The dice-throwing disciples at Game Seeker curate a vast collection of time-honored and neoclassical board games and allow customers to try hands at demo games before committing to a purchase. Avid gaming guides steer inquisitors toward vintage favorites, such as Mancala ($9.99) or Monopoly ($22.99), which inspires children to renovate the backyard treehouse into a tree hotel. The word-association challenges of Apples to Apples ($29.99) foster creative comparisons and camaraderie between 4–10 players. Settlers of Catan ($41.99) transports gamers to the hypothetical island of Catan, where they must construct settlements from a limited supply of wood, brick, and fast-food franchises.
Baby Sightings' team has introduced more than 15,000 couples to their unborn children. That might make the staff sound like time-travelers, but they're really ultrasound experts, offering 2D, 3D, and video ultrasounds. Couples can bring along loved ones to their relaxed appointments, and livestream the ultrasounds to those who couldn't make it in person. What's more, they can take home keepsakes for posterity, such as color snapshots and heartbeat recordings.
Beads of Paradise's experienced bauble-buffs outfit artists with a massive selection of beads and tools to design and create jewelry. Scintillating strands of 4-millimeter bicone Swarovski crystal beads ($12–$16) dazzle patrons with their variety of hues. Yellow 8-millimeter tiger-eye ornaments ($14) cast their predatory amber gaze across Japanese seed beads ($4.25/tube), which serve as a buffer between larger jewelry elements and Andre the Giant cameo lockets. The storefront is bedecked with a wide selection of natural gemstones ($16), iridescent crystals, and a range of specialty necklace-fillers. Pendants made from real leaves dipped in gleaming metals ($10–$45) shelter Mother Nature's beauty like a grizzly-bear linebacker. The shop's knowledgeable staff guides customers through the process of choosing a color scheme or the appropriate tool for any jewel-encrusted project.