Bean Around Books connects curious minds with literary gems in a tidy, friendly atmosphere awash in the aromas of freshly brewed teas. The shop shelves an array of new and used books—from romance and mystery to sci-fi and self-help—that currently include page flippers such as the Star Trek Titan series ($5+) and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code ($15) in a special illustrated edition. Customers hunting for a rare first edition of Chicken Soup for the Salad-Shunning Soul can enjoy more than 25 loose-leaf teas in the seating area, or take home infusions that include varieties such as luscious mango ($11.99/100 g), green ginseng ($11.49/100 g), and Ilam artisanal oolong ($15.99/100 g) from Nepal. In the seating area, guests enjoy plentiful room in which to sip their earl grey while practicing Sherlock Holmes impressions or surfing the shop’s free WiFi. Bean Around Books also features the work of local artists and visiting writers, and an assortment of handcrafted jewellery.
With 2,500+ games available online for Mac and PC, Big Fish Games stretches brain muscles, wears down pointer fingers, and entertains adults and children alike with a wide selection of digital diversions. Amusophiles and their computer boxes download between one and two million games from Big Fish every day, enjoying its convenience and the complimentary 60-minute game previews.
The site and games are completely ad-free, eliminating any chance that a group of handsome and strong-willed emoticons will convince you to download them during the middle of a gaming session. Big Fish Games also hosts an active forum where discussion board chatter rambles on about the necessity of multiple trap doors and mahjong conspiracy theories.
Creekside Country Home Decor outfits homes and humans alike with a plenitude of modern and antique goods, including artwork, jewellery, and decor items artfully displayed in inviting confines. Carpal canvases regain the confidence to wave like those of royal greeters when adorned with wrist-enhancing bracelets ($15.95), and French soap ($1.75 for a small, $6.50 for a large) whisks away epidermal dirt and leaves skin gleaming. Venture into the lucrative market of ornithological real estate with a birdhouse on a stake ($10.99), or help loved ones revel in the soft glow of a Country Affair jar candle gift ($9.99 for a small, $15.99 for a large). Shoppers can also use this Groupon toward reproduction furniture and a variety of ageless home decor, such as an antique washboard ($45) that serves as both a charming interior decoration and a harrowing reminder to modern cleaning appliances of how good they really have it.
With more than 21 years of collective graphics experience, the designers at A Banners Inc understand the value of a memorable visual. After customers send in their logos or designs, the team sets to work slapping those images onto products including signs, banners, vehicle decals, stationery, photographs, and apparel. If customers don’t have a design already, A Banners Inc’s team can help them translate their ideas into reality, brainstorming up to three possible options for each customized order. Their work appears on items small and large, with possible projects ranging from tiny typesetting for letterhead and business cards to mammoth images for a giant’s letterhead and business cards.
ChristmasLtd brings cheer to homes with thousands of holiday decor items to deck the halls. Wreaths and garlands add a touch of green to banisters and doors, and Christmas lights twinkle through the night. The selection of Christmas trees includes artificial plants in a variety of shapes and sizes. Customers can choose a 10-foot realistic fraser fir or a 4-foot frosted and pre-lit tree, and then adorn it with a selection of ornaments including musical instruments and sparkling snowflakes.