The walls of Rage Grafix's show room sport a rainbow of sweatshirts, T-shirts, and hats lines, each proudly displaying the emblems of local high schools and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The bevy of memorabilia and casual apparel—available in sizes from infant to 6XL adult to XS klingon—flaunts the university's iconic black-and-gold color scheme alongside logos of area school teams, including the City High Little Hawks, the West High Trojans, the Solon Spartans, and the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers. Staffers also man an onsite screenprinting-and-embroidery facility, where they forge custom signs, business cards, and clothing for clubs and events such as bar crawls, tailgating, and pickup games of duck, duck, goose.
The Depot Express delights hungering tongue buds with a smorgasbord of specialty pies, as well as a slew of toppings for persnickety pizza patrons to create their own. The menu boasts belly-please combinations, such as the omelette breakfast pizza, adorned with egg, green pepper, onion, mushroom, canadian bacon, and the lactic duo of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses (12" for $12.99), and the supreme pizza, blanketed with beef, sausage, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, black olive, and green pepper (14" for $14.99). The barbecue-sauce-slathered cowboy ranch variety loads on the meat ($16" for $16.99), while the taco pie dons a disguise of refried beans, ground beef, and piñata-shaped tortilla chips to hide from pizza-centric crime syndicates (12" for $12.99). Dough-based artists can create a meal masterpiece with traditional toppers, as well as more exotic trappings, such as fajita chicken, pickles, and sauerkraut ($10.99+). Individual pizza slices are perfect for light snacking before deep-space diving expeditions ($1.98).
Azul World Treasures drapes necks and wrists with gleaming semiprecious stones, fills cupped palms with geodes and fossils, and entertains children with educational archaeology kits. Wristlets ($7.50–$14.95) of smooth, buttery Costa Rican wood make wearers' forearms look as smooth and elegant as a dolphin at a royal ball, and Azul creations with beaded details ($19–$293) bewitch lobes, necks, and arms alike. Azul’s gem-chip necklaces come in a full rainbow of stones, from eggplant-purple amethyst to the pale-pink-and-green unakite ($4.95–$12.50). Polished minerals, such as chunks of quartz crystal ($1) and iridescent peacock ore ($1.55), cascade throughout the emporium, wending through pyramids of Iowan geodes ($2–$25). Meanwhile, Dig it Out! Kits ($4.95–$24.95) let young ones excavate, paint, and name dinosaur skeletons with scientific monikers such as "Tyrannosaurus Rex" or "Robocop," and soapstone boxes ($4.95–34.95) provide storage for the bones.
After enjoying an offering of fresh-brewed dutch coffee and complimentary cookies, patrons can cozy up to the Jewelry by Harold design counter, where a skilled silver guru crafts custom adornments and navigates eyes toward a variety of ready-made creations. Impress carnie game operators by tossing a polished silver ring around your pal’s outstretched pinky finger, watching as a large pink semiprecious stone sparkles midair ($59). Ears can be accessorized with a pair of matching spherical silver earrings ($49), and necks can be decorated with an elegant string of transparent green beads ($39). Groupon holders who opt for a custom embellishment will have a hand in its creation, leading to a sense of accomplishment rivaling that of a financially successful mime.
The inside of Itsy Bitsy Boutique looks like every pregnant mother's dream baby shower. Shelves are littered with handmade and boutique items, from handmade baby shoes to onesies emblazoned with Hawkeye logos. Local crafters even create some of their baby apparel, such as their flowery headbands, bibs, and blankets.
For 30 years, Tanger has been a reliable operator of outlet malls that provide bargain beseechers with a host of brand-name, high-quality, and designer-label shopping opportunities. By purchasing wares straight from their makers, Tanger's more than 160 million annual shoppers enjoy access to an ample selection of in-season apparel, shoes, and eats at up to 70 percent off the original retail value, all of which are devoid of the defects found in goods purchased off of the neighbor's backyard clothesline. The Williamsburg outlets are home to trusted name brands such as Aeropostale, Banana Republic Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Loft Outlet, Gap Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, and other amiable establishments. Consult the directory for a complete list of shops at the Williamsburg location.