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.
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.
A slow browse of Bookhaven’s massive stock might lead you to believe the 26-year-old store has a used copy of just about every book you’ve ever heard about. The actual count is more like 100,000 tomes, according to co-owner Ricci Andeer, though with two floors, seven rooms and a lined hallway, it’s sure to be an imprecise figure. While the curious can pick through neat and tidy rows of literary fiction, history, philosophy and art books, handwritten signs point to more specified interests, like gardening, chess and travel. This sunny-up-front, dark-and-inviting-in-the-back storefront is nothing short of a book-lover’s dream, a place that feels quirky and knowledgeable, without being stuffy. And, with one shelf labeled simply “dinosaurs / insects”, it’s a place that certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Boston Magazine is no stranger to great food. For more than 40 years, the publication has covered everything to know about the city—including where to get the best meals. Yet despite their photographers' talents, no amount of barbecue sauce will make a picture taste like the real thing. Enter the magazine's annual event, The Cookout: a two-night culinary extravaganza that brings in some of the area's best chefs.
Night one, The Cue, fills the venue floor with aromas of ribs, pulled pork, and other barbecue favorites—not to mention other summer favorites such as corn on the cob. And drinks? That's also an area for competition, as 10 top mixologists pour their signature cocktails. Night two shifts to a different, equally delicious focus. The annual Battle of the Burger returns, and competitors—clad in their sesame-seed bun armor—come from 20 of the city's best restaurants, which were selected via online voting.
And though top chefs flock to the event, The Cookout is still primarily a celebration for the public. Tickets grant unlimited food and drink, along with the chance to meet chefs and listen to live music.