The stockade of new and gently used goods at Hinds Hospice Thrift Store bestows surrounding communities with a multifarious cove of everyday items, collectibles, and hidden treasures. Stock barren bookshelves with paperback books ($0.25+) or stabilize a wobbly house on stilts with the tenacious reinforcement of a hardback tome ($1.50+). Stylish pairs of women’s shoes ($8+) wait patiently for ankle inhabitants, and a wide variety of vintage furniture ($35+) stands by to enliven barren apartments or uninviting human terrariums. Proffering goods for every occasion, season, or made-up holiday, the thrifty store also stocks an expansive selection of kitchenware, sporting goods, and appliances.
The Well Community Church opened the doors to Neighborhood Thrift in March 2008 with the aim of becoming a more permanent and sustainable positive influence in the community. Hoping to address the lingering issue of high unemployment in the area, Neighborhood Thrift not only finds second homes for discounted clothing and housewares but also runs a work program that helps give local citizens a stable job, in which they can earn experience, bolster their resumés, and give back to their community.
The airy, spacious retail center houses nearly 30,000 pieces of gently used clothing, as well as housewares ranging from appliances and decor to electronics and furniture. A newly opened café nestled in the store’s corner offers visitors coffee and free WiFi as they mingle with other members of the community and debate the number of creamers Plato would drink in his coffee.
At Lotus Gardens Outdoor Living Center, locally grown seasonal vegetables, verdant plants, nectarine trees in a quintet of varieties, and whimsical statuaries spill out from the sprawling confines of the 30-year-old establishment. In the nursery, a fleet of fruit trees, rose trees, and hybrids bearing imaginative names such as Chrysler Imperial and Liv Tyler stretch across the expansive space, and in the garden shop, bird feeders infuse backyards with personality and Michelin-rated aviary cuisine.
Visitors to the center can also find plenty of bulk material for their projects, as well as call upon any one of the amiable, experienced staff members for tips on tree planting, landscape design, and using the right herbicides.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Former social worker Pablo Antinao-Alvarez made his foray into the food industry working as a bartender at a five-star hotel and restaurant in Chile. He received his wine professional certification from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley before traveling to France and Spain, where he studied at the Spanish Academy of Sommeliers and learned which wine bottles are most likely to contain trapped genies. After settling down in California's wine country, he shared his knowledge with fine restaurants and founded Rustica Wine School. Today, he organizes and teaches classes on spirits and liquors, as well as food-and-wine pairing.