Every Saturday, wine is free at Elegant Wine & Liquors. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the shop holds a complimentary tasting. Here, the resident sommeliers welcome patrons to sample wines from Italy, New Zealand, and France, as well as domestic vintages from California vineyards. High-caliber spirits from Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Tanqueray also line the densely occupied shelves, reflecting the refined palate of the shop’s owner, Stefanie, who has spent more than a decade in the beer and wine industry. She shows her savvy not only through the eclectic and sprawling selection, but also through customer-oriented touches such as free gift wrapping, a more aesthetic alternative to ensconcing gift wine bottles in slightly bigger wine bottles.
For 22 years, Richmond Music Center has provided the Staten Island community with an outlet for lessons, equipment, and services for musicians of all ages. Instructors with master’s degrees and professional careers lend their experience to new students and artists looking to improve, covering a wide variety of instruments for garage bands, school ensembles, and electric light orchestras. The center also believes in and practices the healing properties of music via music-therapy lessons for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. A large collection of instruments, sheet music, and other necessities are available in the center’s shop, as well as repair and tuning services.
Payless Car Sales features a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles from domestic and foreign manufacturers. Each car on the lot or inside the showroom comes with a 127-point inspection and free vehicle-history report, which can tell you if your car ever drove through a wall or dabbled in diesel oil. Technicians are also on hand in the service department for oil changes, tire rotations, and other services that keep cars running smoothly.
The Halloween Warehouse's immense collection of Halloween costumes and accessories covers a full range of identity-altering raiments. Adult costumes for men and women take forms both classically scary and unconventionally creative. Pay homage to your hippie forefathers with a patchwork shirt and pair of bell-bottoms ($16.99 each), or go incognito with a Where’s Waldo women’s disguise ($33.99). Fiendishly adorable kids' costumes can have your munchkins masquerading as tiny pumpkins ($19.99) or charmingly elegant witches ($24.99). To avoid embarrassing incidents involving ill-fitting broomsticks, costume fanatics are allowed to try on their selections in the store.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($219) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. A Cubit ottoman set ($198) comes paired for two potential sets of weary feet. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as ComforPedic and Simmons.