Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has stocked shelves with multitudes of tools and supplies and helped artists show off finished work with custom framing. The comprehensive inventory fulfills artists’ every need, featuring everything from acid-free blank stretched canvases to Lukas oil colors, which have been transmitting images to paper since 1862. Although prices vary depending on matting and glass choices, a custom frame can protect and showcase a diploma, favorite 8”x10,” or beloved box of cereal.
Cellar Stories has been collecting tomes, titles, and vintage collectables for more than 26 years and is currently stocked with more than 70,000 books. Newer titles peacefully co-exist with gently used books in Cellar Stories' paper paradise, including leather-bound classics such as The Sound and the Fury ($20), pulp paperbacks such as Dangerous Trade ($27), and kitschy collector’s items such as a signed copy of Blackstone's Secrets of Magic ($500). In addition to an impressive collection of modern first editions, the knowledgeable staff can point you to a notable selection of art history, architecture, poetry, children's books, and autobiographies written by famous postmaster generals.
Symposium Books's used volumes surround visitors with the aromas of beloved pages, and a trove of new books elicits scintillating discussions. Recent fiction releases such as Jim Harrison's Returning to Earth, a bittersweet memoir, transport readers to faraway lands and fresh sentiments, and art books including Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol ($27.98) array glossy spreads of eye candy and showcase the solidness of homemade coffee tables. Academic tomes, children’s titles, and graphic novels by local and international artists also parade across brimming shelves, where literary joy waits between pages like a fugitive paper doll.
European friends Pernilla Frazier and Line Daems founded Kreatelier in 2007. Since then, solid local press has helped bring crafters from around the area into the shop. Its quaint quarters feature a diverse collection of product designs including bags, quilts, reusable gift wraps, and various accessories, all enhanced by crafty workshops that educate interested art architects. Rampant pencil collections can be put to rest with large cotton pencil cases ($18), which are washable, rollable, and feature 11 pockets, while manicure and pedicure cases ($15) help keep tools and other grooming paraphernalia from escaping. Keep rebellious flocks of hair at bay with a brightly colored headband ($8), elegantly wrap bottles of precious fermented fruits inside wine bags ($10), or organize a messy back seat with the car-seat organizer ($40), which withstands abuse and the effects of time travel.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys?which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas?contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. Along with an impressive catalogue of thousands of adult toys and accessories, they offer officially licensed Fifty Shades of Grey products. They stock female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. In addition to their erotic accessories, Amazing Intimate Essentials stocks tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigs, and vaporizers. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Bodega Malasana, located in Providence, RI, offers a laid-back atmosphere and some fairly unique snack foods like smoky blue cheese and tapas, along with a wide array of wonderful wines and beers. The Latin-inspired wine bar serves wine by-the-glass at very reasonable rates. It’s the type of place that’s perfect to bring a date or gather with friends and just relax and enjoy nibbling on the delicious snack foods while enjoying a favorite beverage. The owners, Diego Luis Perez and Siobhan Chavarria have designed a place that’s eclectic and yet fun to spend some time with friends. They have purposely kept prices low instead of charging the exorbitant amounts of many popular wine bars. You can enjoy a draft beer for just $3 a glass or a house wine for just $4. Snacks run around $5 each or a plate of 3 for $14. Many of their customers are regulars who come often just to unwind from a stressful day’s work.