By filling their shelves with publisher overstocks and remainders, Bradley's Book Outlet's shops across Pennsylvania and Ohio are able to price new releases and current bestsellers at bargain prices. Whether it's discounting the most banned books in the United States, hosting author discussions and book signings, or going to the movies to read the book version out loud in the theater, the retailers are constantly proving their devotion to the act of reading. They're more than a brick, mortar, paper, and ink store, too?their online wholesale division offers massive discounts with an emphasis on pop fiction, African American literature, and history.
Something New Florist specializes in floral arrangements, decorative housewares, and wedding registries. For almost 20 years, the prettifying purveyors have been bringing fresh new colors to homes and special events with colorful compositions, such as the simple-pleasures basket, a multichromatic creation blooming out of a whitewashed wicker basket ($39.99), and the cube with yellow blooms, an arrangement of bright-yellow alstroemeria, carnations, and chrysanthemums in a square glass vase ($36.50).
The Flaming Ice Cube might as well be a good vibes factory. Part cafe, gift shop, and yarn shop, visitors can stop in for a veggie burger, knitting lesson, or soy candle. At the cafe, chefs craft homemade vegan plates from a menu that includes a BBQ chick'n sandwich and brown rice bowls layered with asian vegetables, marinated organic tempeh, and the cafe's signature plum sauce. Meanwhile, instructors get needles moving at knitting classes, during which participants learn knitting basics or more advanced techniques for creating hats, scarves, and impractical bikinis.
From first sip to final swallow, Abruzzo's bottles all things vino and malted barley and hops into one convenient location, including bottling supplies and at-home wine- and beer-making equipment. Guzzlers can build a twisting tapestry of bitter tastes with the Brewer’s Best equipment kit (a $67.38 value), which includes every tool necessary for concocting barley imbibables––including a home beer-making book and a 6.5-gallon fermenter, perfect for filling party goblets and 6.5-gallon stomachs. Each kit also includes a beer ingredient pack in one of seven flavors (starting at $29.70), including Brewer’s Best American cream ale, American light, English brown ale, English bitter, Scottish ale, Irish red ale, or Bavarian kölsch.
Family owned and operated for 30 years, Frame Center provides decorative and museum-quality framing services for original artwork, prints, and other memorabilia. With roughly 2,000 frames and hundreds of mats to choose from, mounted and framed pictures under glass start at $29.95 for an 11" x 14" frame, $45.95 for 16" x 20", $69.95 for 24" x 36", and $74.95 for 32" x 40". Prices can increase if you opt for higher-quality wood frames, which many customers choose to enhance velvet portraits of Courtney Love unearthed from the basement of the Louvre. Available mats range from paper and museum-grade conservation material to hand-wrapped fabrics. Frame Center's experienced staff also frames shadowboxed objects, photo portraits, and diplomas ($100+), as well as needlepoint or cross-stitch pieces ($70+). Although you can always nail art projects onto a refrigerator door, a wall display offers a longer-lasting opportunity to display your children's illustrations ($24.95+) of Hannah Montana clones playing poker.