Virginia’s supplies female shoppers with an array of high-quality threads from Pendleton, Windridge, and other popular lines to meet the demands of special events and day-to-day sartorial situations. Maxi dresses ($68+) offer shoulder-to-ankle aesthetic adornment, and knit sundresses ($68+) stylishly protect skin from the sun's smoldering rays. Visitors can browse a selection of Fashque knit tops ($49+) and Caribe print tanks ($38+), as well as Rochelle three-quarter-sleeve cotton tops ($34+), which adorn torsos and help wearers master basic fractions. Virginia’s personable, passionate staff assists patrons with everything from choosing a mother-of-the-bride dress to fashioning the ideal outfit for an underwater scavenger hunt.
Encore on Main is well organized and merchandised just like the expensive mall stores. Encore on Main also offers a play area for your kids, making shopping much more convenient. A shopper at Encore on Main can find the kind of bargains on the current season's clothing without waiting until end of season sales.
Outfitted with 3,100 square feet of beads, gemstones, pearls, metals, chains, and findings, The Bead Lady stocks jewelry makers and bead enthusiasts with a multitude of crafting supplies. Learn to forge custom jewelry or sparkly jumpsuits with a choice of two different jewelry-making classes, including the chain-wrapping class, which teaches students how to link chain together with wrapping wire and beads and lasts one to two hours. During the 90-minute basic-beading class, bauble buffs learn ornamentation fundamentals, such as standard jewelry length, the uses of different-gauged soft wire, and the proper handling of crimping tools for styling your '80s-themed hair summit. Both classes include all supplies.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.