With a full complement of Brunswick Gold Crown tables punctuating the pool hall with swatches of green felt, Crown Billiards offers ample space for pool enthusiasts of all levels. Weekly tournaments give seasoned players a chance to show off and compete for cash prizes, while amateur leagues gives beginners a chance to work on their games. The resident pool pro Carmen Lombardo gives tips to players and offers lessons for an additional fee. Crown Billiards also houses a cue repair shop and a full kitchen, which serves coffee, snacks, and hot sandwiches.
Posh Boutique’s chic catalogers fashionably aggregate their favorite designer clothing and accessories from Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City to create authentically American looks. Ladies enrobe denim-loving legs in the embraces of 1921 jeans ($165) or swaddle torsos in tops such as the EcoSkin Crescent Tunic ($88), harkening back to medieval fashions without the need for Renaissance-fair tickets or 20-sided dice. In the men’s section, Trunk shirts ($48+) drum up rock-band representation, and 575 jeans ($195) fade into form around macho calves. Handbag selections ($174+) carry heavy shopping clout, and accessories include cranium-shading hats ($58+) and a metallic-silver python snap bracelet studded with gunmetal Swarovski stones that protect wrists from unfashionable appearances and the bite of feral shirt sleeves.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Husband and wife team Bill and Harriet Albanese have been designing and assembling Swarovski-crystal, bridal, and costume fashion jewelry since 1973. More than half their shop's stock is designed in house, and it ranges in drama from subtle cubic-zirconia stud earrings to 3-inch-high tiaras. Adorn earlobes with Swarovski-crystal earrings in a variety of styles, including elaborate chandeliers ($49.50). Dress up a half-down hairdo or conduct idea sparks with a flexible crystal headband ($89). A Swarovski-crystal and faux-pearl hair comb ($44.50) with sterling-silver plating and an e-coating resists tarnishing while attracting friendly turtledoves to nest in tresses. No matter what accessory gleams alluringly at your eye or turns sunbeams into rainbows that pierce your heart, you'll have an elegant strand of sparkle to drape across your skin and declare superior to even the sveltest diamond-encrusted banana peel.
The skilled stylists at Fantastic Sams Lincoln Park turn their deftly handled shears not only to the hair atop patrons' heads, but also to unruly facial hair, performing beard and mustache trims. Other services include facial waxing, color and texture treatments, and updos for formal events.
At all nine Jump On In locations, high ceilings shelter mammoth, multicolored bounce castles and inflatable slides. Within those air-filled funhouses, kids burn calories bouncing, climbing, and playing games such as basketball. Whereas navigating obstacle courses and clambering up inflatable walls enhances kids' motor skills, Jump and Learn programs nurture their minds. During these programs, staff members lead art projects, science experiments, and live-animal shows designed to foster appreciation for all kinds of creatures and cutesy voices. With field trips and sports-team celebrations, as well as birthday parties, Jump On In's various indoor playgrounds host a range of get-togethers.