About Celebrations

Editor's Choice: New England Travel Guide 2011
#1 Art Gallery, Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Reader's Choice" Awards for 2010

Celebrations Gallery Gifts Tea RoomLocated in 10 rooms on two floors of a lovingly restored 1885 Queen Anne Victorian, "Celebrations Gallery ~ Shoppes ~ Tea" has become a destination in southeastern New England for those looking for a unique shopping experience. We are truly multifaceted.

Celebrations Art GalleryCelebrations Gallery showcases & sells an eclectic collection of original artwork by over 40 local and regional artists, artisans and designers. Our ever changing collection includes oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, functional art, sculpture, pottery, hand-blown and fused glass, photography, woodworking, jewelry and more. We hold several exhibitions each year, hosting fun & well attended opening receptions open to all.

Celebrations Gift ShoppesCelebrations Gift Shoppes feature a wide selection of merchandise in all price ranges and prides itself on offering unique gifts. Merchandise ranges from home décor to stationery items, holiday and party accessories, bath & beauty products, scarves & handbags, outdoor and garden items.

Celebrations Tea RoomCelebrations Tea Room offers Themed Afternoon Tea Events. It can also be reserved to celebrate a special occasion, host a gathering for a group, or hold an offsite business meeting. We offer a wide selection of specialty teas and tea accessories.

Our customer service is impeccable. We offer complimentary festive gift wrapping. Our sales team is friendly, unpretentious and even offers local "concierge" services to out of town visitors. We receive rave reviews from customers about our merchandising, which creatively mixes original art with retail in a home-like setting throughout 5,000+ square feet.

Celebrations is run by "creativity directors"--a group of women who bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to the business. Extensive marketing and public relations efforts by the group help put Celebrations "on the map." Celebrations also proudly supports the local community through numerous, creative fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Celebrations has been recognized by prominent media such as Yankee Magazine (#1 Art Gallery, "Best of New England Reader's Choice" Awards 2010), Connecticut Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine's New England Travel Guide, Worcester Living, The Hartford Courant, and more.

A photo from an 1896 issue of the Connecticut Quarterly magazine that
featured an article on Pomfret.

A Little History

The house is a Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1885.  It has been many things throughout the years... 
~ "Miss Vinton's School for Girls" -- a finishing school
~ Pomfret Inn until the early 1960's, complete with a tavern room
~ owned by a family with 10 children
~ converted to apartments
~ a casually run B&B called Karinn

Owners Jean & Bill Barton ran it as Celebrations Inn, a festive B&B, for 6 years and then transformed it into Celebrations ~ Galley ~ Shoppes ~Tea Events in 2006.