In 2007, Elisabeth Gevelber dubbed her newly opened gift store Simply Charming ~ Bijoux, Baubles & Bibelots—or, put more simply, jewelry, trinkets, and treasures—in tribute to the kaleidoscopic range of unique finds and finery she handpicks for her shelves. Whimsical handbags, fragrant candles, and Anokhi scarves hand-printed in India fill racks and open cabinets that stand against a lilac wall to frame an ever-changing inventory that refreshes every few weeks or with the moon's finicky fashion tastes. Gevelber also collects unique greeting cards from brands such as Koco and Mik Wright, whose colorful designs and occasionally snarky quips she relishes as mementos in an age of fleeting digital communication.
• For $10, you get $20 toward instrument repairs. • For $12, you get one music lesson (a $25 value). The musicians at Warren Henry Music, helmed by titular owner and former guitar manufacturer, combine their love and knowledge of instruments to refurbish musical machinery with a slew of services and teach the art of note producing. After a free evaluation and estimate, skilled hands restring ($15 plus the price of strings), adjust and align guitars ($35–$45), patch cracks, or upgrade hardware, rehabilitating rock-star accessories smashed onstage or trampled in savage-beast-soothing incidents gone awry.
Earth Angels Holistic Health LLC's team of therapists fosters feelings of tranquility with holistic treatments such as ear candling, chakra alignment, and aromatherapy wraps. They also tailor massage treatments to clients' specific needs, carefully weeding out shoulder pains and muscular knots with soothing strokes or hot stones. Both humans and pets can enjoy the team's Reiki treatments, which bolster the body's natural healing processes for a deeper sense of well-being.
Horizontal Books abounds with deeply discounted literature spanning every popular genre and churns out about 200 new titles every day. The independent retailer stocks only new books—untainted by dog ears and teeth marks—sold at a unique discount rate: buy 1 book and get it at 50% off, buy 2 books and get them at 60% off, and buy 3 books and get them at 70% off the listed retail price. Popular thrillers, such as a special illustrated version of Angels & Demons by Dan Brown ($10.50), nourish avid readers, and The Velveteen Rabbit ($4.19) and scores of children's books introduce kids to fun alternatives to watching TV and throwing water balloons at unsuspecting strangers.