Taking control of a pirate ship can make you work up a mighty appetite. Luckily, there's a wooden kitchen. At E2 Toys2Try, LLC there are plenty of eco-friendly, lead-free toys and play stations to gallop to and from. The space abounds with baubles that run only on imaginations instead of batteries or vengeful, displaced souls. Along with the pirate ship there's a pedal truck, wooden kitchen, and indoor castle clubhouse. The playground's team stretches kids' imaginations further by engaging them in arts activities, which parents can watch from the cozy confines of a lounge replete with complimentary coffee and free WiFi. Upstairs, staffers stock a boutique toy shop's shelves with wooden and nonmechanized playthings from brands such as Bruder, Haba Toys, and PlanToys.
Fabulous Cookies' iced pound cake, Pittsburgh Popcorn Company's chocolate-caramel popcorn, and George Howe Co.'s jumbo cashews nearly spill over a colorful rendering of The Incline. The Steel Town icon graces the outside of the Birthday from the Burgh basket, a signature Basket of Pittsburgh item packed solely with goods from local vendors. In fact, 'Burgh-born contents are the common thread through all of the company's gift baskets, whether the basket's theme is Steelers Mania, romance, or new baby.
At Cell Phones and More, clients browse phones and accessories from carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Boost, Cricket, and Virgin Mobile. Onsite technicians can reignite the healthy glow of a damaged smartphone screen or rekindle connections between computers and the Internet. Staffers can unlock phones, allowing devices to switch carriers without losing functionality or running away from home in search of their old signals. The shop also buys gently used cell phones and dishes out servings of prepaid minutes.
Stamp Fanci slings rubber stamps and their necessary accessories to help beautify an envelope or make nearly any object instantly official. Thousands of stamp varieties ($2–$13) meet various inked needs, such as quickly dating handwritten letters or demonstrating approval of a child's significant other. A large selection of 8.5"x11" and 12"x12" paper ($0.30–$0.75) awaits writers and illustrators and inks ($4.50–$9) come in myriad colors and styles. Die-cutting machines ($80–$200) help creatives cut anything from paper to sheet metal. Like most high schools and kitchen cabinets, Stamp Fanci is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
The professional spoke-spinners at Trek of Pittsburgh have access to a stock of brand-name bikes and are well equipped to deck out cycles of all shapes and sizes in the latest gear. With a laser-guided bike-fitting pod, matching velocipedes to velocipedalers is scientifically simplified. Those who are already becycled will find a sloshing CamelBak of biking accouterments at Trek, including actual CamelBaks ($74.99), a Pearl Izumi camisole ($45), and effervescent headlights ($29.99).