Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The logo for the International Cryptozoology Museum is a coelacanth, one of the science's great success stories. Believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago, a specimen of the armored fish was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938 and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer despite its false mustache. In the optimistic spirit of that amazing discovery, the International Cryptozoology Museum displays exhibits profiling such mysterious creatures as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, along with lesser known beasties such as the Dover Demon, the Montauk Monster, and the Fiji Mermaid.
At each bowling center, balls hurtle down smooth, polished lanes as LCD screens keep track of scores and shimmering party lights illuminate the faces of determined bowlers. After lacing up some slide-enabling shoes and clearing the gutters of deciduous pins, bowlers set their sights on toppling 10-pin clusters. Carpets bedecked with psychedelic swirls lead to shelves stocked with neon-colored balls, which proffer their pin-busting talents to bowlers of various sizes. Fingers can warm up by mashing buttons in an arcade full of entrancing video games or bench-pressing french fries at the onsite grill and pub.
Art Mart sells art supplies for the student to the professional. We have pastels, all painting mediums, canvas, pads, brushes, clay, etc. We sell everything you will need to create brilliant works of art. We also have a full line of Melissa and Doug products for children.
Gerard Bianco, the chief jewelry designer at Porte 4, mines 40 years of experience to fashion precious metals and gems into pendants, rings, necklaces, and bracelets inspired by the nautical imagery of Maine's coastline. The 14 karat Maine anchor pendant ($229) can dangle deliciously from either a necklace or a bracelet, and the Grand banks sterling-silver yacht pin ($75), bearing the Yankee marina insignia on its back, authorizes wearers to take the wheel of any cruise ship with or without the captain's permission. A leopard-print travel jewelry box ($23) keeps rings, earrings, and necklaces neatly sequestered, and a compact mirror can be used to perform self-hypnosis in public places. Porte 4 cleans jewelry brought in by Groupon customers as a complimentary service, so tarnished silver, dull diamonds, and mozzarella-covered emeralds can return to pristine states.
Ms. Lulu's gently lit, soft red walls enclose a mélange of cozy kids' clothes, toys, accessories, and more. A soft, stuffed Angel Dear lovey gently nuzzles slumbering tots ($12), and a full-body lobster biberall from A Mom Who Knows prevents baby from being stained by drool, carrot purée, or octopus ink ($25). Baby shoes from Pediped ($30) and Petit Bateau onesies ($20+) swaddle infants in stylish comfort while protecting them from the judgmental eyes of fashion-critic teddy bears. In addition to national kids' brands, Ms. Lulu's also stocks its shelves with luxury skincare products and locally made tutus.