With a wide assortment of brand-name fashions, Brother's bedecks men and women alike in stylish threads for all occasions. While gents dress in sophisticated Michael Kors suits and Calvin Klein tuxedos, female fashionistas can drape themselves in designer dresses from Kay Celine and Fabrizio Gianni. For more casual wear, women can don floral print skirts, Juicy Couture sweatshirts, or a Michael Stars vanilla tank ($46), while male meatsuits nab a mix of polos and embroidered button downs. To keep your body’s bottom half covered and ward off attacks by Ninja Turtle underoos, customers can browse the selection of premium denim from brands such as True Religion and 7 For All Mankind. Meanwhile, feet occupy themselves by wrestling with fashionable footwear such as Cole Haan loafers for men and women's Chinese Laundry shoes ($49.99). Brother's also boasts an assortment of accessories, including watches, necklaces, bags, and money clips for those who carry their cash around instead of burying it in their backyard until it multiplies.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Funky, inviting Apricot Lane Boutique proffers premium denim, designer bags, and eclectic jewelry. Jeans from brands such as Miss Me or Rock Revival ($78+) enhance the wardrobes of fashionable moms or on-the-go mannequins that have been given a soul, and tops, skirts, and dresses from Luluvia, Urban Behavior, and other chic apparel manufacturers ($16–$80) make trendy style statements. Fashioned by designers ranging from Melie Bianco to Nicole Lee, the boutique’s stylish handbags can hold makeup and other important accessories, such as peregrine falcons. Abounding with bracelets, necklaces, and snazzy beaded handiwork by local artists, the boutiques’ interiors feature decorative touches, as well as fashion-savvy associates who gladly help customers pick out their ideal outfit.