For more than 55 years, the family-owned fungineers at U.S. Toy Company and its sister enterprise, Constructive Playthings, have peddled products that captivate the kinders while boosting their budding brainpower. A vast, colorful, and animated mélange mingles on its shelves, stocked with carnival supplies, novelty toys, dress-up items, animals, and inflatables, as well as an assortment of Constructive Playthings products, with some trinkets that can be had for as little as a penny apiece. Launch homesick bubbles back into orbit with the Big Bubble Set ($6.99). Celebrate the rugged advancement of childhood engineering with construction-themed party favors such as paper hats ($2.59 per dozen), a bulldozer piñata ($12.59), and maze puzzles ($5.95 per dozen). Or catch elusive appendages in foolproof finger traps ($1.59 per dozen). The expansive selection ensures all hominids will be engaged, whether they're young children, nostalgic former children, or childish former cast members of All My Children.
A nickel might not buy what it used to, but that doesn’t stop the folks at We B Nuts and Stuff from trying to recapture the charm of the golden age of candy stores. They satiate sweet teeth with an array of treats such as locally made chocolates, nuts and toffees, and dried fruit harvested from trees that were meticulously never watered. The team sells its confections individually or artfully assembled in gift baskets.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
In addition to a wide array of crafting supplies, Harper's Fabric & Quilt Company offers fun-filled classes that impart all manner of needlecraft fundamentals. Needle-and-thread beginners will work their way through a series of three classes before emerging triumphantly with a completed project in tow. An introductory sewing class spans 2.5 hours, during which the experienced seamstresses furnish students with the basics necessary to sew simple projects and quilts made of Microsoft stock on their own. After the introductory class, needle-wielding students can then sign up for a series of two project classes, unleashing their newfound chops on either a skirt or a tote bag. Spread out across several weeks, the classes are scheduled at various times on weekdays and weekends, allowing for plenty of between-class downtime for practice at home and so fingers can fully digest the delicious cornucopia of techniques.
Yarn Shop and More unspools a snuggly superabundance of fine yarns alongside an array of knitting and crocheting supplies, notions, books, and a lineup of technique-based classes. Embark on woolly adventures in tutorials such as Knitting 101—Knit and Purl or Knitting 102—Oops–Knitting Disaster, which teach the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and repairing rookie mistakes with forgiving aplomb ($25 each). For hardy needle-wielders, private-session classes instill wisdom in realms such as the left-hand-focused Continental Knitting ($25) and Design Your Own Sweater ($30), where wool wearers can create their own pattern using Sweater Wizard software in place of an obsolete Rumpelstiltskin. Knitting students are required to bring their own supplies to all classes and may choose to cull them from the shop's well-stocked shelves of skeins that are arranged by color, weight, fiber, and zodiac sign.
Recipient of the prestigious Best Print Publication in Kansas City from Media Mix in 2009 and 2011, 435 South Magazine has kept its dedicated readership abreast of the latest news and events in suburban Johnson County for more than half a decade. Within its pristinely designed pages, 435 South Magazine thoroughly examines local schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, and editor-selected "best of" attractions through a hodgepodge of long-form narratives, reviews, and photo essays. In addition to a new iPad edition of the print publication, 435 South Magazine uploads a constant stream of content onto its website and frequently updates its monthly calendar of recommended outings and phone-a-thons benefiting shelters for pet rocks.