Downtown Essex, Connecticut













Shop Downtown Discount Card

Discounts For Customers - Support Local Businesses - Fight Cancer


When you purchase a Shop Downtown Discount Card, you help support your neighbors, local economy and the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. You also ensure great savings on a variety of products and services every time you patronize a participating member. It's a win/win situation.

The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service.

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Make Money For Your Fundraiser

Get 95% margins! Pay $249 for $5,000 worth of inventory!

Step 1Buy 250 Shop Downtown Discount Cards

Step 2Add downtown merchants

Step 3 – Sell the Discount Cards for $20 a piece.

$20 x 250 = $5,000 - $249 = $4,751 Profit


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Things to do in Essex, Connecticut

Main Street of old Downtown Essex speaks to once what was and what could be once again. As Essex the community gathers, it leaves a pocket of opportunity for small business owners to come in and set up shop.Take a few minutes to explore what each downtown has to offer by viewing our directory below.

Downtown Essex can warm you up on a cloudy day or simply offer your daily perk by visiting your local coffee shop. Quality, purity and punch are targeted with coffee beans curated globally and locally roasted while being served fresh as it is made right in front of you. Order up!

Downtown Essex has a great collection of barber shops to choose from if you want to take a little off the top, get a clean shave or to trim your moustache or beard. Take a moment to consider buying some styling gel, beard oil or wax and always tip well.

Downtown Essex visitors are always welcome and you will receive exceptional service from local merchant-owners as opposed to staff at the big box retailers. We take the extra time to make sure that you how to make best use of your purchase and that you get exactly what you need.

Downtown Essex is the place to plan your wedding. You'll be spending a lot of time downtown as there are so many wonderful shops to find invitations, photographers, bakers, caterers and jewelers. Planning your wedding will be a breeze with so much support from local merchants to make a perfect and memorable day.

Why do you love downtown?

Alison Barlow
Charming, lovely downtown. Love the antique shops!

Sharon Wright
I like the idea of downtown merchants being more visible and that they are locally owned and operated. It's great to see what's available downtown and I look forward to the discounts as well. Being a history buff, I love see the architecture as it was back in the day which is lost in modern buildings. Downtown is charming, inviting and quaint!

Mary Warszynski
I have not been there yet. I am planning a family outing for March.

Mary Ann Schlumpberger
It is just a fun place to go! Love Blind Georges' popcorn

Diane Koivunen
Love the yarn store and the restaurants

Restaurants in Essex, Connecticut



Downtown Essex Hotels

Finding the best hotel in Downtown Essex can make or break the experience of your entire trip. Take a few minutes to explore what each hotel has to offer by viewing our directory below. Here are some tips to consider:

Most hotel offer a complimentary breakfast bar or even a full cafe meal with your choice of a full menu. Keep in mind that some offer nothing at all so it is a good idea to pack a few packets of instant oatmeal for a quick and easy meal before you head out for the day.

Not all online booking systems are fully integrated with hotel reservations systems so there is a chance that smaller hotels are hand entering your stay from a fax machine which leaves room for errors. Book directly with hotel to avoid any problems and ask for a price match if you find a better price online.

Elevators are notorious for being a nuisance so ask to be roomed on the top floor and as far away as possible. Most hotels book nearby rooms last so hopefully they have availability elsewhere.



The Griswold Inn
36 Main Street