Posts Tagged“bantam”

Sportsmen’s in Bantam is another perfect example of why we started blogging about businesses, life, and people in Litchfield County. It’s a store that we have driven by a great many times and thought, “We’re not sportsmen, there can’t be anything for us in there.” WRONG!! We were honestly quite blown away. Apologies to those who were already in the know, but we feel like we’ve made a great discovery! We can’t wait to share! Read on…

We first learned of artist Robert Deyber when we visited the Housatonic Trading Company in Bantam. Store owner Robert Graham presented us with neighboring artist Robert Deyber’s huge coffee table book, “Figures of Speech,” and we couldn’t get enough of it. We spent hours leafing through the pages, playing guess-the-phrase. Robert’s paintings are fun and entertaining, and as told on his website, his style has been described as both “kitsch and absurdist.” We just know we love!

Robert takes commonly used phrases/sayings/euphemisms that we’ve all heard at some point or another and adds his own clever twist. Once you figure out his spin on the English language, you too can become quite fluent!

The Gooseboro Drive-In restaurant in Bantam, selling classic roadside fare (ice cream cones, burgers and dogs, fried pickles…), is one of those places that is quintessentially Litchfield County. We could do a tour of all the great “blast from a better past” longstanding drive-ins we have in the area. Hmm, good idea. Thanks, readers – perhaps we will just have to tour them all!

And we thought we had busy schedules! When James Lenger isn’t competing internationally with Team USA in pentathlons (fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and running…you’re welcome – who can ever remember?) – he’s running his multi-city, multi-country guitar instruction business, Guitar Cities! We think he might be Superman…we asked him, but he just smiled at us in a Clark Kent kind of way…

We spent an afternoon with James (or Jim) at his newest branch of Guitar Cities; Sharp and Flat Music, located in the Switch Factory building on Route 202 in Bantam. Sharp and Flat provides private guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons in the Litchfield County area to all ages.

Even with our obvious lack of guitar skills, Jim had us strumming away by the end of our lesson; he’s clearly very patient (evident in the video) and a natural born teacher!

We all know men are not easy to buy for. With Father’s Day fast approaching, we decided to put together a perfect #shoplocal list for our readers. Here are 10 very thoughtful gift ideas (if we do say so ourselves) for dad, husband, man friend! Have a scroll and let these businesses know you saw them here on Unlocking Litchfield 😁