Each month, the writers in Main Line Today magazine cover the individuals, issues, and attractions salient to the inhabitants of Philadelphia's western suburbs. Though it is composed mostly of features of the dining or home-and-garden variety, the regional lifestyle publication also branches out into articles on noteworthy local spa treatments and top doctors and specialists. Contributors additionally profile some of the Main Line's most newsworthy residents, one such person of interest being kineticist Bill McHugh, who spent four decades building an aluminum and steel amusement park for squirrels, birds, and humans who are really, really terrified of heights.
North Wales Running Company’s staff channels its dedication to running and training, helping out shoppers with pertinent advice and earning the shop a Philly Hot List pick as the #1 running store in the city six years straight. Runners can peruse more than 80 types of shoes for men and women from venerated brands such as Asics, Mizuno, and Nike. The shop's staff assists patrons in reaching their fitness goals, whether finding a proper fit for jogging shoes or fastening rockets to jogging shoes. A selection of winter apparel and accessories—including GPS watches, heart rate monitors, pedometers, and energy bars—helps runners stride down the road toward optimal health.
Play N Trade, an independently owned boutique, stocks a vast arsenal of gear for gamers playing on systems ranging from Atari to PlayStation 3 and seeking gently-used nostalgic classics or the latest pixelated adventure. Players peruse a library of new games ($19.99–$59.99) for consoles such as Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii, and—with the Try Before You Buy policy—ensure games are more challenging than a race against a chubby child on a pogo stick. In addition to the variety of new titles, Play N Trade also carries retro games and consoles including Atari and Nintendo, as well as rare Japanese imports. Used games ($9.99–$49.99) all undergo a thorough inspection before being added to the Play N Trade collection, and the store upholds a 30-day return policy in the event that a game is defective or fire-flower gardens refuse to grow.
For 30 years, Towamencin Beverage has been the go-to spot for celebratory goods such as beer and cigars. They stock more than 5,000 types of beers, ranging from Local Crafts to the East and West borders as well as all the Domestics. Once you've navigated the encyclopedic selection of beers, follow the rich fragrances to the in-store cigar humidor. There, you'll find stogies of every shape and size, from El Rico Habano to Macanudo. They also carry a wide array of cigar accessories, including humidors, lighters, cutters and training wheels to keep your smoke rings moving along as you perfect the craft.
TheGameShop.com stocks its digital closet with an enormous selection of educational games, addictive board games, party games, and games that transcend all categories. More than 200 different titles are available, ranging from old classics such as Battleship ($22.95) to neo-classics such as The Settlers of Catan ($44.95). Browse through the online game factory’s shelves using the handy keyword search option to locate an old family favorite such as Pit ($9.95), which pits bears against bulls in staged barley-field showdowns as kids seven and up learn how to corner the commodities market. Otherwise, opt for a game that reflects the truth-twisting tendencies of our post-postmodern society, such as The Wrong Game ($24.95), which rewards players for clever falsehoods with a Congressional seat. DIY doctors, meanwhile, can practice practicing medicine with Scabs ‘n’ Guts ($19.95)—a mishmash of meducational body trivia that will surprise participants with facts about their corpora—or just stick with the tried-and-true Operation ($22.95), which is famous for alerting innovative physicians such as William Worrall Mayo and Hippocrates to the health risks posed by pun-based injuries.