In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
At Halloween Dreams to Screams, trick-or-treaters of all ages peruse more than 2,400 costumes and Hallows Eve–themed accessories to procure optimal outfits for October 31. Licensed costumes for children and adults provide the thrills of wearing well-known garments without the hassles of robbing Prince’s dry cleaner. Customers can outfit boys in Green Lantern’s ($21.95+) legendary threads, dress girls with wares from Monster High ($17.99+), and transform adults in Lady Gaga’s ($12.99+) eclectic stylings. The store’s hay-barrel-flanked isles also include supplements to scary wares, such as makeup effects that distort appearances and decorations that freakishly face-lift houses. A cadre of masks ($3.39+) ranging from President Obama to cinema legend Freddy Krueger offers one-piece disguises ideal for strolling down neighborhood streets or nailing biopic auditions.
The friendly experts at Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shop sling the latest in contemporary snow-sport products and maintain slope-traversing gear, earning themselves a Gold Medal Award from Ski magazine. Boot technicians help guests hunt down the precise fit for their boots, and maintenance wizards use top-notch Wintersteiger tuning machines to ensure that skis and snowboards retain their integrity during outings or unexpected ice ages.
Although video-game characters use warp zones to skip ahead, Warp Zone takes gamers to the past, stocking a bounty of old-school video games, consoles, and memorabilia. Inside the shop, shelves brim with old cartridges and discs, consoles, controllers, and collectibles such as plush toys and pint glasses. The selection of games stretches back to the early days of the Atari 2600 and Magnavox Odyssey up to the current generation of consoles.
Massage Spa & Beyond encompasses 5,000 square feet of relaxing space where pampering practitioners set to work beautifying bodies with an extensive menu of salon and spa services, including a selection of treatments engineered for men. Patrons can pop in for a haircut or toenail trim and polish, for which they’ll lounge in a white leather pedicure chair, or linger for an extended luxury service such as a massage, during which sumptuous chocolate is decanted across the body. Like most presidential debates, many of the spa’s treatments are preceded by a stint in a hardwood steam or dry sauna.
After more than 120 years of sprucing up homes with high-quality paints and home décor, Westmoreland Supply continues the tradition with a variety of PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Made from a 100% acrylic formula, Manor Hall interior paints ($48.18–$51.57) coat walls in several stain-resistant sheens, such as the soft, subtle Eggshell. Or, Manor Hall exterior paint with Manorshield ($53.49–$58.84) has an urethane-fortified mildew-resistant finish that prevents cracking and peeling in any weather condition, from heavy summer downpours to winter cold snaps to Halloween toilet-paper storms.