Amid the original woodwork of an elegant showroom at Eli Adams Jewelers, second-generation horologists and jewelers adorn bare wrists, necks, ears, and fingers with designer watches and fine jewelry—much of which is made by hand and assembled in store. Bling out collars with a silver pendant sparkling with Austrian crystals ($49) or don precious jewelry from Gucci ($495+), Dolce & Gabbana ($80+), or Phillip Stein ($75). Wrists catch eyes with brands that include Bulova ($99+), Movado ($250+), Ladies Angel Collection watches ($79.99), or Tissot men's watches ($120+), such as the Tissot T-Touch Expert watch with a stainless-steel case, orange-rubber bracelet, and a digital display. Glittery engagement rings ($599+) garnish claws and wards off the unwanted attentions of an enamored manicurist.
Ali's Motorcycle Apparel Shop keeps motorcyclists geared up and kitted out with items to help them safely and stylishly tackle the open road. Highway warriors can protect their skulls with Department of Transportation-certified helmets, and rely on leather gloves to keep their hands safe during high-speed high-fives with oncoming motorcyclists. Saddlebags and tool bags, meanwhile, can ensure valuables stay put during long road trips.
Surplus mattresses designed by Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and other manufacturers line the walls inside Mattress Liquidation LLC, each priced at up to 75% below retail value. Shoppers can also find bed frames, box springs, and other sleeping apparatus inside the store.
A bouquet seems simple at first, sprays of baby’s breath filling out the broad orange petals of lilies and the brushstroke curls of roses. Without an eye for color and composition, though, the huge range of flowers that are available can be intimidating. The School of Floral Arts & Design develops talented florists and hobbyists through classes and courses that introduce theories of composition and design. Instructors with decades of experience cover everything from design to business sense, and pupils leave carrying mini topiaries, centerpieces, and seasonal wreaths. Professional courses help florists enhance their craft with lessons on designing bouquets and corsages.