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.
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. They staff 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. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
Lisa Baker of Baker's Baskets and Flowers helps clients reach out to loved ones via generous baskets of seasonal fruit and beautiful flowers. Her colorful shop runneth over with aromatic Yankee Candle products, greeting cards, custom gift baskets, and potted plants, and beautiful arrangements of roses, daisies, and orchids express a range of emotions including joy, sympathy, and unbearable ennui caused by a lack of flowers.
Featuring an artsy potpourri of rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies, tools, and more, Bella ART provides art enthusiasts and creativity cravers with numerous resources. Creative customers can embark on a stamping spree with scooters ($6.75), matadors ($8.25), and bakery shops ($7.25), or provide an image of their own to customize a stamp (prices start at $7 for a 1/2” x 1 1/2” stamp and increase with size). Six yards of checkered ribbons in purple/lime and sage/taupe rolls ($4.50) can decorate a score of greeting cards or fashionably fasten burgers to their accompanying buns, and scrapbookers can collect five-colored felt sheets ($6.25) and acid-free, handcrafted cotton décor canvas ($5.95) to use for documenting a memorable family vacation or a baby’s first Revolutionary War reenactment.