The dungeon masters within Evolution Gaming's dragon-haunted walls lord over not only a board-, card-, and model-game depot, but also a stadium that hosts campaigns, tournaments, and one-off games. Miniature battlefields both urban and rural might be rolled over by Flames of War tanks and infantry, or invaded by the elves, orcs, and humans of Warhammer. Aspiring game masters can peruse several walls of rulebooks before stepping into alternate worlds or eras of the past such as in Founding Fathers.
Skip's Records & CD World's knowledgeable staff of discography aficionados guides musical interests through a 9,000-square-foot store housing more than 70,000 titles. Dig through well-organized shelves groaning under the weight of more than 4,000 DVDs, 15,000 records, and 18,000 pre-owned CDs priced as low as a few bucks a piece, and peruse the 'new arrivals' section for fresh pre-played media. A locally owned business since 1988, Skip's boasts a sizeable selection of hometown artists, and frequently hosts in-store performances on their custom-built in-house stage and PA system.
ProCell, a Verizon Wireless-authorized retailer, equips chatting customers with basic phones, smartphones, and phone accessories. The Verizon Wireless Coupe ($129.95) ensures simple communication with fundamental functions, while more advanced smartphones such as the Samsung Gem ($259.95) come stocked with web browsers and walk-in closets. Reenergize a lifeless cell with an iPhone travel wall charger ($14.99), or protect Blackberries during water-balloon storms with an Arkon water-resistant case ($19.99). Bluetooth headsets sync to mobile horns, allowing for hands-free jabbering ($12.99+), while memory cards ($17+) and USB cords ($9.99+) preserve digital pictures, videos, and files.
Style Connection's fashion-forward consultants help patrons cull ensembles from racks abounding with gently used designer labels such as Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, and J.Jill. Much like the Mona Lisa's facial expression, the resale boutique's lineup of jeans, shirts, and business wear changes frequently, arraying ladies for casual and formal correspondence. Shoppers can renew defunct wardrobes with the billowy frills of sultry dresses ($19.99+) or bestow no-nonsense business suits ($34.99+) with hospitable new homes. An assortment of necklaces, rings, and brooches complements garments with inlaid stones and dazzling bangles embossed with delicate patterns and shoe-pairing suggestions.
The Clothes Horse's fashion experts select the finest upscale, contemporary clothing for their richly decorated storefront. Mannequins show off finery in the glass storefront window, inspiring customers to reach trendy new heights or to start careers as statues. Inside the cozy shop, customers meander over scarlet carpets and browse racks of name-brand clothing, neat rows of shoes, and accessories displayed on columned tables. Shoppers can try on a contemporary dress ($8-$30) for size, or sample a Banana Republic skirt that emigrated from its tropical home only six months ago ($16). Customers can complete outfits with a fashionable purse ($6–$20) or use it for street art by cramming it with ketchup packets and stomping it like a barrel of grapes at a vineyard. Festive umbrellas hang upside-down from the shop’s ceiling, and handbags, elegant dresses, ornate mirrors, and poster art deck the pale walls.