At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
Since 1986, wine experts at GrapesWine.com have meticulously tasted and compiled a handpicked selection of domestic and imported fine wines. The easy to navigate website aids patrons with recommendations. Proprietor John Caplan hand-selects wines of the week, choosing a vast selection of reds, whites, ros?s, ports, and dessert and sparkling wines, all of which hail from across the globe, from California to South Africa. Aspiring connoisseurs attend popular and highly-acclaimed wine tastings, led by knowledgeable tasters Jim Winston and Jay Boland as they recount the flavorful notes and fragrant bouquets of countless varieties. Customers can create a case of favorites and pick up at a later date or have wines conveniently delivered to their homes or office within days.
The selection of beads and gems at Beadworks Philadelphia is constantly changing, thanks to a team that travels to Europe, India, and Asia to hand-select beautiful pieces. Whether or not you know what to do with their inventory, Beadworks has you covered?jewelry designers can register for the store's wholesale program and get to work, while beginners can enroll in the many jewelry-making classes offered.
More than 5,000 full costumes, masks, and accessories for purchase or rent disguise the racks at Happy Daze Costumes. Wearable characters include the big brown dog ($54.99), granting free reign to bark at a party host's other guests, or the straight jacket ($34.99), absolving the wearer of having to hold anyone's drink. The guise depot also carries a large number of accessories for completing getups, such as a sequin scepter ($4.99) for a beauty queen or dainty ghoul. Rentals ($25–$125) include both full costumes and accessories to be kept for a week. Choices include a devastating toreador lady and the ever-popular pumpkin.
Parents and kids enter Polly Wolly Doodle to forage through baby supplies, toys for children about 10 years old and younger, and board games that challenge the strategy skills of all ages. Eyes search for images with Spot It! card games ($13.95), and Bananagrams spill their letter tiles across tables, beckoning players to construct words or the DNA sequence for their favorite eye color ($14.95). Families break from games to marvel at an artificial butterfly that flaps its wings inside a jar ($22.95). For baby supplies, hands wrap up infants in one-size-fits-all cloth diapers from Fuzzibuns ($22.95), which comfort miniature humans as they test their teeth around a Sophie the Giraffe teething toy ($22.95). Polly Wolly Doodle's crafty staff can gift-wrap all purchases for free at the customer's request or skillfully performed charades gesture.
Scout by Bungalow's playful and durable bags, bins, backpacks, and laptop cases, which have earned praise from Real Simple magazine for “fun designs, vibrant color, and quality materials,” tote and organize belongings in collapsable style. Beverage bottles peek over the rim of a blue-and-white striped Spirit Liftah bag ($7), inspiring sailors to garb champagne bottles in a color-coordinated outfit for ship christenings. The pink-striped Gigah Lil’ Slim case ($20) cradles laptops, and the Uptown Girl tote swings from fashionable shoulders, sporting amber plaid print on a bright orange background ($30). Patrons can lug everything from ball bats to backgammon boards in Scout's pin-striped Junque Trunks ($40), which boast enough space to house even the most demur umpire.