For over 75 years, Rogers Jewelers has lavishly exhibited a sparkling smorgasbord of fashion and bridal accoutrements. The professional staff guides customers to ensure informed purchases. Accessorize with a Diamond Key Pendant, a take on the old-fashioned skeleton key design ($59). Rogers provides free inspection and cleaning of jewelry, as well as a lifetime guarantee with each purchase of a diamond or promise to have children for the sole purpose of purchasing diamonds in the future. Rogers also donates to the American Red Cross and local school programs.
With in-store samples and a massive online inventory of crafting patterns, fabric, and supplies, MMIJA quenches any quilting or sewing thirst with a wide variety of high quality products. The large selection of fabrics and prints is fit for any ambitious project, such as a vintage-style dress, a snazzy pillowcase, or a luxury duplex blanket fort. Sew a patch over tiny scuffed knees with bumblebee fabric from Melly & Me ($9.99 per yard), or amp up your kickball team’s patriotism with jerseys festooned from Old Glory navy striped cotton ($8.99 per yard). A hefty supply of patterns is on hand for fashioning handmade gifts or punching up home decoration. With a variety of sewing and embroidery kits ($20–$78.95) crafters can knit a fashionable tracksuit or expertly fend off swarms of killer quilting bees.
Packard’s Games and Movies fuels friendly competition and hours of virtual entertainment with an eclectic abundance of gently used media. Gamers can fire up current consoles with a collection of used games, such as Halo 3 ($9.99) and Fable II ($7.99), which carry the ghosts of past triumphs to challenge their new owners. Those yearning for pixels of the past can dive into a rich selection of retro games ($2.99+) for vintage systems including Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Guide virtual superheroes as they jump across flames and elude persistent tax collectors with controllers for the Playstation 2 ($9.99+), Super Nintendo ($9.99+) or the Nintendo 64 ($12.99–$19.99). Stacks of previewed DVDs ($4.99) and Blu-rays ($8.99+) provide ample fodder for future movie nights. Each store has a slightly different selection, so call ahead for specific inquiries or simply browse through the cartridge- and disc-packed aisles in person.
Begin the holiday season with a memorable trip to the family owned-and-operated House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm, where 20 acres of coniferous cohorts await your choosing and chopping. House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm has provided holiday centerpieces for lonely living rooms since 1991, the same year area households started torturing tinseled trees by mounting them next to taxidermal New Year's resolutions. Warm up with free hot cocoa, chase little ones around House Mountain's sprawling hillside, and chop down the majestic pine of your candy cane dreams (trees start at $30 and are prices vary according to size). House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm is located in Northeast Knox County, where deciduous trees weep colorful tears every fall as they witness their brethren pines glisten in winter's glory.
An extensive collection of jeans, figure-flattering dresses, and eye-catching accessories fills the racks at Kristi, illuminated by delicate, dangling chandeliers. Showcase fabulous footwear or intricate ankle paintings in Pencey Standard's Hi-Lo skirt, a fetching black number that trails to the ground in the back but demurely rises to mid-shin in front ($88). A ruffled bodice livens up a teal dress from Ya, ably outfitting the wearer for a cocktail party or a festive brunch ($59). Pair a Sauce lace tee ($59) with delightful denim from Joe's Jeans ($172+) to add a dollop of rock 'n' roll to an outfit, or zip to the office in an elegant Aryn K silk blouse ($86). Ears and necks catch the eye of passers-by or underprivileged birds when bedecked in pieces from the Serafina feather jewelry collection, which imbues ensembles with a dose of high glam ($42–$69).
HobbyTown USA’s large supply of models, kits, and games provides hours of creative diversions, fine-scale precision, and gift-giving potential. Model trains race radio-controlled vehicles, slot cars, and aerial conveyances such as the E-flite Blade mCX RTF helicopter ($79.99). Human hands and zoom noises power old-school road hogs such as Mattel Hot Wheels’ Haul and Race Rig ($13.99). HobbyTown USA stocks a rail yard’s worth of model-train supplies and accessories, including how-to books and tiny models of model trains. Complex souls play out psychodramas in safety with board games and puzzles, and brain cells tumble through IQ hoops with science kits such as the hands-on Disgusting Science kit ($19.99). The store’s telescopes allow sneak previews of the impending alien invasion. For objects demanding to be covered in paint, hobby paints and tools and art supplies provide the materials.