Elephant Walk Outdoor Footwear shields soles for wilderness and urban exploration with sporty shoes, hiking boots, sandals, and accessories. Owners Todd and Andy employ their 36 years of combined foot-swathing experience, stocking sturdy brands such as Keen, The North Face, and Primigi. An array of Keen kicks ($35–$125) clothe men and women for casual frolicking, and boots, clogs, and sneakers adorn paws for both hot night clubs and barbecues in the Arctic circle. To fairly distribute the body's burden, conscientious staff members fit shoulders with rugged backpacks from The North Face ($40–$89) alongside footgear from the iconic outdoor supplier. Adventuring tootsies burrow into pairs of SmartWool socks ($10.95–$18.95) perfect for braving inclement weather conditions or disguising feet as sheep.
GardenShop owner John Harmeier brings passion and potted pageantry to soils with his vast collections of succulents, herbs, and locally sourced plants. Sprinkle sprite showers of fresh cilantro, basil, or rosemary ($3–$7) in home-cooked creations, or try your luck cultivating tomatoes ($3–$7) large enough to throw at Paul Bunyan on karaoke night. Gardens glean nourishment with vitamin-rich meals of Dr. Earth organic plant food ($8–$12), and abodes hone natural instincts with GardenShop's selection of indoor greenery, oft-stuffed into a variety of pots ($6–$15) dressed in bright colors or crafted from clean wood ($6–$15). The green-thumbed can tend to flowery broods of locally grown plumerias ($8–$35) with sets of sparkly garden tools ($6–$32) or cater to avian acquaintances with al fresco cafes ($6–$40).
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Oceanside Glasstile’s glass and mosaic artisans handcraft tiles from 95% recycled-bottle glass, reusing more than two million pounds of recycled-bottle glass annually. XS Studio carries Oceanside items that have been discounted due to overstock, style discontinuation, or allergies to large currency denominations. Patrons can line backsplashes with the heat- and scratch-resistant Wavelength mosaic cocoa blend tiles ($9.99/1.02 sq. ft. sheet) or the Facets mosaic aqua blend tiles ($17.99/0.96 sq. ft. sheet) to lend color to kitchen walls. Alternatively, cover floors with Avani stone moresco tiles ($7.99/sq. ft.), or surround a sleeping friend with Sinu 4"x6" ceramic leaf tiles ($3.99/piece) to trick them into thinking they’ve awoken in a glossy, motionless forest.