There are just not that many places to get one of a kind clothing and accessories — that is, without having to turn to online shopping sources such as Etsy. As much as I love Etsy, for me, nothing beats going to the store to try on or see what you’re buying before you get it. I don’t know about you, but in my experiences when shopping online, the picture sometimes isn’t what you actually expected to get.

However, there’s one store that I can turn to that will not fail to give me quality items at a good price. That is Dava in Hamden.

Located in the Hamden Mart(where the shop has been located since 1991), Dava has clothing, jewelry and gifts. Each and every item Dava has is unique — from the bracelets to clothing. They showcase local artists as well, which is a really cool thing for a local shop to do.

You know how in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn describes her love for Tiffany’s as a place where nothing bad ever happens and a calming, soothing place for her? Well, that’s what Dava is for me.

I mainly go there to shop for my rings, and every time I go there, I am not disappointed. The rings aren’t that pricey, and they are really well-made. I am pretty rough on my jewelry. I pretty much wear my rings for weeks on end, and after a while they begin to bend in the back. That is not the case with my Dava rings. I’ve worn some of them for over fours years, and they still remain the same as the day I purchased them. And, I’m still getting compliments on every single piece I’ve purchased (because, let’s face it, I’ve bought quite a few).

While the quality of Dava’s inventory is outstanding, the customer service also is something worth noting, as they are a crucial part to any shopping experience. The sales associates are so friendly and happy to help you — whether you have a question about an item or if you want to try multiple rings on (as I’ve done on numerous occasions). That is something that you certainly can not get when buying items online.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a one of kind gift for anyone — even the dog — Dava in Hamden is the place to go. This even includes gifts for yourself.

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