Cabo Fresh Taco stuffs its customers with a menu that features local ingredients and Americanized versions of south-of-the-border classics. The Eric's fish taco ($3.95) glazes tempura fried grouper or grilled mahi from local vendors with a homemade cilantro lime aioli, topping the creation with a crown of pico de gallo and Cabo slaw.
The Backpacker—a locally owned shop that was named Best Outdoors/Camping Gear Store 2010 by the Free Times—outfits people with the rugged apparel and equipment they need to explore the great outdoors. It stocks top-notch labels such as The North Face, Merrell, Patagonia, and Osprey. Women can catch the eye of pitchfork-wielding sea hunks when cavorting sandy shores in one of The Backpacker's dresses or a vibrant tidal skirt ($39), and men can comfortably cruise the docks in a button-down Puckerware shirt ($69) from Patagonia. When jumping in puddles, don a pair of Olukai flip-flops or arch-supporting Keen sandals. An ample selection of hats and gloves is always available, as are tents ($165+) and backpacks ($165+), but if you need help conceptualizing the gear necessary for a special expedition, such as swimming in a pit of caramel, the friendly staff is more than willing to answer questions and give advice.
The experienced leather doctors at Dickson's Old Cobbler Shoe Repair apply their nimble hands to all manner of footwear. Cobblers can repair the full soles and heels on a pair of men or women's shoes, repair the corkbed and soles on Birkenstocks, or entirely recraft tattered cowboy boots. Technicians keep leathers looking luxurious with a shine job on boots, purses, and jackets, or heighten shoes up to 1.25 inches so customers can finally reach the height required to vote.
Multihued assortments of drawing paper, markers, and Van Gogh acrylic paints fill the well-organized shelves of S & S Art Supply. Accommodating staff members will order out-of-stock items for customers and cater to artists and hobbyists of all predilections, including students, art teachers, and unemployed muses. Create a magnum opus on a 16"x20" Winsor & Newton canvas ($15.49), or fill a 9"x12" Strathmore visual journal ($14.99) with inspired sketches. Tubes of Royal Talens acrylics ($5.69+) prime palettes in more than 80 colors, and an 11-ounce can of Montana Gold spray color ($10.50) imbues any surface with a UV-free tan.
Using hand-finished and hand-carved frames from all over the world, the crafty staff at Havens Framemakers & Gallery prepares artwork and memorabilia for perching stylishly on walls. While specialists stand by for free consultations, clients peruse more than 5,000 moulding samples and matting options of varying colors, textures, and scratch-‘n’-sniff scents. Diplomas can be framed for around $100, and small items such as cross-stitches and children’s drawings can be framed for $100 or less. From portraits and needlework to mirrors, framesmiths delicately handle all items in their large workspace and employ high-quality equipment for making accurate cuts on mats and frames. Also, Havens’ shadowbox-framing services help preserve three-dimensional prized possessions such as soccer trophies and medals from Law and Order: SVU marathon watching contests.