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.
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.