Costume Holiday House's inventory of wigs, makeup, suits, and party supplies enables costume changes ranging from spooky to comical. Customers can dress themselves as everything from pop-culture icons to terrifying specters and macabre forms, and an ample supply of wigs and accessories form the basis of inventive costumes that don’t require full-body suits or rubber masks. In addition to wearable Halloween goods, the shop also sells fog machines and animated props that set the stage for monster mashes and haunted houses. Costume Holiday House accommodates dress-up even in the Halloween off-season, with theater costume rentals for schools and community plays, or Second Skin colored bodysuits for showing team spirit at a baseball game or camouflaging into the green-screen background at local commercial shoots.
After more than 30 years in the Toledo music business, Pat opened Culture Clash Records. His knowledgeable staff strives to help music lovers to find old favorites and discover unfamiliar treasures in the massive, genre-spanning inventory. New and used CDs and vinyl records pack the shelves along with a selection of turntables and styluses. On certain days, live tunes from local artists permeate the store, introducing guests to new music without the usual awkward handshake.
Paula Brown Shop houses an eclectic inventory of products from the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Alessi flatware ($7.50–$26.50 per item) curbs the urge to eat chili with your hands, while Paula Brown's large selection of cookware forever eliminates the use of sharpened boomerangs as food processors. Bar accessories include a Mariposa pearled ice scoop ($34), Michael Aram twig tongs ($45), and an Alessi parrot corkscrew ($42). For friends that are expecting, or for adult friends aging backwards, Paula Brown offers a variety of baby products ($14–$50), as well as a range of collectibles ($22+) for all ages. Paula Brown Shop’s exterior is evocative of a modern-day castle, with its innards aglow with the shine of the sun, warm lighting, and the twinkle of trinkets’ souls.
Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
The staff at New Balance of Philadelphia & South Jersey isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
With the help of her husband, Chris, Crissi Ballas put her heart and soul into opening Wicks & Stones nearly a decade ago. Blossoming from a simple idea, the business grew into a gallery, jewelry and supply store, workshop, and candle emporium. Today, Wicks & Stones offers a wide variety of classes, from basic beading to stitching bracelets out of high-grade tennis balls. For gift-givers, the shop stocks 100% soy candles, a smattering of Swarovski crystals and other semi-precious stones, and displays packed with already-assembled jewelry.