At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.
Good Eatz Green Café stocks its kitchen with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients to fill its menu with gluten-, dairy-, or animal product-free meals. Wholesome recipes include maple buckwheat pancakes and Mexican-style frittatas, as well as ahi tuna sashimi, gluten-free cheese ravioli, seitan meatloaf, and Black Angus cheeseburgers.
In addition to its devotion to sustainable ingredients, Good Eatz boasts other green qualifications such as membership in Oxfam and Green America, formerly Co-op America, a box and paper reuse program, and Energy Star appliances, which can be plugged directly into the sun.
Lauded by style magazines, Chinese Laundry’s array of footwear frames feet in styles ranging from elegant to everyday using eye-catching lines and innovative materials. Complement cocktail dresses by slipping toes into a choice of evening items, such as angelic, gold Willy Shimmer heels ($49.95) and dark and racy Haughty suede heels ($29.95), or wear one of each to engage gams in existential debates about good and evil. A range of daytime togs such as wedges ($29.99–$170), flats ($14.99–$89.95), and sandals ($14.95–$150) pair with jeans, shorts, and sundresses effortlessly, and sleek stiletto Faith boots ($59.95) drape legs in luxury while keeping out wind, rain, and subliminal messages instructing feet to do the mashed-potato.
Garnering Delaware Today magazine's Best of Delaware award for Best Bargain Shopping Upstate, Designer Consigner owner Michelle Scott-Costa collects a diverse assortment of women?s and men's apparel and accessories. Inventory includes items that initially graced the display cases of high-end designers such as Banana Republic, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, among others. Of the gently used garments brought in by her 1,200 consigners, Michelle accepts only clean, designer items free of stains and werewolf-claw marks. In March 2014, she expanded her consignment empire by opening a second location in Rehoboth Beach.
Named Best Vintage Gear in Philly by Philadelphia magazine, Malena’s Vintage Boutique outfits fashionistas in high-end women’s apparel and accessories forged between 1920 and 1980. The staff hand selects each piece in the boutique to stand the test of time and complement any wardrobe. A swing skirt ($48) from the 1950s beautifully layers golden glitter over black felt, and a 1960s pink nylon nightgown ($52) tastefully accentuated by a tiny blue bow is sure to impress special someones and discerning fence-hopping sheep. Smart belts, such as a vintage Tony Lama ($32), dot the shop’s fabric-filled landscape, along with an array of well-aged handbags. Like a candy shop or self-loathing piñata, Malena’s supplies itself with new goodies on a constant basis, updating its Facebook page with new wares so shoppers can scope before they shop.
As the salon's name suggests, Endless Summer Salon & Tan's staff wants to help their patrons maintain a sun-kissed silhouette all year round. To achieve that look without the sun's help, guests can hop into a standup or flat UV bed, or opt for UV-free tanning. Guests can bronze their bodies with a self-operated Mystic Tan booth or a custom airbrush glow from a trained technician, who effortlessly makes the sun's work look like a cheap imitation.
In addition to beautifying their bodies in the tanning salon, guests can transform in the hair salon, which buzzes with the blow-dryers of a trio of stylists. They update manes with products from Wella and Redken along with naturally derived elixirs from Aveda and Moroccanoil. In the spa, aestheticians groom skinscapes with waxing, and nail technicians reinforce manicures with no-chip gel polish, preparing hands to finger-walk down the hand-modeling catwalk.