A locally owned business nestled within Meadowood Mall, Games Galore maintains a robust harvest of party games, jigsaw puzzles, card and board games. From family favorites, such as Apples to Apples and Uno, to classic challenges, such as Monopoly and Rubik’s Cube, the shop keeps its shelves stocked for a wide spectrum of interests. It also is open seven days per week, and a helpful staff stands by to answer any questions.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
For more than two decades, the staff at Beads Etc. has been supplying locals with the knowledge, materials, and accessories to design and create their own jewelry. Along the walls, ropes of sparkling beads and crystals hang in a rainbow of colors and textures, while nylon thread is available in a variety of hues for stringing beads into necklaces, bracelets, or the latest in fashion?doggie anklets. During classes, instructors teach pupils tips and tricks for designing and bringing their custom ideas to fruition.