Friendly associates acquaint shoppers with a staggering collection of sleek and functional luggage and travel accessories by brands including Kiva, Briggs and Riley Travelware, and Ogio. A Timbuk2 messenger bag ($85.00) embraces books and laptops with a waterproof lining to protect contents from wayward water balloons. Shoppers can carry items in a variety of stylish totes, or marvel as a Briggs & Riley carry all ($279.00) contains a two-section design for storage and flat packing while still squeezing into a plane's overhead compartment. Packing accessories such as the Eagle Creek Pack-It Caddy ($30) simplify travel, and a TSA-safe luggage lock ($9) defends bags from nosy neighboring cargo. Urban Baggerie can also add names and monograms in a variety of thread colors and styles with complimentary embroidery services, which help schoolchildren identify their backpacks or commit lengthy last names to memory.
Since 1990, Pitaya has fashioned its own line of American-made clothes for ladies looking to stay stylish no matter the season. Fresh merchandise hits the store weekly—stock up on what's hot so you're not forced to design makeshift togas from dead leaves and discarded cornhusks. Annettes can attract admiring passersby with the mesh ballerina skirt ($24), whereas Carols can give their legs a big pair hug with the linen-blend trousers ($39). The polka-dot-print tent dress ($34) emits elegance sprinkled with adventure, like a cocktail party held on the side of a cliff, and the black slouchy V-tee ($22) gives décolletages the social exposure not allowed by tyrannical turtlenecks or stifling scarves.
Costume Specialties launches adults and children into character with hundreds of costumes, wigs, makeup, and accessories. Youth guises ($15+) range from Dorothy’s signature white blouse and blue-checked pinafore ($29) to Darth Vader’s iconic black cape, helmet, and Hello Kitty lunchbox ($31). Adult getups ($40+) include the rose-hued velvet dress sported by Robin Hood's Maid Marion ($45.99) and the white jumpsuit and bulging, hairy chest of latter-day Elvis ($56). Wigs, such as the white curls of a Colonial man ($22), and accessories, including hairy werewolf gloves ($10), add realistic flair to outfits, and smearing a 16-ounce vial of arterial stage blood ($15.95) around the mouth helps increase a vampire costume's impact or intimidate squirrels that keep breaking into bird feeders.
A consignment store filled with gently used furniture and décor, Experienced Possessions outfits homes with pieces that add utility and style. Visitors can shuffle about the store in search of hidden gems, inspecting the plush fabrics of sofa upholstery and the rich finishes of wooden tables. New stock arrives daily, making guests feel as up-to-date as the crystal ball on which all newscasts are based. In a typical visit, furniture-seekers may discover treasures such as a Scandinavian maple bookshelf ($49 for a 30"x36"x11" piece) or a Henredon sofa table ($75 for a 54”x16”x27” piece) fit to support a beautiful vase or a beloved book of knock-knock jokes. Customers can enlist the store’s helpful staff to find a wooden dining chair with a cane bottom ($55). With more than 20 years of furniture-peddling experience, the store can help shoppers to wrangle accoutrements suitable for a new home, living-room makeover, or indoor rodeo.
Voted Dayton's best jeweler by Active Dayton readers in 2010, Elizabeth Diamond Company adorns fists, wrists, and clavicles with designer rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more. Necks can flaunt an 18-inch strand of pearls ($183) or a round citrine pendant ($59), while a Divagi diamond and ruby ring turns every handshake into a dazzling spectacle ($300). The newly betrothed can ogle certified diamonds in a variety of designer shapes and cuts, including Tacori engagement rings ($2,370+) and the Veragio Couture Collection ($1,210–$4,300). With pieces by a wide range of stone-smiths, including Simon G, Ritani, and Divagi, sparkle seekers have their pick of styles, from cocktail-party chic to slot-machine queen.
Since founding their shop in 1946, three generations of Harrises continue to augment time-tested bauble-smithing methods with the latest technological advances. A staff of accredited gemologists shepherds shoppers through a vast array of diamonds and gemstones, or provides romantic advice for spouses-to-be. Custom designs are a specialty, and the ornamentalists prefix each unique piece with a wax facsimile for a perfect fit. Staffers can also repair heirloom pieces to particular specifications, as well as appraise them or expunge them of loitering genies.