Pepperheads Hotsauces stockpiles over 800 tongue-searing hot sauces, rubs, and marinades that inject bursts of heat and flavor into savory dishes. A top seller, Black Mamba hot sauce ($32.99/6 oz.) culls chocolate habañero peppers and capsaicin extracts to craft a viscous spice said to approach several million Scoville units, the scale that measures spicy heat by weighing tasters' shed tears. Pure powder of jolokia ghost pepper, reputed by the February 2007 Guinness Book of World Records to be the hottest chili pepper on the planet, cater to pyrotechnic cooks craving to create their own rubs or sauces ($29.95/48 grams).
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
Formerly known as Main Street Fuels, The Propane Guys continues to restock local cooking holes with propane, wood pellets, and all-natural lump charcoal. In addition to delivering propane to homes and businesses, they also offer major-brand BBQs, cooking grates, flavorizer bars, burners that heat up any party-ready patio space, and are an authorized dealer in the Big Green Egg.
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Gifts, candles, pottery, soaps
Pro Tip: Original works, many made by local artists and artisans; most of the store inventory is made in the USA
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Avenue Sound specializes in electronic systems for the home and car. With 24 years of experience and three Long Island locations, the electronic dealers sell and install products from manufacturers such as Kenwood, Alpine, and JVC. Technicians here can upgrade a vehicle's sound with new speakers, subwoofers, decks, and satellite radios, or install DVD players and cameras. Additional automotive upgrades include remote starters, car alarms, and window tints. With the same stock of name-brand electronics and the same mechanical prowess, the technicians here also service homes with theater-and-entertainment systems.
Island Wide Palm Trees gives clients tropical island views without the sandy beaches and rolling ocean waves. They do this by filling gardens and planters with palm trees that imbue indoor and outdoor spaces with a tropical feel. Cultivated christmas palms grow up to 20 feet tall in ideal environments that don't dip below 30 degrees, while pygmy date and cold hardy palms bravely stare down chilly weather all year long. Coconut trees bear fruit capable of producing nutritious milk for those whose homes are not zoned for farm animals.