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Rebel & Rose Inks A Lease Downtown

We last checked in with Amanda Mas in August 2020. After several bad workplace experiences, the tattoo artist had started a private studio.

It was a few months into the pandemic. But she was booked solid for the next 2 months.

Now Amanda has made another move. She just opened Rebel & Rose. It’s at 155 Post Road East, above Field Trip Jerky & Snacks, and across from Design Within Reach.

Rebel & Rose is groundbreaking for several reasons:

  • The first tattoo studio in Westport
  • The first women-owned and operated tattoo studio in Fairfield County
  • The first business to take advantage of new downtown regulations, permitting retail and services above the first floor.

All are noteworthy accomplishments.

This being Westport — and Amanda being a woman who worked for years in a male-dominated industry — Rebel & Rose is not your typical tattoo parlor.

Rebel & Rose’s unique waiting area.

Amanda calls it a “tattoo and beauty” service. She and 2 other women offer tattooing, scar camouflage, piercings, lashes, brow tinting and microblading.

They sell high-quality jewelry, and carry luxury products.

This is not, Amanda notes, “a dark, intimidating place with skulls everywhere. It feels comforting, welcoming — like a nice apartment.” Each of the women — tattoo artist, lash and brow expert Ally Sticca, and piercer Megan Lynn — has a private room.

From left: Amanda Mas, Ally Sticca, Megan Lynn.

When she got tired of working alone, Amanda knew that Westport was the only place to go. “Downtown is a magical place,” she says.

But rents are high. Last year she found what she thought was a perfect spot, over Field Trip Snacks. But zoning regulations prohibited “goods and services” from operating above the first floor.

Several “amazing” people — landlord Peter Gray, 1st-floor tenant Randy Herbertson, Herbertson’s attorney, Planning & Zoning Department director Mary Young, and a few Planning & Zoning Commission members — began pushing for a change.

It took longer than expected. Amanda thought she could open January 1. Approval finally came last month. Last week, Rebel & Rose welcomed its first customers.

They love the welcoming vibe. They appreciate the 3 women’s care and concern. (“We tell them right out front if something not right for them,” Amanda says.)

Tattoo art by Amanda Mas: flowers on an arm.

Not all customers are female. Rebel & Rose welcomes men (and teenagers and children, for piercing).

Amanda looks forward a grand opening in April. In the coming months, she’ll invite guest artists, to offer different styles.

She’s working on a sign too. Though rules have changed to allow 2nd-story retail downtown, signage regulations have not followed suit.

That’s the least of her concerns. “People find us,” she says.

And after walking up the stairs for a tattoo, piercing, or lash or brow treatment, they tell others.

The 2nd story “story” is a great one.

Downtown Field Trip: Jerky Rejuvenates Westport

When I say “jerky,” odds are you don’t immediately think “Brooklyn.”

Or “Westport.”

You should. 

Field Trip — the hot producer of healthy, protein-rich snacks in sticks and bites ranging from beef, chicken, turkey and pork to jalapeño, cracked pepper and everything bagel — has just moved its headquarters here, from New York.

The Field Trip office on Post Road East is directly opposite Design Within Reach.

They’ve just opened a store too. They’re in 50,000 retails outlets nationwide — including Target, Stop & Shop, Walgreens and CVS. Field Trip is also served on Jet Blue and United Airlines.

But this is the only Field Trip store in the world. And they won’t open any more.

Hot jerky just made Westport a whole lot cooler.

The story begins with Matt Levey. Now 37, he grew up partly in Weston. He spent nearly 10 years in finance, but 7 years ago — after loving the jerky sold at Singleton’s, a country store near Okemo Mountain where hunters brought meat to be smoked, then sold as jerky — he and 2 partners quit their jobs.

They pooled their money — all $11,500 of it — and began testing recipes. Field Trip was born.

“New York is filled with people who wanted healthy food, like jerky,” Matt says. “But all they could buy was gas station junk.”

Field Trip offers a wide variety of jerky. It is definitely not junk.

He and his partners rode bikes all over the city. They sold their product — literally — store by store.

Field Trip is big now. So big that they’ve moved from Brooklyn to Westport.

Matt always liked this area. He, his wife and young kids just bought a house in Greens Farms. One of his partners is moving here too.

The new headquarters was not a hard sell for his employees. One commuted 2 1/2 hours from Long Island to Brooklyn. Surprisingly, his drive to Westport is half that. Another found it’s only a few minutes more from Harlem than before.

They’re finding downtown Westport to be fun. And Matt found that the empty storefront next door to his new office — directly across from Design Within Reach (the old post office) — was perfect for a Field Trip storefront.

Matt Levey, in his new Field Trip store.

“This area reminds me of when I was a kid, walking around downtown,” he says. “Little Kitchen had 2 little tables, a couple of doors down from Westport Pizzeria. Klein’s was like a mom-and-pop shop.

“We’re small, but fast growing. And nothing brings out a small town feel like a jerky shop.”

Last week, Matt was busy building a picnic table that will sit in the center. One counter and several walls were filled with jerky products (and Field Trip blankets and t-shirts).

He showed off his many grass-fed beef, gluten-free, no-nitrites, no-corn syrup snacks. There’s parmesan peppercorn, sweet chipotle and maple BBQ pork; mandarin orange, and sea salt and pepper beef, and lots more.

The Field Trip counter: fun, and filled with great-tasting products.

Matt is particularly proud of his everything bagel jerky. It’s a hot new flavor trend — and he’s trademarked the name.

But, Matt notes, the storefront is less about making money than bringing enjoyment to people — and life to downtown.

“This one is for Westport,” he says.

Brooklyn, eat your heart out. And Westport: Eat up!

(For more information on Field Trip, click here.)