With a diverse assemblage of gently used phones and replacement parts for major carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular, Ideal Wireless indulges the connective needs of even the most garrulous cellular connoisseurs. A fluctuating stock of modern and reliable phones serves as ammo for the cellular cupids at Ideal Wireless to unite your wistful ear with its long-lost wireless soul mate. Customers can trade in last decade’s walkie-talkie or brick-shaped behemoth for sleek models such as the MP3-playing Samsung Twostep ($85) or the LG Bliss ($110), which lives up to its name with an heavenly LCD touch screen and high-resolution camera. Smartphones from powerhouse brands such as Blackberry and Apple start as low as $110.
The locally owned Annie's Gifts & Home offers a hodgepodge of holiday wares and party gifts, ranging from gourmet foods, trinkets for recent stork deliveries, jewelry, home fragrances, and more. Adventure to Annie's before your next big bash so that guests can munch over flower-decorated plates produced by Peggy Karr Glass (starting at $21.95 per piece), or enliven your abode with a handpicked medley of floral items (starting at $19.95). Customers can bedeck drab collarbones by creating a customizable Magnabilities necklace, featuring magnetic pop inserts ($3.95), square or heart-shaped pendants ($15.95), and silk cords ($5.95). Annie's friendly staff will be happy to gift-wrap your chic accessory or garden garnish free of charge.
Melanie Aitken handcrafts small batches of truffles, brittle, and other dainties with expertise honed over 30 years as an acclaimed confectioner for parties and weddings. Clusters of cashews and caramel emulate turtles as they are dipped by hand into white- and milk-chocolate shells, and fragrant almonds flavor traditional dutch bonquet pastries, re-created based on a recipe from Melanie's grandmother. Lava-salted caramel strains to encase magmatic caramel drops within a sill of milk or white chocolate, and a sprinkling of black-lava salt hints at the eruption of flavor contained within. Melanie’s Country Confections delivers locally, and an online storefront facilitates orders throughout the country.
Serving the aesthetic preferences of stylish women, Inspirations Handbags, Accessories and Gifts stocks a colorful assortment of designer and designer-inspired purses, jewelry, shoes, straps, hats, and more. The Nicole Lee–designed Iliena purse protects spare change, lipsticks, and emergency back-up purses in style with ruffled dotted-tulle panels, fabric rosettes, and sparkling gem accents ($55.99). Bind loose keys together with a Nicole Lee keychain ($8.50), or slide a jingling coin purse ($5–$8.50) into the satiny brown lining of a designer-inspired brown faux-fur satchel with alligator trim ($45). Designer-inspired sunglasses ($10 each, $15 for two) stylishly shield eyes from the bright sun and pair nicely with a trench coat and a fedora when traveling incognito.
At Ashiko Couture Boutique, a trip into the dressing room is all it takes to discover Hollywood-caliber style. That's because the boutique's owner keeps the shop stocked with celebrity-inspired apparel in sizes ranging from S to 3XL. The women's section features on-trend pieces such as sheer split tops and midriff-baring two-piece ensembles, and the men's side offers trendy t-shirts and polos. Ashiko's buyers also seek out sales and travel back in time to track down upscale consignment pieces by designers such as Christian Louboutin.
Aristotle's Corner offers people a stress-free place to relax at desks or on a couch, listen to music, read a book, or just think. They can also browse its collection of new and used books, LPs, CDs, and DVDs?most of which are priced at less than $4. Besides these items are various antiques and collectibles, including vintage radios and fine jewelry. Aristotle's Corner is open from 10 a.m.?8 p.m. Monday?Saturday.