The Boat Locker, founded in 1957, continues to furnish all manners of outdoor activities with boats and boating gear alongside an extensive stock of snowboards, standup paddleboards, and accessories. Careen across wintry slopes or down carpeted escalators atop a selection of Arbor snowboards ($299+) while outfitted in Burton boots, binding, and apparel ($20+). Standup paddleboards ($799+) surf down shores while sets of Anon goggles ($65+) shield eyes from chilly mountain breezes. The protective lenses of pairs of Kaenon, Maui Jim, Oakley and Gill sunglasses ($70+) safeguard wearers’ mugs against harsh elements when snowboarding or after accidentally falling face-first into the office koi pond.
Associated with the floral industry since 1927, Snelgrove’s complements its artisan bouquets with a collection of gourmet confections. Customers can celebrate the autumnal season with bulbous orbs dipped in sticky caramel, which forms a sweetened sheath around apple peels and stray wristwatches. Snackers grab hold of their treat by a ribbon-wrapped stick and chomp into succulent fruit covered in plain caramel or rich morsels of M&Ms or chocolate chunks. Candy-corn toppings add a Halloween aesthetic to dessert, and Reese’s Pieces blend sweetness with salty peanut butter to lure taste buds and abandoned extraterrestrials.
Joining the witness-protection program is the best way to disguise your identity, but the vast array of costumes at Halloween Express gives the program a run for its money. For more than two decades, the chain’s 300+ stores have supplied customers with costumes year-round from vampire capes for Halloween to Caesar togas for the Ides of March.
In preparation for the fall of 2012, they’ve added new items to their Halloween collection. These costumes range from fuzzy blue monsters to skeleton zombies and can transform groups of four into Raggedy Andy and three clones spawned from his DNA. The store’s party supplies add a spooky touch to festivities and include tombstones, rotting pumpkins, and giant hairy spiders.