At The Exchange, a staff of media experts oversees a stock of new and used movies, video games, and CDs ranging from the latest releases to nostalgia-inducing classics. New music that spans artists and genres plays from multigenerational iPods and accessories. Game platforms such as Xbox 360 and PS3 rest side by side with older consoles including N64, Super Nintendo, regular Nintendo, Gameboy, and the first video-game system ever—a hollowed-out TV filled with finger puppets. The staff stacks their shelves to the ceiling with DVDs and Blu-ray discs as well as merchandise and memorabilia such as Homer Simpson dolls and action figures. The Exchange honors its name by trading goods with customers for store credit that can be applied to its myriad wares.
Inaugurated in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1980, HobbyTown USA now feeds the habits of hobbyists in 43 states, immersing shoppers in a model-toy store and art-supply shop with a science-fair vibe. Crafty options abound for many ages and interests and range from 1/25 scale 1969 Camaro model kits ($19.95) to easy-to-care-for ant farms ($15.49). Guests can spicy up routine barbecues with outdoor activities such as flying Turbo Jet 2000 gliders ($4.99) or kites shaped like 3-D space shuttles, which, unlike real space shuttles, serve decent in-flight meals ($19.99). For rainy days, pick up a 10-piece carving-knife set ($4.95) and an eight-color all-purpose paint set ($12.15) to repurpose any banister as a totem pole of achievement.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.