With a sprawling selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and more, Frey’s Greenhouse has helped gardeners spruce up their yards for more than 40 years. Blooming geraniums ($3.49) and other annuals set up shop year after year, and perennials such as impatiens ($1.49 for a 4-pack) can hardly wait to host summertime garden parties. Visitors may choose from dozens of hanging baskets to adorn decks, porches, and doghouses with brilliant splashes of color ($23.95 for 12”). More than 50 types of veggie plants, including cucumbers ($1.49) and lettuce ($0.99 per seed packet), help salads freshen up, and just-picked rosemary transforms shy pork chops into barbecue celebrities ($2.89). Friendly staff members help shoppers navigate the 25,000-square-foot space, unearthing glazed Malaysian pottery ($19.95) and locating the perfect shovels for pint-size diggers' sandboxes. They’re also happy to provide advice on fertilizer use, pest prevention, and recovery of runaway garden gnomes.
Toys on the Square’s 8,000-square-foot space and 50 paint-your-own pottery stations accommodate unusually popular birthday boys and girls as they unleash their rabid creativity alongside all their friends. Artistes can start by choosing a piece of pottery from the hundreds of available mugs, vases, plates, and busts of the cast of Who’s the Boss ($7–$20 for the average piece), then lay claim to their favorite color glazes. Toys on the Square injects fresh inspiration into the air with design books, stencils, and stamps, and the tile wall lets painters preview what each finished color looks like. Once Da Vinci devotees have signed their name to their objet d'art with a permanent glaze pencil, the staff will coat it with a layer of clear over-glaze and then fire it in a kiln. All glazes are nontoxic and lead free, ensuring that finished pieces are safe for eating and drinking. Pieces will be ready for pickup or shipping in three weeks.
A web of scrolls, acanthus leaves, and flowers weaves its way around a polished metal serving tray, encircling edibles with an intricately wrought border. This baroque pattern dates back to the 17th century, when Parisian silversmiths created the design for Queen Mary. This motif has since been revived by sculptor Stan Baskett, one of Wilton Armetale Factory Store's cadre of skilled designers. Like many of the pieces in Wilton Armetale’s serveware collection, the designs are rooted in history but have been updated and streamlined for daily use.
Even though the shop's pieces are ornate, they never sacrifice durability. This nontoxic serveware and grillware is oven- and freezer-safe and sturdy enough for cooking, baking, and grilling. The metal workers also vow that their pieces will not rust, break, chip, or heckle you as they usher meals from the kitchen to the table.
Lancaster Archery Supply creates an all-encompassing wonderland of all things bow and arrow. Since 1983, Lancaster's showroom has supported the strict disciplines of Olympic Recurve while stocking every implement and accessory needed for recreational sports, including compound target, 3D, and traditional archery. Maintaining a strict level of integrity throughout the entire stock, Lancaster has earned its stripes as a leader in the archery industry, and backs the hardware with a stellar customer support team. For those who want to master the sport, or just not embarrass themselves at a viking funeral, Olympic trained archer Heather Pfeil escorts rookies towards a future of bulls-eyes at the Lancaster Archery Academy.