With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
One might feel compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance upon entering All American Cafe, whose exposed brick walls are strewn with stars to represent the United States. Of those 50 states, the café’s menu draws most heavily on the proud state of Texas. Sunlight filters in through large windows to illuminate fuchsia tablecloths lined with fried and grilled fish fillets, pork chops, and aged Angus steaks served alongside fried okra and mashed potatoes. After two-handing a juicy half-pound burger, diners can question servers about the all-day breakfast offerings or ask for a napkin made from an authentic piece of the Declaration of Independence.
When one thinks of the perfect location for a date night, one doesn’t typically think of a workshop lined with paints, brushes, and ready-to-decorate pottery pieces. Pepe le Potter hopes to change that notion. The contemporary studio helms daily drop-in sessions open to anybody, girls’ nights for ladies looking to spice up recreational outings, day camps for kids, and monthly classes for those looking to tackle a more intricate project under the tutelage of an accomplished painter. Brush novices need not worry, as instructors move around the room to provide pointers, tips, and techniques on how to make their masterpieces come to life. Once guests finish projects, staffers will fire and glaze them, preparing them for pick up in a few days. Pepe le Potter is also a sponsor of monthly Empty Bowls events, which benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns bewilders shoppers as they enter either of Quilter’s Stash's two locations. Some confused patrons report having found the end of the rainbow, but they are really seeing more than 15,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabrics by Marcus, Henry Glass, and other top designers. Staff members wait at attention to direct customers to the latest threads and patterns, and a few on-hand wizards can resuscitate a range of sewing machines from different brands. The crafty gurus are also enthusiastic about leading quilting and sewing classes that cater to students of all levels, and the shop's shelves are stocked with how-to books that facilitate at-home learning.
With more than 850,000 images, Art.com boasts an immense variety of ready-to-hang wall pieces and decorative artwork along with professional custom framing and mounting services. Choose pieces from a massive selection of media and styles, including photographs, vintage art prints, and abstract pieces, or search by subject matter for items such as iconic album covers and movie prints. An artist search can help perusing patrons snag fine-art prints from Matisse and Munch or one of the pulp pieces by Andy Warhol, best known for his daring depiction of infamous midcentury gunslingers the Elvis triplets.
The site's Photos to Art feature lets shutterbugs upload digital snapshots to the site and select a custom frame using a quick interface that offers more than 25 custom frames, a range of sizes, and more than 80 museum-quality mats. In addition to framing uploaded photos, Art.com can also print them on a canvas stretched across wooden support bars and protected with a gallery-grade UV finish. Patrons can view mockups of their custom portraits to ensure they'll match the walls on which they'll hang. Art aficionados can also choose prints from a moody lot of black-and-white beauties before encasing them in a variety of smart frames. Purchases are protected by Art.com's return policy, which guarantees 100% satisfaction.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.