West Side Of Westport Welcomes The Holidays

Over the years, downtown holiday decorations have ranged from dazzling to meh.

But that still beats across the river. The west bank of the Saugatuck has had no Christmas presence whatsoever.

The potential — with locally owned small shops, boutiques, restaurants, a high-end tailor, art gallery, the only toy store left in town, plus all that waterfront — is there. The execution has been missing.

For the past 2 years, Natalie Toraty — owner of Noya Fine Jewelry — has been discouraged by the lack of holiday festivities just a few steps over the bridge from Main Street.

This year, she and her neighboring businesses are doing something about it.

They’re collaborating to bring holiday joy — and customers — to what Natalie calls “this amazing part of town.”

Noya’s holiday window.

Businesses have organized a “Shop and Stroll” event every Wednesday and Saturday, through Christmas. Shops will be open until 8 p.m., with special promotions, food, drinks and entertainment. The first one is today — and Natalie is offering a designer trunk show.

The west side of the river has long played 2nd fiddle — or 3rd? — to downtown and Saugatuck. It doesn’t even have an official name.

But this holiday season, the folks who have invested their dreams — and money — there will bring lights, fun — and joy — to the area.

It’s their gift to all of us.

A few lights go a long way.

9 responses to “West Side Of Westport Welcomes The Holidays

  1. beautiful; makes me think of playing piano. Enjoy, Westporters!

  2. Noya is a wonderful shop!

  3. The intersection of State Street (aka the Post Road) and Wilton Road was once called Darrow’s Corner. Use that as a name!

  4. Simply: the West Bank😉

  5. The West Bank of the Saugatuck River is barely more than a mile wide and as little as a few hundred feet in its southern most portion at Saugatuck Shores. Until 1835 it was a part of Norwalk and is currently one of the most diverse parts of Westport. This looks like a very special event and I hope it gets great support.

    • Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

      Thanks Mike. You always bring wisdom with your posts. Saugatuck has long been under appreciated. It has great character. I hope you know how valuable your input is. (From a former ’58 class mate )

  6. Thank you for spreading the word. We’re thrilled about this holiday season and hope our collective events on the “Riverside”, help bring spirit and joy to our community. We appreciate everyone’s good wishes and suggestions. We hope to see you stroll through and share in some holiday cheer. There’s plenty for everyone!

  7. Noya is a wonderful shop run by two local moms. They have jewelry at many different price points – even baubles for kids. Hope Westporters will shop local and check out Noya and the other shops on the “West Bank.”

  8. Thanks Natalie! We are honored to be your neighbors and are looking forward to a fun and festive holiday season. And as always, thanks Dan.

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