Inside the 8,000-square-foot location, the staff of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store organizes a collection of gently used, clean children’s gear, from clothing and strollers to books and bassinets. As a consignment shop, they only sell and purchase items that have not been recalled, stained, ripped, or damaged in any way. Though brimming with toys and accessories, the shop is meticulously organized. A fleet of strollers, car seats, and cribs stands in neat rows, and a book nook displays their library beside comfortable reading chairs. As parents browse, kids can play on trampolines, slides, and other equipment in age-specific play zones.
The shop’s values encourage this parent- and kid-friendly style. Before opening the shop, owner Cheryl Courson had struggled to balance her corporate career with motherhood. Frustrated, she decided to create a store that makes life easier for moms. She staffs parents, who may bring their children to work, as well as pregnant moms, joking “their nesting organizational skills are excellent!” She also offers an hourly store-credit wage in return for simple volunteer tasks such as hanging clothing and teaching children about the themes of fatherhood in Ulysses. Regular donations to kid- and mom-centric local charities further root the store in the community.
At Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour, sister owners Amy Turner and Tammy Turner Kipp exude fashion sense. Together, they keep their store's artful displays stocked with items ranging from classic to contemporary, with new and seasonal collections consistently joining the mix. In order to keep pace in the ever-changing world of fashion, Amy and Tammy also go on frequent buying trips, where they meet with longstanding partners to gather pieces that have yet to hit the shelves at big department stores. And, as daughters of educators, the Turner sisters have worked with local teachers and principals for more than a decade through their "Jewels for Schools" program.
The chefs of Caffè dell’Amore live by the philosophy that eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger, it’s about satisfying the soul. They seek to appeal to both with a seasonal menu that uplifts Italian-imported ingredients such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and cured meats and cheeses with a medley of free-range meats, wild-catch seafood, and local organic produce, rather than vegetables from today’s trendy moon farms. These lavish components—which range from fresh basil emulsions to exotic wild boar, braised organic veal shank, and their house specialty lasagna bolognese—waft mouthwatering aromas through an intimate dining room whose walls were hand painted by an italian artist. A full complement of Italian vintages stand ready to pop their corks and wash down black cherries imported from Italy.
At Julie’s of Naples, experienced fashionista Julie shares her eye for color and savvy for assembling elegant outfits. She fills her store with gauze tops, capris, and cardigans from Color Me Cotton; hats from Wallaroo; and sandals from Onesole, which encourage wearers to change their crystal-studded straps as often as a chameleon changes its political opinions. Alongside dressy jackets and beachy shorts, sparkling Swarovski jewelry awaits unadorned necks and earlobes, and neckwires flaunt spangles of bright color.
Lolli's Jewelry makes old, broken jewelry look like new with onsite repairs performed by a team of registered jewelers. In business since 1993, the store also offers watch repairs, engravings, and custom jewelry design. Gemologist Jeff Hicks is on hand to appraise gemstones and other valuable pieces, so clients know exactly how many dollars worth of rubies they can fit into their mouths.
Eyes Etc. Optical's owner, Dr. Jeannine Fowler, keeps visual deterioration and disease at bay with her comprehensive eye exams, custom eyewear, and treatments. While her shop stocks frames from the likes of Vera Wang, Montblanc, Roberto Cavalli, and Guess, Dr. Fowler's foremost concern is her patient's visual acuity, evidenced by her precision lenses of choice. She fits frames with Nikon, Kodak, and Verilux lenses, which are available with coatings that keep UV rays, glare, and airborne pies away from sensitive eyes.