Purchased in 1994 by Katy and Jim Vigeland, Art Department, Inc. endows artists with all the trappings and trimmings necessary for drawing, painting, or creating life's unanswerable questions. Customers are greeted by a tower of stretched canvas ($0.99–$98.99) and a wall boasting a breadth of choices in fine-art paper. Bristle with excitement over Art Department, Inc.'s selection of brushes ($1–$249) or manually change your mood ring's readouts with a rainbow of paint ($1.60–$29.65). Miniature Mondrians and petite Picassos will be delighted by Art Department, Inc.'s assortment of children's arts-and-crafts supplies ($1.79–$59.99).
The new paradigm of movie renting has come with an increase in convenience, but viewers now find themselves beholden to the fickle availability of new releases and inexplicable disappearances of favorite films. Mr. Video curates an expansive collection of movies both new and old, allowing visitors to take home freshly printed Hollywood hits and beloved classics. Multi-disc sets get fans caught up on television shows, and the children's section stands ready to keep kids occupied, giving parents the time to run potato-sack races. The shop also stocks rental video games for a variety of systems.
We are a 19th-century business in a 21st-century world. We still use a card catalogue for trade credit, but our monthly newsletter is via email. We ignore the past century of retailing and merchandising techniques and remain a sort of messy store stacked with books, yet we have 10KW of solar panels!
The friendly staffers at this scrapbooking bazaar guide ambitious crafters through shelves loaded with memory-preserving supplies, including page embellishments, stylish adhesives, hundreds of patterned paper designs, and more than 400 colors of cardstock. Beginners can grab a We R Memory Keepers 12"x12" leather album ($35) and start filling its pages with significant artifacts, such as photographs of a youngster taking his first steps on the moon. Stacks of pretty paper ($.60–$2/sheet) and vibrant Bazzill Basics cardstock ($.65/sheet) host parties for fun flourishes ($2–$5), which patrons can attach to pages or origami airplane pilots using adhesives from Herma, Tombo, and Glue Dots ($2.50–$8).
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.