, artisan chocolates, cake balls and assorted truffles in varying flavors including dark chocolate coconut, butter pecan, dark cherry cordials and dark champagne. Hand painted hearts will also be offered in a red velvet flavor, a dark chocolate with port inside, and a dark chocolate champagne with almond and strawberry filling. Customers can also fill bags with a multitude of varieties of candies sold by the pound. In addition, Sweet Rexies offers custom white chocolate Oreo cookies that can be customized with your digital photos, name or monograms — making great wedding and party favors. Sweet Rexies slogan ‘so much more than a candy store’ comes into play because they also sell gifts, toys, accessories, their own chocolate candy recipe called ‘ skinny bark’, probiotic frozen yogurt, American Girl Doll products, and an array of clothing lines including Butter, So Nikki and Pink along with a line of organic baby gifts by Angel Dear. Sweet Rexies finishes their products with hand done custom packaging/ wrapping, delivery in Fairfield County and nationwide shipping. For more information please call (203)254-3254
The Pink Cupcake Shack, located at 1215 Post Road in the Brick Walk Promenade offers ‘whimsical cakes and cupcakes to brighten your day.’ “Last Valentine’s Day we were only open for about a week and Valentine’s Day was crazy busy, so I think this year will be even busier. Next to Easter / Passover, this is our biggest sales time of the year. We already have orders,” said owner Diane. “We always put hearts on our cupcakes, but this Valentine’s Day we’ll be doing even more of them. Last year everybody wanted Red Velvet – it was the ultimate seller, so we’ll have lots of that.” With over thirty years of experience, the Pink cupcake Shack offers custom cakes, cupcakes, cake bites and decorative cookies, in every theme, size, shape and color. “Each baked item is made from scratch for you and every sprinkle comes with love.” The Pink cupcake Shack is family owned and operated and is currently celebrating their one year anniversary.