The Shop Blog

Weekly On-Site Patch Application July 05 2022

Have a stack of patches you've yet to apply to something? Welcome to our world! Well, we can help you out. At the Strange Ways Studio we now have two size heat presses (large and small) as well as a sewing machine. We are offering weekly on-site application for jackets and bags Thursdays from 1-5PM. Come on by!

LIVE Flash Tattoos! June 19th for Punq Noire Festival June 14 2022

As part of Juneteenth commemoration, Strange Ways is thrilled to host part of the inaugural all day arts festival PUNQ NOIRE celebrating queer and BIPOC pioneers of punk! There will be events all day in downtown New Haven CT on Orange Street, and Strange Ways will be hosting the Flash Tattoo part of the festival on the Studio side of our storefront. It is so great to see underground creatives organizing something like this in our city. We hope to see you there!

Punq Noire Fest
New Haven, CT - June 19, 2022

Event Brite info

Strange Ways Studio
Syd University Flash Tattoos
from 12-4PM

Summer Strange Saturdays Pop-Ups June 09 2022

Shop makers in-person each Saturday at our storefront. Chat and browse with local makers! Taking place on our Studio side, for those that always wanna take a peak. 😏

June 11 : @jordanahava
June 18 : @joeghoulart
June 25 : @failedimagineer
July 2 : NO POP-UP 🇺🇸
July 9 :
July 16 : @pearl_studio_newhaven
July 23 : @_cactusfood_
July 30 : @chrisblush
August 6 : @alexasartworks
August 13 : @zundaillustrations
August 20 : @beadsbyrhe
August 27 : @dreamypunkshop


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Strange Ways Gets Shout-Out at the New Haven Night Market May 19 2022

Thank you to all who came out to our Friday the 13th “Patch Up Party” event that was held in participation with the New Haven Night Market. We were able to patch up a bunch of jackets, and also host our friends at Witch Bitch Thrift. The New Haven Independent (via writer and photographer Brian Slattery) gave us a feature in their article about the night.

One of the huge opportunities of getting the store downtown was that half of it could be studio space,” said Strange Ways owner Alex Dakoulas, of moving downtown from Westville.

It’s my office, it’s our studio for shooting products. We have heat presses now, and we’ve always wanted to host artist pop-up tables. That’s how Strange Ways started.” 

Read more at Night Market Spills Beyond Its Borders...

Weekly Saturday Artist Pop-Ups Have Begun! May 13 2022

We've been getting the Strange Ways Studio area (just the other side of our storefront) ready to host community events. Not only do we have a Friday the 13th Patch Up event, but EVERY Saturday will see a new creative maker tabling and selling. Come meet the makers, and support local artists!

Strange Saturdays
Artist Pop-Ups
151 Orange Street, New Haven CT
Every Saturday
from 2–6PM

Interested in tabling yourself at our Saturday series? Submit your work!

Patch Up Party (LIVE Heat Pressing!) on Friday the 13th May 12 2022

This Friday, to coincide with the New Haven Night Market, we'll be introducing our new in-house heat presses! Come on by and get your jacket or bag patched up at a discounted rate. We'll also have area thrift shop Witch Bitch Thrift selling vintage, and doing oracle readings for Friday the 13th.

Live Heat Pressing
Friday the 13th
from 5–9PM

Take 13% off entire store!

Movies in the Plaza Is Back for the Summer! May 03 2022

One of the cool things about moving Strange Ways to downtown New Haven? In the warmer months the Downtown Town Green District organizes movie nights every Wednesday. These events take place in Pitkin Plaza—which is directly outside our storefront. It kicks off THIS WEEK with Mean Girls!

Each movie night Strange Ways will be open later until 9PM too! So come on browse before you set up your chair and get settled in. How grool!

Saturday Pop-Up Vendors Wanted April 13 2022

Starting May 14 we will be hosting an artist/maker table EVERY SATURDAY at the Strange Ways Studio—just the other side of our storefront in New Haven, CT. This gives us a chance to allow local creatives to share and sell their work, and hopefully foster better community, opportunities, and good vibes. Apply today for consideration—just be serious and ready!

Be on the lookout for more events in the studio at Strange Ways soon.

New Storefront Hours! March 06 2022

Now that we've been fully settled into our new location in downtown New Haven, we're adjusting our shop hours to fit your wants. We're now open later every day to accommodate all the after work and Happy Hour foot traffic. Come check us out at the back of Pitkin Plaza if you haven't already!

151 Orange Street, New Haven CT

11AM–7PM  •  Monday
  •  Tuesday
  •  Wednesday
11AM–7PM  •  Thursday
  •  Friday
11AM–7PM  •  Saturday
11AM–5PM  •  Sunday

Need to park? Try using the 360 State Parking Garage! Enter on State Street (one street over from parallel from us), and then just use one of the stairwells to exit right into Pitkin Plaza. See y'all soon!

Our Sister Store Gets A Feature February 08 2022

When we moved Strange Ways from the quaint neighborhood of Westville Village that we had grown to love, shop owner Alex Dakoulas just couldn't leave the area behind. He's started another store in the old Strange Ways spot called Westville General. A classic New England general store vibe turned modern retail, our sister store focuses more on home, gifts, and food. We think many Strange Ways customers will also appreciate the vibe and offering.

Dakoulas didn’t want to simply run two Strange Ways locations in the same city; that seemed a little silly,” he said. ​He is from New England” — New Hampshire and Massachusetts — and I’ve been used to going to all these small-town general stores.” He wondered why Westville didn’t have a general store of its own already.

Recently Dakoulas was interviewed by the New Haven Independent about Westville General, which included his path of moving to Connecticut and starting Strange Ways to now owning two stores. Read the full article.

Westville General

910 Whalley Avenue, New Haven CT