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Mellow Monkey is thrilled to announce the launch of a new high speed ferry service that will shuttle travelers from NYC to several key destinations in Stratford, Connecticut.
Mellow Monkey Owner, Howard Aspinwall has been working closely with Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick to finalize a two year deal with NYC based upstart, Sea Treker to operate six round trip ferrys on Saturday and Sunday beginning May 18th and throughout the summer.
The Catamaran type vessels will leave Manhattan beginning at 9am on those days, and will make the trip in less than 1 hour. Each ferry will have a capacity of 405 passengers.
The ferry drop off point will be Knapp's Landing Restaurant where complimentary shuttle buses will transport customers hourly to the following key Stratford destinations:
- The Showroom at Mellow Monkey
- Stratford Antique Center
- Beach House Grill at Short Beach
- Riley's by the Seawall
- Cibus Latin Fusion
- Two Roads Brewing Company
- Area Two
- Fairfield Craft Ales
Additional destinations are currently being reviewed.
Same-day round trips would cost passengers $69, but customers who present their boarding passes will receive a $25 discount at any participating establishment.
"We've always known that Stratford has a wealth of interesting destinations including our 4 breweries, waterfront restaurants and unique shopping", said Aspinwall. "This is a great way to incentivize New Yorkers to come and spend an event filled day in Stratford while also enjoying the trip to get here."
Beach House Grill at Short Beach General Manager, Nikki Capozzo-Hennessy said, "this news today is music to our ears as we embark on another season of great food, drink and hospitality at Short Beach. This town has so many gems and this new ferry service will cast a spotlight on each of them as well as the town as a whole."
To memorialize the venture. Fairfield Craft Ales owners, Mike Borruso & Joe Bow are hard at work brewing a special "Sinatra Saison" in honor of the infamous classic, "New York, New York" to be released on the day of the maiden ferry voyage. "Our beer is all about music and lyrical inspiration," said Bow, "so the Sinatra Saison makes perfect sense for our NYC patrons."
A press conference to formally announce the ferry service will be held at Town Hall at 2:15pm on April 3rd. NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, a frequent patron of Two Roads Brewing Company and a close friend of Mayor Hoydick is expected to be in attendance.
Yes... this is an April Fools Fictitious Story
We chose this fictional story for April Fools to make a point.
Stratford, Connecticut has a GREAT DEAL TO OFFER!
Judging from the number of inquiries we received and the number of positive reactions on social media, the idea was very believable and now we see that the majority of people DO believe that Stratford has enough to offer to entice travelers to come.
Consider that Two Roads Brewing Company already operates a shuttle from Stratford's Metro North Train Station because people want to go there via the train.
The Stratford Antique Center is another destination that draws people from outside of Stratford who specifically come to browse their extensive selection of antiques.
Stratford's restaurants are frequented by diners from all over due to the wide diversity of cuisines, our wealth of al fresco restaurants, and the fact that we have more waterfront restaurants than any of our neighbors.
Mellow Monkey attracts shoppers from all over the tri-state area and even from other parts of the country.
These are just a few examples.
Looking forward - the Port Jeff Ferry is moving to the Bass Pro shop side of the harbor - bringing it closer and more visible to Stratford attractions. Opportunities to market "A Day In Stratford" to Long Island residents is plausible. So is a trolley service from the Stratford Train Station to key destinations in town.
If you believed the High Speed Ferry Service - then you believe that ideas like this are feasible. So don't be disappointed that this was a fictitious April Fool's story. Because it just may the catalyst for the positive changes we can make happen in Stratford, Connecticut!
Come see what other smart shoppers in Connecticut and beyond have already discovered...
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Mellow Monkey is a home decor/design store located in the coastal town of Stratford, Connecticut. In an old warehouse, slightly off the beaten path where the Housatonic river meets the Long Island Sound, Mellow Monkey’s retail store shares space with it's online fulfillment center.
Mellow Monkey offers on trend décor, home accents, and gifts featuring a curated blend of offerings from international designers to local artists. A popular statewide destination, Mellow Monkey never fails to live up to its reputation of being "anything but the ordinary."
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