A cute and colorful collection of threads from sizzling brands will burn up the cobwebs in out-of-service closets to make extra room for a wide range of boutique jewelry and playful accessories. Spin-worthy mini-dresses and chic cover-ups line the racks of the store’s whimsical interior, with stunning summer shirts and stretch denim jeans also on vibrant display. A convertible skirt from Free People ($88) sets high marks for functional fashion, as it can be re-imagined as a strapless dress, and a jersey-knit sweater from Jet ($138) redeems the fashion alphabet after the failure of Q-shaped brassieres. Elegant accessories include an Adina Reyter tiny circle bracelet in silver ($48).
Since 1964, Guitar Center has paired musicians with guitars, keyboards, drums, Pro Audio gear, and necessary accessories, including DJ and recording equipment to capture newly made melodies. An iPad music-stand adaptor ($39.99) connects an iPad to a music stand, allowing musicians to access online programs and music apps on-stage, or to publicly dedicate a song to their online Scrabble partner. A clip-on tuner ($29.99) keeps notes pitch-perfect, and Guitar Center’s array of sheet music produces a wider variety of sounds than singing from a thesaurus, with options that include the C-surfing The Real Blues Book ($31.49). Stitch tighter harmonies by threading notes onto Slinky guitar strings ($3.79), or use the value of today's Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as the Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar ($169–$179.99). Guitar Center rounds out its collection of gear with Pro Audio and DJ equipment, keyboards, and drums, allowing every band member or solo cymbal player to stock up on their chosen form of expression.
The Play Destination is a celebration of childhood, and not just because of its bounce houses. Owners Nicole Hirsty Saine and Keri Stein designed their play center to encourage kids to engage in unstructured play. Games, toys, and activities—all chosen to build physical and mental skills—allow youngsters to make their own decisions and think creatively as they dream up fantastic new worlds and imaginary friends with even fuzzier tentacles. But adults aren't forgotten about—complimentary coffee, WiFi, magazines, and ample seating keep parents occupied.
Structured events do occasionally take place amidst the free play. The Play Destination hosts birthday parties and activities such as art and story time. With kids busy, parents can participate in adult classes, such as yoga or sessions that educate first-time mothers.
Create Studio gives kids, aspiring artists, and weekend Warhols the means to unleash their creative sides in a multitude of artistic media. A Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on each of their eco craft kits sums up their inclusive artistic approach: “Nothing in nature is exhausted in its first use.” With that spirit animating their work, the studio's staff furnishes paint, fabric, and paper, but also less-typical materials, such as plastic bottles, sunglasses, and pinecones. In addition to everyday activities, they host birthday parties, where celebrants can craft their own party hats or personalize their birthday cake by smearing frosting across the top à la a youthful Jackson Pollock.
There are wineries for people who drink wine, and then there's Aldabella Custom Crush Winery & Storage. This 14,000 square-foot facility?replete with tasting rooms and event spaces?is not only designed for people who enthusiastically imbibe vino, but also for those who collect and make it. In addition to providing private lockers and climate-controlled storage areas for extensive collections, the estate features state-of-the-art wine-making equipment that allows fermenters to transform grapes into wines of their own design while connecting with fellow enthusiasts.
When it comes to musical instruction, Musician's Depot's field of talent is deep. Practiced instructors, many of whom work as studio musicians and perform in their own bands, teach almost every instrument imaginable, from guitar and drums to flute, violin, and french horn. Kids and adults alike can stop in for a lesson, peruse the stock of instruments for sale, or rent an instrument month-to-month before they commit to full ownership.