When business and family intertwine, something special happens. A place that normally conducts mere transactions develops relationships instead. In 1946, Stephen Zangrillo (aka Mr. Z) fulfilled his dream of a store where every person who walked through its doors could be assured true customer service and a fantastic shopping experience. Today, under the leadership of Gina Zangrillo, Mr. Z’s daughter, the shop continues to provide this same service and warm reception — the signature of a locally-owned, family-run business,.
The Darien Sport Shop, started as a single-room store down the Post Road from the existing flagship location. Today, it is an unparalleled shopping environment with three spacious stories featuring popular brands, trend-setting items, fashion staples, and sporting equipment for men, women and children.
The Darien Sport Shop offers local delivery, free gift wrap and free alterations for the life of the garment. At DSS there is plenty of free parking, the sales associates greet you by name and everyone knows there is an endless supply of lollipops as well as coffee and donuts on the weekends.
Today, Gina and her team continue to carry on the Zangrillo mission to give the kind of personal attention, unhurried service, and convenience that Mr.Z envisioned as the family legacy.
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Over the past six decades, the Darien Sport Shop has made giving back to the community a priority. We provide donations to many local businesses and continue to focus our giving in support of many non-profit organizations. The store takes its environmental footprint seriously as well. From environmentally sound packaging to Mercedes “Smart Car” deliveries, the Darien Sport Shop strives to “go green” every chance it gets.
Gina Zangrillo has been honored for her civic leadership as a businesswoman, community leader and athlete. She is a three time Volunteer of the Year by the Darien Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. The store’s constant community outreach resonates throughout the staff as a hallmark of service with a smile.