Jennifer Mann has always had a keen eye for fashion. Pulling from her industry experience—which includes a role as senior advertising executive at Lehigh Valley Style magazine—Jennifer opened Shuze, packing its shelves with stylish accessories from both uncommon and renowned designers. Inside, colorful displays of shoes from San Miguel, Nicole, and Frye line up along tables amid racks of Tolani scarves and Silver jeans. Meanwhile, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from local artists glimmer beneath the boutique's soft lamps. Patrons can plop down on colorful, cushy couches, trying on Hunter wellies, resting their legs, or checking beneath the cushions to see if the couches have babies.
The "Antique City" Fun Fair is a classic-goods emporium that treats timeless-treasure enthusiasts to myriad antique accouterments and collectors' items at more than 500 vendors. Waltz down aisles packed with history-tinged gear, perusing spaces laden with toy trains, preserved comic strips, jewelry, fine art, and more while conversing with storied vendors and their clairvoyant 1930s-era teddy bears. The two-day extravaganza bedazzles ocular sockets with a dizzying array of goodies, entertaining memorabilia fans for hours before angling them toward a well-deserved nap inside an 1867 rolltop desk. The show poses as an ideal opportunity to snag inimitable pieces of nostalgia, such as clocks and jukeboxes churning out old-timey ditties, for sprucing up living rooms or hovercraft garages.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
The Retro Deli welcomes bibliophiles and fresh-food fanatics alike with a menu boasting made-to-order deli fare. Sandwich gurus slay a slew of hearty handheld meals, each boasting a whopping quarter-pound mound of freshly sliced Boar's Head meats and cheeses. Regale flavor receptacles with a sandwich loaded with hot pastrami ($6.75), corned-beef brisket ($6.75), or Deluxe Brand ham ($5.99). Veggie-philes can dive mandible first into a made-to-order salad, such as the salad lover's salad—a pasture of lettuce topped with all-white-meat chicken salad, tuna salad, or baked marinated tofu, and served alongside a choice of house-made dressing ($6.85). Early risers can start their days with yogurt-berry parfaits ($3.50) or rev up stomach engines with egg-and-cheese sandwiches ($2.45–$2.95) and jumper cables.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
New Street Book Shop offers an ever-changing collection of antique and rare books, preserving beautiful publishable artifacts and rare prints. The shop houses venerable volumes starting from $4.50, with examples from all genres of the written word, including novels, state-centric cookbooks, nonfiction about local lore, and autobiographies of famous circus animals. Traverse tomes such as Tell Me Something True, a dramatic epistolary novel ($7), or a leather-bound edition of the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ($45). More than mere pages, the books at New Street Book Shop are carefully collected readable works of art, like a passive-aggressive note from a master calligrapher.