Since 1947, Delian Music has weathered the changing landscape of the music world—a spectator to the heyday of the synthesizer and the rise of music megastores. The neighborhood shop has seen almost as many shakeups as the industry as a whole, beginning with the Blankenship family's impromptu purchase of the shop in 1967 and continuing through moves, competition, and the wrath of landlords. However, having endured all the trials that more than 65 years can bring, Delian Music still thrives as an intimate music shop. Instruments of all styles and makes line the walls and cater to beginner musicians. Practice rooms reverberate with the sounds of experienced musicians administering private lessons. In addition, a library of sheet music allows artists to learn their favorite songs or coat their floors with something they can finally empty their spit valves onto.
Since 1998, Big Lou's Toys & Collectibles has thrilled avid and casual collectors with a large selection of die-cast model cars, film memorabilia, and figurines. The majority of the tchotchke emporium's 70 display cases burst at the reinforced seams with antique die-cast model cars including a 1957 Chevy Suburban ambulance from the Jada Toys Heat Series ($12.99) and a Maisto- 1948 Ford F1 Wrecker tow truck ($11.99), both perfect gifts for automobile enthusiasts or mice that constantly ask for lifts to the mall. Big Lou's also stocks its shelves with miscellaneous movie memorabilia such as a 12-inch Jet Li action figure from the 2002 movie Hero ($40) and a 3.75-inch Freddy Krueger vinyl figurine ($9.99), which includes small-scale versions of the film villain's iconic hat, bladed glove, and ability to churn out unsuccessful sequels.
Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly. This year, Halloween Club is ready with popular Breaking Bad, Despicable Me, and Iron Man costumes. Of course, there are also the classic staples. Creepy masks and props, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. That selection also includes outlandish items such as skeletons in mariachi outfits and zombie girl scout costumes.