Diver's World, Northwest Pennsylvania's only NAUI Worldwide Pro Platinum Dive Center, offers sub-aquatic explorers state-of-the-art training and instruction in the safe confines of an on-site, heated pool. Owner Linda Huston and her brigade of divemasters boil down 90 years of combined underwater wayfaring into each scuba lesson. The Try Scuba Lesson functions as a gateway course, allowing nautical neophytes to learn the ropes, then gear up, sink down, and rise again to the safe, less exciting surface. Held concurrently with the center's more extensive diving courses, this fins-on lesson requires students to bring both a bathing suit and towel, with the remaining equipment provided.
The Sassy Peacock outfits fashionable women with a stylish assortment of hand-selected garments and accessories in a wide range of sizes, from petite to plus size. Arming its aesthetic arsenal with top brands, such as Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek, the consignment boutique restocks its trendy inventory with the frequency of a supermarket speed-dating aisle, instilling impeccably organized racks with fresh fashions, such as Old Navy jeans ($10.99) and shirts from The Limited ($11.99). Footwear aficionados can treat toes to Nine West shoes ($13.99), while the consummate clotheshorse trots off in a tasteful Talbots sweater ($14.99). Flatter your figure in a Chico's blazer ($16.99), and stash away all your complements in Vera Bradley purse ($24.99).
Edible Arrangements smothers semisweet chocolate on one of six fresh fruits, including apples, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, pears, and bananas, to ensure loved ones meet daily confections quotas. More popular than other edible dozens, such as eggs or tube socks, the 12 fruit pieces come packaged in a decorative box, ready to unleash unadulterated affection to rejoicing recipients. The strawberry- and-granny-smith-apple box contains crisp freshness beneath its enticing exterior, and dipped orange wedges and pineapple daisies envelop taste buds in a citrus cyclone. On a holiday, a first school day, or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
For 60 years, Al's Awning Shop has been awing residential and commercial clients with custom-made awnings, custom-designed canvas products, and more. Today's sidecar Groupon keeps the wind off your back while you test the ice for cracks. The ice hut, which measures 44"x58" at the base and 52" in height, has room for two tenants and features four pockets, two zippers, and two windows. Made with a sturdy, durable canvas, the hut can be easily assembled, dismantled, and hoisted by a solitary ice-fisherman.
The walls and racks at Teaching Touches bring order to an enormous collection of activity books, science experiments, teaching tools, and more. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members guide education professionals and parents through a heady maze of bingo games, in which students are introduced to time telling, addition, vowels, and more ($9.99+), before reaching the grove of colossal-size classroom posters, featuring inspirational classics such as Open for learning, Are you making progress?, and You’re doing an interesting job dressing yourself ($15.49 for a combo pack of six). The Mulplication Rock DVD ($19.99) teaches kids math through music, and Games to Go let kids learn anywhere, from road trips to Red Rover breaks ($22.99+). Give nascent imaginations a concrete outlet with PlayFoam, which equips young sculptors with the power to replicate Michelangelo's David or craft unflattering busts of their pediatricians.
Claytopia's spacious studio gives children and adults a place to test their creative chops through the medium of clay painting. A wide variety of blank, premade clay bisques offer myriad canvasses upon which the fevered imaginations of patrons may be projected. Bisque prices range from $1 to $50 per piece, and an hourly fee applies ($6 per hour for adults, $4 per hour for children under 13) to cover unlimited use of all paints, glazes, stencils, stamps, and other instruments of artistic creation, including philosophical advice and painting tips from the talented staff. Possible paintable forms include coffee mugs, plates, picture frames, and Disney figurines. All bisques and paints are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. After painting and glazing their piece of choice, art makers should allow a week for the bisque to be fired in the kiln and laid off from its part-time job before picking up the newly hardened artistic creation.