Ridgefield has been named “Connecticut’s #1 Town” on multiple occasions by Connecticut Magazine because of the quality of community this town has. On the weekends, you’ll find locals playing on the sports fields, hiking through Ridgefield parks, browsing the Main Street shops and boutiques, gazing through museums, watching a play or volunteering for an incredible cause. Residents genuinely give their time and their hearts to this town. Families grow stronger and create life long memories through these experiences while helping to keep the Ridgefield community strong and close knit.
Ridgefield is home to one of the most picture-perfect New England downtown districts. Main Street embodies the spirit of Ridgefield in the sense that this town truly is a community. Walking down Main Street, you’ll find neighbors, friends and family who deeply care about one another. The streets are lined with shady trees creating a comfortable path to walk on during even the hottest Ridgefield weather. Ridgefield’s Main Street is exactly what a downtown district in a small town in Connecticut should look like. Warm, friendly and full of small-town charm.
Shopping and Dining
Trees aren’t the only thing lining the streets of Downtown Ridgefield. Shops and eateries abound on Main Street. From gift shops to lingerie stores, ice cream shops and toy stores, there’s a place downtown to peak any person’s interest. Main Street’s shopping and dining options include: Touch of Sedona, Planet Pizza, Lucy’s, Cheers, Silver Lining Consignments, The Variety Shoppe, Olley Court, Purple Frog, Tazza Café, Books on the Common, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Rodier Flowers, and more! There are also several banks, convenience stores and even Town Hall located on Ridgefield’s attractive Main Street.
Several events happen throughout the year in Downtown Ridgefield. During the summer time, families gather downtown for free concerts and the annual Memorial Day Parade. A street cart on Main Street serves locals during these events with delectable gourmet hot dogs. In the spring time, there is a Spring Stroll that features jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, ribbon twirlers, music, magic, a scavenger hunt, family game night, a catwalk, a petting zoo and more. During the winter time comes the Holiday Stroll which includes baked goods, hot yummy drinks, gifts and more to support local causes. The causes include: American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Ridgefield Lions Club, Rotary Club of Ridgefield, and several more.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi hopes to add more retailers to the downtown district to bring more foot traffic to the delightful area. The town might not be able to have more national retailers added to the district just yet, but existing stores in the area may want to expand to nearby cities such as Ridgefield. Main Street has more than enough charm to it, but adding more local retailers to the area would bring in more visitors, giving Main Street Ridgefield the attention that it deserves. It’s truly a timeless downtown that is appreciated by many, but it could definitely be appreciated by countless more.