Our Story

Hoot History

The Hoot first opened its doors on November 10, 1967 in a tiny store on Main Street in Willimantic, Connecticut. Kathy and Robin felt their hometown would really appreciate a boutique style gift store with a diverse selection of trendy merchandise – their venture was a success! Over the 50+ years, and 7 location changes, The Hoot has grown with each move – expanding upon the eclectic mix of creative merchandise for the Willimantic/Mansfield community!

About Us

The Hoot is a family run business with a wonderful group of employees. Kathy and her daughter Lisa work daily to provide a great shopping experience. Kathy continually searches for unique items, focusing on affordable handcrafts from around the world. Lisa creates our pleasing displays and creative shopping environment.

Customers say that The Hoot is their “favorite gift store” …a place to relax, spend time with friends, find the perfect gift, or find something special for themselves! We are known for gift wrapping—especially helpful when you are shopping on your way to the party! So, whether you want to browse for an hour or need to make a quick stop, you can count on The Hoot to wrap up your shopping needs with friendly, great service.


Blast from the Past

Over the years, The Hoot has had seven different locations, the first three in downtown Willimantic, the rest in Mansfield. Maybe you remember some of these locations! But even if you don’t, you can still take a trip down Memory Lane with us.

You should visit The Hoot for more than just interesting goods, visit for an entertaining and memorable shopping experience too!

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The Hoot
86 Storrs Road
Mansfield, CT