Sharper Image is the mothership of cool gadgetry of gifts, stocking all manner of electronic and modern doodads. Almost no facet of daily life is untouched by the store's stock: from sleeping to eating, relaxing to working, indoors to outdoors, there's a product to make any activity easier or more fun. White-noise alarm clocks wake owners in the morning, but not before lulling them to sleep with clear, oceanic sounds. Digital barbecue forks test the internal temperature of grilled meats, and motion-activated desk lights give workers an illuminated runway for their paper airplanes.
Featured in Elle Decor, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook, French Bull outfits cupboards and tabletops with a wide variety of stylish kitchen items and dishware made from durable, shatterproof melamine. Read your horoscope while sipping coffee from a porcelain astrological-sign mug ($14) or pick up a stunning Sunshine Wheel cake stand ($30) to distract partygoers from your first foray into baking. At dinnertime, leafy concoctions are tossed using a set of whimsical Fantasia salad servers ($15) and soup is sipped from heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe bowls ($7 each, a minimum of 4), available in white, black, pink, orange, lime, and turquoise. Alternately, a cornucopia of gifts, including handbags ($70+), journals ($6.25), and wall art ($51+), stand at the ready to jump into empty gift boxes.
The Blue Bungalow's white-washed brick walls and ocean-themed interior peacefully house handmade art, refinished antiques, and vintage accessories. Dozens of items on display are fashioned by owners Liz and Jeanne, such as wall-gracing beach writings (priced after consultation) bearing thoughtful messages. Browse seaside-inspired décor and knickknacks, from 1920s-inspired bathing beauties ($24 each) to blue distressed frames ($38 each), holding starfish and sand dollars as snugly as an overgrown hermit crab's house. A chic turquoise starfish-encrusted bracelet ($30) adds flair to arm wrestling, and a pair of medium shell earrings ($32) evokes a vacation vibe to keep earlobes from going on strike.
In 1997, magician Michael Chaut realized that New York—long the haunt of some of the world's most talented magicians—no longer had a live magic venue. Wasting no time, Chaut assembled a super squad of fellow tricksters and illusionists, together creating the weekly showcase Monday Night Magic. Now firmly installed at the intimate Players Theatre, the shows strip away such over-the-top distractions as pyrotechnics and live animals, who generally give away the tricks post-performance anyway. Their shows instead beguile audiences with up-close sleight-of-hand and mental tricks, and also enter the realm of variety-show-style entertainment with jugglers and sword swallowers. During intermissions, the performing magicians take a chance to stroll through the room, hunkering down at lucky audience members' tables to dazzle them with up-close trickery.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
The staff at AviGlatt carefully prepares kosher fare for shipping throughout the continental United States under the supervision of Rabbi Yisrael P. Gornish. Flash freezing in double-sealed plastic keeps meats and prepared meals fresh, and gift baskets of fruits, nuts, and kosher baked goods arrive on recipients' doorsteps in festive packaging. Such deliveries can help customers prepare for holidays or keep pantries stocked with everyday ingredients without the stress of growing hamantaschen from seed.?