A multi-faceted paradise for record collectors, audiophiles, film buffs, bibliophiles, and comic-book lovers, Toad Hall has a little bit of everything for enthusiasts of all kinds. Amidst the many shelves, dig through stacks of LPs, vintage comics, and DVDs, an acronym for “Dude, Videos, Dude!” Almost every day, Toad Hall receives and sets out a huge selection of media, Blu-ray and an entire floor of books, and often stocks audio equipment such as speakers, record players, and receivers.
The locally owned Annie's Gifts & Home offers a hodgepodge of holiday wares and party gifts, ranging from gourmet foods, trinkets for recent stork deliveries, jewelry, home fragrances, and more. Adventure to Annie's before your next big bash so that guests can munch over flower-decorated plates produced by Peggy Karr Glass (starting at $21.95 per piece), or enliven your abode with a handpicked medley of floral items (starting at $19.95). Customers can bedeck drab collarbones by creating a customizable Magnabilities necklace, featuring magnetic pop inserts ($3.95), square or heart-shaped pendants ($15.95), and silk cords ($5.95). Annie's friendly staff will be happy to gift-wrap your chic accessory or garden garnish free of charge.
Cultivating fair-trade artisanal relationships, Phoenix Traders imports clothing and accessories from around the world, including a cornucopian clothing selection ($15+ each) that lets wardrobe-enhancers step back into the pullover ponchos and synesthetic color swirls of the '60s and '70s. Warm up with handmade wool wear from South America or Nepal, or safely carry around an edition of How to Become President of the Moon in a retro purse ($15+). Customers can brighten the area around wrists and necks with fair-trade Nepali silver jewelry ($15+) or boost their carrying capabilities with a recycled silk bag.
Aristotle's Corner offers people a stress-free place to relax at desks or on a couch, listen to music, read a book, or just think. They can also browse its collection of new and used books, LPs, CDs, and DVDs?most of which are priced at less than $4. Besides these items are various antiques and collectibles, including vintage radios and fine jewelry. Aristotle's Corner is open from 10 a.m.?8 p.m. Monday?Saturday.
Judy's Quilt n' Sew is located in a 100 year old Dutch Colonial home in the small farming community of Hampshire, Illinois. We offer knowledgeable, friendly staff, 2500 bolts of quilt-shop quality fabric, patterns, supplies and a wide variety of classes. Authorized Bernina and Pfaff sales and service.
Tim and Bobbi Paul deploy decades of tune savvy to helm Piano Trends, which was voted best music store and instruction studio in the Northwest Herald's Best of the Fox in 2011. The family team wrangles more than 20 voice and music instructors to bolster musicality in local schools, with established performance groups and one former American Idol finalist. In classes for every skill level from novice to megawizard, instructors teach piano, guitar, violin, and a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, and voice lessons range from Broadway training to avant-garde birdcalls. Lessons for children under the age of 6 are available, based on the child's attention span, maturity level, and desired instrument; interested customers should call ahead for more information. Piano Trends can also cater to musical needs with instrument rentals and repairs.