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Queer Mixer Pride Month Edition! @ Strange Ways May 23 2024

Bringing together the LGBTQ+ community for mixing and mingling. Spread the love, and maybe you'll even grow your love life? Being queer can make you bitter, so come on in and get down for some good vibes. Maybe you'll meet someone newβ€”friend, lover, or just a new connection!
~Special performance by burlesque performer Lovey Dovey
~ queer owned restaurant, Blue Orchid, will provide light appetizers! Refreshments will be available as well. We encourage you to keep the good vibes going by hitting the after-party at Blue Orchid, just a quick walk down the street!
~ R U QUEER? If YES, you'll save 10% on any in store Strange Ways purchase during the mixer!
~18+ only. Free to attend! Come by yourself or bring the whole posse!

Lit Fest @ Strange Ways! May 13 2024

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Join us for a literary festival happening in Pitkin Plaza, right in front of Strange Ways! We are celebrating written and spoken word in all of its forms. We have an incredible assortment of local creators who will be setting up shop in Pitkin Plaza, offering everything from poetry to comic books and everything in between!

Live music in the plaza from David Taylor Coffey from 1-3pm!

Open mic and haiku-off happening inside in Strange Ways Studio from 3-5pm!


Connectic*nt Magazine
Dekaying Poetry
Di-E-Ra - Graphic Novel Artists
Divine Zine
Magical Boy Basil - Graphic Novel Artists
Mathew Duman Graphic Design - Author
Morgan Bayona Art LLC
New Haven Zine Scene
Patrick Scalisi / Connecticut Cryptids - Author
Possible Futures Book Store
Sarah Michelle Elanaya - Writer
un.packing eclectic goods & oddities - Poetry, vintage books, and other goods


Star Wars Flash Tattoo Day! May 02 2024

May for force be with you! Celebrate May 4th at Strange Ways at our New Haven, CT storefront with Stars Wars and space-themed tattoos from Ghost Daddy and Ninetails Tattoo.

First come, first served!Β Prices range from $100-$250. Bring cash!



Shop Dad Vlog #3 - We got Broken Into... April 22 2024

Flair Fair Pin + Patch Market @ Strange Ways April 19 2024

After years of being on hiatus (with making a mini return at the New Haven Night Market last year) we're bringing back our pin and patch market in FULL FORCE! Flair Fair will now take place outdoors in Pitkin Plaza, located right outside the Strange Ways storefront. Over a dozen artists will be tabling where you can browse, buy, chat, and more in-person with the people behind the flair you love. There will also be an After Party and on-store patch application LIVE the day of the market. Visit the official Flair Flair website for all the details!


D.I.Y. DAY @ Strange Ways! March 22 2024

Join us for a day of creativity and community at Strange Ways Studio!
We'll provide basic supplies needed to sew/DIY your clothing (you're also welcome to bring your own), so come on by and sew on those patches or finish that mending project you've been putting off.
We'll also have art supplies and a button maker provided by our friends at Downtown New Haven, so you can make your own flair to add to your jacket!
Our friendly staff will be offering our sewing and heat application services, so if you'd rather have us do it for you, we're here for ya! We'll also be happy to share our hot tips and knowledge with you as you work on your own DIY project.
Light snacks and refreshments will also be available. Come spend the afternoon DIYing with us!

Our store was broken into... $2,000 worth of product gone. March 18 2024

Β On March 6th our store was broke into overnight. Over $2,000 worth of product was stolen.Β We've been posting about it on social media, but it's time to move forward. Through the generous donations of the brands and artists donating back what was stolen, coupled with the outpouring of support from our communityβ€”our spirits have been lifted. As one of our team, Stephan Oliveira said...


β€œI feel like no matter what, Strange Ways keeps plugging along," he said. "We figure out a way to make things work.”


Read the CT Insider article.


Flair Fair RETURNS April 27, 2024 β€” CALL FOR VENDORS March 12 2024



420 Mini Market at Strange Ways! March 08 2024

Join us for our monthly mini market at Strange Ways! This April, we are celebrating a very special holiday: 4/20 (if ya know, ya know)! We've curated a selection of the HIGHEST (heh) quality artisans selling handmade goods to keep you elevated all day long. Come support local and spend your green where it matters!
Featured vendors:

Beltweaver - Mystical magical jewelry, homegoods, and more
Crafty Cat Corner - handmade pipes, bowls, ashtrays, and more
High Honey Candles - handmade candles that keep your air clean
Many Eyed Mystic - trippy, colorful art prints

March DRAGNESS: An All Ages Drag Show @ Strange Ways! March 08 2024

Our last all-ages drag show at Strange Ways was such a hit, we're bringin' back the crew for another one! Join Frankie Cyanide, Tiki Malone, and Destiny Harmony for a fabulous drag show that is more thrilling than any televised sportsball event!
This show is appropriate for all ages and is family friendly, so bring the whole fam for an evening of wholesome and energetic entertainment. This tenacious trio never disappoints!
This show is free to attend, but we strongly recommend arriving early to ensure a spot. Strange Ways will be open for business so feel free to shop while you wait. We have plenty of standing room but the studio itself fills up fast!
Most importantly- PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING CASH TO TIP YOUR PERFORMERS. Drag is an art form and deserves to be treated as such! Besides, giving dollar bills to drag performers is clinically proven to enhance your happiness levels and increase your good karma (don't quote us on this...)!
Hope to see you there!