Select Vintage applies customer-designed labels to bottles of delicious Californian, Minnesotan, Italian, and German wines to create thoughtful and elegant gifts. For a memorable birthday, wedding, or unbirthday present, you can outfit a bottle of merlot or chardonnay with a customized photo and a personal message. Notes of spicy apples and pears resonates throughout each sip of their California chardonnay, while ripe cherries, blackberries, and plum lend their California merlot fruitful overtones.
Situated in a red-brick edifice on a cozy corner, The Valley Bookseller gives book lovers hospitable environs and heaping amounts of literature. Text-ravenous eyes can feast on the store's beefed-up inventory, which stocks lockers of bestsellers such as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($27.95 for hardcover) and 61 Hours ($28.00 for hardcover) among an already meaty collection of fiction and non-fiction favorites. Wander the written words of a favorite author, decode directions to hidden treasure in the works of Norman Mailer, or get helpful life lessons from sleazy Hollywood agents in the books of Jackie Collins. If a particular manuscript beckons but doesn't appear in-stock at the store, The Valley Bookseller will order the book at no additional cost, with the order usually arriving within a week.
St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers bursts at the seams with rare and out-of-print items and holds nearly 50,000 hardcovers and paperbacks and a wide collection of maps and prints. Brightly lit and organized by topic, the shop's shelves attract a varied demographic of bookworms, who can effortlessly slither their way around the 5,000-square-foot store to discover children's classics ($5–$500), philosophical anthologies ($5–$250), and a volume of one-liners from Mr. Rogers. Owner and hardcover sleuth Gary Goodman travels through the United States, Canada, and Europe, hunting down titles on the Civil War ($5–$100), decorative arts ($5–$200), Western history ($10–$200), and sports ($5–$500). Culture cravers can also lay hands on a wide selection of hand-colored, 19th century architectural drawings, maps, and difficult-to-come-across prints ($25–$200), such as a photogravure of Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston ($29) in 1906. Feel free to leaf through titles within the orderly stacks or settle into one of the chairs dotting the store like freckles that spell out the word _Read!. _
Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.
A tall painted portrait, illuminated from above, shows a woman standing barefoot holding a lamb. Follow her glance downwards and sideways, and you'll sight row upon brightly colored row of carefully stacked skeins of yarn from brands such as Blue Sky and Spud & Chloë. Classes teach tender-footed knitters to wield these materials with care, and more advanced offerings cover refined and specialized stitching skills. The shop also carries its own line of all-natural soaps, household cleaners, and moisturizers designed to soften hands toughened by efforts to wrestle needles away from uncooperative porcupines.
Bibelot's mission to extract extraordinary and unusual treasures is made possible through its wide selection of carefully handcrafted trinkets and charms. Items appear and disappear like stardust as many are crafted in limited quantities and most are one-of-a-kind. Crafted with such materials as fine silver, high karat gold, high-grade gemstones, and cultured freshwater and Tahitian pearls, Bibelot's jewellery selection dazzles perusers with contemporary designs, including a rectangular pearl bracelet ($50) featuring genuine freshwater pearls and sterling silver, or metal luxe earrings ($45) with rose gold vermeil and sterling silver. Shoppers also encounter flirtatious cardigans, sweater coats, and modestly priced flower appliquéd clutch bags. Accessory aficionados are ensnared by hand-picked luxury items such as hand-woven silk and cashmere scarves, capes, and diamond-encrusted magic wands.