Creators Gil and Jonathan collaborate to design timepieces that blend modern style with the classic glamour of their native Italy. The unisex pieces, featured in the June 2010 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, are silicone structures with features including water resistance—in case of accidental submersion in teriyaki sauce—ergonomically shaped flat backs, anti-perspiration slits, and ionic Tourmaline, which sustains serenity, vitality, and mood. Pixelmoda houses three watch collections: the Classic ($20), the Ops! ($30), and the Wit ($25). Lightweight Classic wrist-clock hues range from grapefruit to bubblegum to mint and are available in three sizes. The Ops! collection—one-size-fits-all neon tickers—can deck an arm in 15 colors, such as mojito and caipiroska, a retina-rocking shade of pink. The Wit watches, which are only available in stores, have artistic and attention-grabbing designs, such as President Obama, a teddy bear, and a baby crawling into an open manhole.
Haven Art provides a blend of personalized instruction and open studio time, helping students young and old hone their skills in everything from pottery and stained glass to painting and drawing. Inside its 5,000-square-foot warehouse, the company conducts business among a collection of other studios, and an open floor plan enables creativity to flow freely on waves of inspiration or imaginary lava. For extra doses of motivation, visitors can step inside Haven Art's onsite gallery, which houses handmade pottery and jewelry crafted by local artists.
Founded in 1950 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Giuseppe’s Custom Clothiers recently crossed the Atlantic to outfit New York's dapper set in handmade shirts and suits. A skilled tailor will help clients choose from 2,000 cotton fabrics, take precise measurements, and dispel the misconception that gussets are a French dessert. Precisely fitted and finely fabricated Yorkshire dress shirts flatter the figure and flaunt chosen accents such as cuff, collar, and button-hole color, and the St. George European-style dress shirt complements forms with a sleek cut. Personal monograms can embellish each item of clothing, providing a classy finish and putting an end to strangers calling you Ralph Lauren. Shirts are typically finished within 4–6 weeks, and customers may pick up their garments at the store to ensure a perfect fit, or delivery can be arranged for an additional fee.
The friendly staff of Postersigns.com supplies businesses and individuals with an array of printing options, each executed with a professional gloss. Customers can commemorate cocktail-napkin doodles on heavyweight matte paper ($5.50/sq. ft.), or professionally mount any masterpiece on half-inch wood ($8/sq. ft.) or transfer a work of art-to-canvas ($8/sq. ft.). Glossy vinyl banners ($5.50/sq. ft.) can help parents welcome home prodigal sons or announce evictions of middle-aged ones, and cherished photos can find immortality with either photo gloss or matte ($12.87 for 17” x 22” heavyweight white paper). Keepsake seekers can laminate any worthy achievements ($3–$5.50/sq. ft. for various lamination types), and businesses and charities can get the word out with custom car magnets ($13.20) and striking yard signs ($28 for 18” x 24”) that are easily customized to attract homebuyers. Enhance holiday gift-giving by enlisting Postersigns.com to print custom reams of wrapping paper ($5/sq. ft.) to enshroud personalized gifts, such as monogramed bathrobes or insult-slinging siblings.
A streamlined beauty bazaar with fresh white walls and backlit apothecary shelves, Plumm Shoppe takes pride in pampering passerby persons through upscale beauty products, fragrances, and salon services. Men and women alike can appreciate bristle and blemish busting products from name brands including Art of Shaving (shaving cream: $22), Mario Badescu (drying lotion: $17), and Mason Pearson (boar bristle travel brush: $90). For faces in need of deeper dermal detailing, Plumm Shoppe offers makeovers ($75 for 40 minutes), eyebrow shapings ($25), and eyelash applications ($25), plus a bevy of signature facials infused with products from Cle de Peau ($150), Darphin ($125) and RéVive ($85).
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).