Locals come to Wake Up Little Suzie from all over the city to find unique gifts that are either playful, retro, wacky – or all of the above. You can find stuff you never knew you wanted inside the slightly cluttered but decidedly friendly storefront, from unique animal plush toys to robot-shaped clocks. There are also practical items like tableware, greeting cards and pretty candle holders, much of which is made by hand. Wake Up Little Suzie also offers a nice assortment of creative jewelry and kitchen accessories, both served up with just a touch of whimsy. It’s also a good place to pick up colorful and one-of-a-kind gifts for kids and pets.
Home Rule may be smaller than the average Bed, Bath & Beyond, but this cheerful space packs in hundreds of cool kitchen tools, bath accessories and decorative items. The common bond is that the products are distinct, well-made and well-priced. For those in need of a shower curtain, a funky alarm or a wall clock, as well as skin care products or fancy dishwashing soap, the perfect stop is this 14th Street corridor bazaar. Plus, Home Rule stocks top quality kitchen products from brands like Baggu, Bodom, Umbra and Le Creuset. Indeed, for stocking a kitchen with everything from pots and pans to apple corers and zesters, Home Rule rules.
Good Wood is an emporium, an antique store and a furniture store all wrapped up into one, but most of all, it’s funky. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Western mercantile and dry good shop, and there’s even a buck head attached to the wall. However, they don’t sell western wear. In fact, the small line of clothing currently has more of an Eastern bent, with kimonos being the prime product. There are also gift goodies like soaps, perfumes, wallets and jewelry. But Good Wood is best known as a vintage furniture store, offering a well-curated range of tables, chairs, sofas and chests.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Dalton Brody provides an upscale boutique atmosphere nestled in a cozy storefront of mottled stone and regal green awnings. The shop is stuffed to the rafters with crystal and glassware, painted serving trays, candles, handbags, picture frames, and much more. Fill your home with the mingling aromas of lavender and rosemary from a petite air essence incense-like air freshener ($45), or dappify the gentleman of your choosing with a pale-green American–sailboat tie ($75). For the homosapien who has everything, leather money clips ($38) come in a variety of grains and colors, while a small photo album bound in gentle green-and-pink floral tapestry ($34) will hold a variety of memories, images from the future, and souls. Dalton Brody also stocks numerous gifts for new moms and their babies; perk up a nursery with a pink piggy bank ($52) coated in white polka-dots.
Dig your shoebox of family photos out of its hole in the backyard and bring it into Penn Camera to take advantage of the store's myriad digital-imaging services. Penn Camera can scan uncut rolls of 35 mm film onto a CD in standard resolution ($7.99) or high resolution ($13.99), or just scan individual images in standard ($1.99) or high ($4.99) resolution. Archive your scanned images to CD ($2.99) or DVD ($4.99) for your listening, viewing, and smelling pleasure. Assemble the photos from your frame-by-frame remake of Weekend at Bernie's 2 into a DVD slideshow ($14.99), complete with graphics and music, or restore pictures ($34.99+) damaged by renegade sprinkler systems. Penn Camera also offers numerous printing services—order wallet-sized reprints from digital files ($0.29 each for 49 or fewer reprints and $0.19 each for 50 or more reprints, along with a $2.99 handling fee), or create a 16x20 poster print ($19.99) of your photo of the Mona Lisa. Be sure to check online to see a full list of services available to you.