Rod’s Hallmark offers gift-givers a myriad of attractive options, from dainty ornaments and well-crafted glassware to sparkling jewelry. With the holidays a swiftly approaching, ominous glow on the horizon, Hallmark is releasing 100 new Keepsake ornaments ($7.95 and up), with soon-to-be treasured tree-danglers including the Peanuts characters on ice and the Switzerland edition of the Santas Around the World collection. Freshen up your living room or shrine to Ben Stein with autumnal scents from Yankee Candle ($1.99–$24.99). Davinci Jewelry makes the ideal gift for your special anyone, with alluring beads ($6.99), necklaces ($19.99), and bracelets ($10.99) for your perusal. And, of course, Hallmark offers a wide array of gift and greeting cards for virtually every conceivable holiday, from recordable birthday cards to oddly specific missives that congratulate grandmothers on accidentally escaping from maximum-security prison.
Beds for Less's friendly staff purveys quality national mattress brands and educates shoppers inside three expansive showrooms. Visitors browse an assortment of Tempur-Pedic mattresses, such as the multicushioned Tempur-Cloud Supreme ($2,099+) and the pressure-relieving RhapsodyBed ($2,499+). Classic innersprings include Kingston’s Signature Series ($299+). The Canberra Pillow Top ($249.99+) boasts sag-free firmness so that sleeping next to a lead cannon ball is finally possible. Beds for Less can deliver purchases to most of the Wichita metro area for an additional cost.
Whitehall Fine Gifts and Collectibles offers over 20 varieties of gourmet chocolates and truffles, as well as stocking a bounty of fine art glass, antiques, and everyday gifts. Indulgent chocolates include the sea-salt caramel and the showgirl truffle with strawberry and raspberry purée, which arrives entombed in a milk-chocolate sarcophagus that preserves its rich flavors for the perusal of later archaeologists after being dipped in white chocolate and dusted with sugar. In addition to edible treats, the shop stocks its shelves with an array of collectibles, such as wind spinners and twisters ($25–$35), and Dynasty paperweights in many styles ($15–$40) that keep squadrons of paper airplanes from taking wing and dive-bombing collections of statues, Boyds Bears, Willow Tree angels, dolls, and fashionable jewelry.
Soho Interiors' home-furnishing virtuosos upgrade customers’ quarters with an international cache of eclectic furniture and home goods. Spruce up a bathroom with Italian soaps ($5) or Italian bubble-bath formula ($16), or pick up some picture frames ($17) to accentuate diverse wall prints ($25+). For more substantial pieces, peruse collections from name-brand designers such as the Italian contemporary Calligaris line. Adorn a barren abode with a table lamp ($129) or pick up a new end table ($129) to properly display a Millard Fillmore bobblehead collection. Practical ornamentation, such as a room divider ($99), provides solace for slipping into slinky French lingerie ($120), and Italian dining chairs stylishly preserve diners from leg cramps. To keep customers from acting uninformed, friendly sales associates remain on-hand to chat about hip trends, make recommendations, and provide techniques for gently informing old furniture it's being replaced.
• For $30, you get two full cat groomings (a $60 value). • For $35, you get two full groomings for dogs under 25 pounds (a $70 value). • For $45, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh 26–45 pounds (a $90 value). • For $59, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh over 45 pounds (a $120 value). • For $59, you get a 3-week puppy socialization course (a $120 value).