In Fairfield: 3042 Rockville Road
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Village Hearth & Home started as a family owned chimney-sweep business in 1983 and grew in scope. Today, it also sells and installs fireplaces and stoves, as well as spas and above-ground pools. Readers’ Choice voters named it as the best fireplace store. “We’ve developed a good reputation for providing good service as well as providing quality hearth products,” owner Dan Wendt said. He called Village Hearth & Home a “full-service” shop involved in sales, installation and service. Plus, he said, the business is still family owned.
Runners-up: Lowe’s, Buck Stove Spa & Home Center, Home Depot, Sears