Peruse the hundreds of items in Dallas Pridgen's online selection, where all that glitters is gold, silver, or platinum. Select a suitably adorable gift for animal lovers, such as the silver whale brooch ($49) or the 14K gold elephant pendant ($66), or communicate with holiday spirits via seasonal jewelry ($25–$1,132). Fans of whimsy and Sandra Boynton buffs will delight in Dallas Pridgen's exclusive Boynton line ($49–$1,499), which renders the author and illustrator's inimitable characters in sterling and gold. The Juliet series spotlights elegant and feminine lines, like those that form the Juliet's heart pendant (silver $98, gold $799), a thoughtful gift to perk up a girlfriend, sister, or forlorn ventriloquist dummy.
In the kitchen at Mario?s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York?style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 24 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak, round out the menu.
A graduate of North Carolina State University's School of Design, Holly Aiken channeled her passion for creativity to style her own successful business. Aiken fills her downtown Raleigh boutique with her own original bags and accessories, which feature sleek, simple designs made with durable materials. Her accessories sport vintage-inspired colors and geometric accents paired with vinyl and webbing trim built to withstand daily use or the storage needs of Mary Poppins. She makes each of her pieces by hand with a precise touch to ensure both fashion and long-term function.
fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on fall fashions so that you’re not forced to craft makeshift loincloths out of jack-o’-lanterns when the summer outfit you’re wearing magically vanishes. Attract admiring looks with a "winter wool" jacket ($85) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of biker boots ($42) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking "fifties something" dress ($104) will give you the power to turn heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed, while the metal detail zipper bag ($74) comfortably accommodates knickknacks and jars of nail clippings. fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous get-ups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.
HandPicked's bauble boutiques brandish original, elegant adornments and sterling-silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans from around the world. HandPicked originals such as the Tiny Twinklers studs ($12) grant wishes for lonely lobes, and bare wrists find themselves encased in the turquoise globes of the For The Nurturing Center bracelet ($32), which pleases its parents by donating a percentage of proceeds to its namesake, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse.