For more than 35 years, Knit and Stitch has fueled the creation of woolly masterpieces with a stock of more than 30 brands of yarn and 4,000 cross-stitch patterns, fibers, specialty threads, and accessories. Thimble-thumbed patrons can knit sweaters, tea cozies, and actual tea reproductions with yarn skeins from Plymouth Jeanne ($3.95), Universal Uptown ($4.99), and Kertzer Marble Chunky ($13.95). Fiber and specialty threads intertwine on hand-painted and blank cross-stitch canvases ($4–$20) to craft embroidered effigies. More than 600 titles of counted thread leaflets and charts are available to guide crafters through cross-stitch projects, just as a beloved family recipe guides confused grandchildren into ominous shops full of herbs and potions. Customers can select their weapons of choice from a selection of embroidery hoops, Gingher scissors, and needles from Anchor, John James, and Piecemaker.
It has been said that smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, which explains why visitors to Scentchips Cocoa Village often linger in nostalgic reverie over the store’s 64 varieties of wickless candle chips. The possibilities don’t stop at these elemental aromas, as each can be blended with up to three others to create more than 30,000 unique scent combinations. Carved into the shapes of leaves and flowers, the chips simmer in warmers that diffuse their scents throughout the rooms of your home, masking pet odors and the smell of fear that emanates from under your child’s bed.
The Quilt Place's 8,000-square-foot quilting emporium lures stitchers of all skill levels with more than 10,000 bolts of fabric and a wide variety of patterns, books, and kits. Pick up quilting accessories and fabrics from name-brand designers, including Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Benartex, and RJR. The 45 mm rotary cutter ($29.95) slices through fabrics like Edward Scissorhands during a vivid nightmare. To add a patch of decadence to cloth-bound projects, the Michael Miller brick print ($9.25/yd.) features classic red-brick patterns, and the Wilmington Delicate Romance ($10.50/yd.) boasts muted floral roses and butterflies, which can double as an invisibility cloak during spring camping trips.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 locations.
Much like its products, Phantom’s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it’s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom’s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
James Stadler grew up in Maryland, going to school during the week and working in local seafood eateries on evenings and weekends. One summer, more than 40 years ago, he took a spring break vacation with school mates to Cocoa Beach, and immediately decided it was the place for him to be. It took him a few decades to make his way down, mostly because of traffic in Atlanta. But when he arrived, James set about opening his very own restaurant by the sea. He called his diner Paradise Cove, and in it he combined the Northeastern seafood he so loved with steaks, sandwiches, and a bit of Floridian flavor.
James curates an extensive menu, from which he particularly recommends the Maryland-style crab cakes, a specialty of his that he learned to make in his youth. Of course, he makes many dishes that incorporate more local, tropical flavors, such as the jumbo shrimp grilled on sugar cane skewers. Whatever his guests have a hankering for, he ensures that their appetite for live entertainment is satisfied with nightly events, including karaoke and performances by local musician Brian Blatz with the nearby ocean on percussion.