Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.
Since 1965, the family-run Ski Haus has kept customers coming back by adhering to the family motto: “Make sure we keep a fun environment and give everybody a fair deal. They get a ton of stuff for their money and we stay in business for a long time." Patrons can still expect the same low prices and see the same friendly staffers’ faces year after year while shopping for winter gear.
Racks stocked with apparel by brands such as The North Face and Marmot, skis and snowboards by brands such as Atomic and K2, and a team of skilled technicians have earned Ski Haus accolades from Ski magazine, SnowSports Industries America, and New England Winter Sports Representatives, Inc. During tune-ups, technicians polish skis, stone-grind ski edges, apply hot wax, and repair bases damaged by treacherous slopes and sharp snowman noses.
Lands' End Canvas puts a new twist, and an updated fit, on the classics. Keep limbs limber and dazzlingly denim-wrapped with a versatile pair of women's slim leg jeans ($49.50), whose lithe, fitted look makes it possible to wear them on the job without sacrificing the stretch needed to juggle workplace soccer balls. A shirred v-neck cardigan ($49.50) or chunky cable cowlneck sweater ($69.50) keeps lady torsos tastefully attired, while dapper gents can sheathe their shoulders in the timeless style of a Shaker shawl cardigan ($59.50). Men looking to winterize can don a wool pea coat ($170), whose plentiful pocketry eliminates the need to tote car keys in clunky male purses or on easily tangled leashes. A broad array of accessories, including shoes, bags, scarves, and gloves, provides the cherry on top of any sartorial sundae.
77kids, a new children's clothing brand by American Eagle, swaddles newborns and youths up to size 14 in rock ‘n’ roll–inspired duds featuring stylish retro details. The pink Rock Sparkle hoodie ($39.50) adds an urban edge to the animal print of the Flowy ruffle-front dress ($34.50). The Rad to the Bone graphic tee ($16.50) launches playground debates about skeletal system ethics and complements a pair of Destroyed loose-fit jeans ($34.50). A baby bedecked in an All Good! footed one piece ($16.50) gets a head start on learning rock ‘n’ roll vocab such as "rad," "awesome," and "check check, one two, one two."
Precision Time’s mall kiosks brim with trained watch repair technicians and display cases stocked with timepieces from manufacturers such as Casio, Invicta, Fossil, and Sottomarino Italia. Use today's deal toward men's or women's watches from Fossil ($65+) or peruse an extensive collection of clearance timepieces. Festoon wrists with durable plastic Rave watches ($29.99+) aglow in vibrant shades of blue, green, and pink that match with outfits or display solidarity with a feuding crayon box faction. Long-delayed exercise plans are jump-started with Timex’s sporty Ironman Basic 10 Lap Digital watch ($39.95), and the dressy stainless steel T2H281 ($39.95), marked by a genuine leather strap and classic white dial background, guarantees entry to fast-food restaurants’ velvet-roped VIP rooms.