Main Street Music offers a highly concentrated music shopping experience inside a small storefront, stocking new and used LPs and CDs, along with a handful of used DVDs and 33s. This is the kind of place where a poster for the latest Fleet Foxes release hangs near original display items from the Beatles’ Help! album, and the workers’ down-to-earth approach is exemplified by staff recommendations titled “Stuff that we think don’t suck.” Most used CDs can be gotten for $6 or $7, and a section of used LPs will put you back $4 for one or three for $10. Special live in-store performances get the place packed to the rafters, and audience members might be treated to free pizza for the occasion.
Bernard Katz Glass Studio and Gallery a hidden gem in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia PA. From designated viewing areas, you will see the process of creating unique and stunning works using hot blown glass and cold glass construction. View and purchase Katz's glass sculptures, vase, tumblers in the gallery.
The sleek, glossy Pathfinders Travel magazine focuses on the interests of active, affluent African Americans by offering travel tips, in-depth information on cultural events, and more. Published quarterly, the magazine informs its readers of U.S. and international destinations, such as the Caribbean islands, South Africa, and more, as well as articles that provide exciting spots to put on anyone's to-see list, including the Ten Black History Sites for Every American. Subscribers learn money-saving tips, such as how to rent a luxury villa for less than a hotel room, or when to hit the currency exchange to trade American dollars for British bags of Colin Firth's hair. In addition, avid readers get the scoop on some of the best African-American inns and spas, as well as advice on how to travel safely in the winter or how to smartly prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime summer vacation. Through detailed features on cuisines and wines of the world, foodies and fledgling sommeliers can find pages of excuses for indulging their passions, and outdoorsy readers can discover desirable destinations for skiing, golfing, sailing, and more.
Children crawl, climb, and careen through The Little Treehouse's sprawling wonderland, pausing only to dine with their parents at a café that Main Line Today named one of 2011's Best Restaurants for Kids. Socked feet scale sophisticated play structures and scream sonnets into pillow piles under colorful mobiles while high-quality wooden toys sow new synapses. Guests can stretch imaginations and limbs during yoga and movement classes, somersault through tumbling classes for different age groups, and schmooze with peers during seasonal and private events. Between romping sessions, tots can don bibs for a helping of organic, sugar-free applesauce at the café, where parents sip fair-trade coffee whilst navigating free WiFi and reminiscing about the steam-powered web browsers of their youth. The kitchen is open for lunch every day and for dinner Wednesday–Sunday, filling a wholesome menu with pasta, paninis, and brick-oven pizzas wrought with whole-wheat dough and local ingredients whenever possible. In clement conditions, adults can bring a bottle of wine to the outdoor terrace to watch their children play with bubbles and write chalk prescriptions for cootie remedies.
The motto at this corner toy store on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill is “unplugged fun.” The idea inside is to get little ones away from their game consoles and television screens long enough to enjoy and embrace their creative side. That’s why O’doodles’ keeps a well-curated selection of kid-friendly options inside their uncluttered space, ranging from beginner musical instruments to drawing supplies and stamp sets. Every shelf and display case seems to hold something more clever and fun than the last, including chemistry kits, ant farms and jewelry-making pieces, mostly from the Melissa & Doug line of creativity-centric toys. Stuffed animals and simple dolls are at a minimum at O’doodles, because your child is undoubtedly more creative than that.
For more than four decades, Merion Art & Repro Center has supplied artists, engineers, architects, and other professionals with the building blocks of creativity. One needs only to look down an aisle for inspiration. In one area lie hundreds of paints and canvases ready to be transformed into watercolor masterpieces. In another, clay waits patiently for the right sculptor to come along and mold it into its true form: an even bigger ball of clay.
Beyond art supplies, Merion encompasses a fully equipped copy shop and a custom-framing center. Here, expert framers help clients select from thousands of frame and mat styles, honing in on the perfect design to preserve photos or parking tickets autographed by the best traffic cop in town.