Underneath the stately stained-glass dome of the 1910 Old County Courthouse, tourists, locals, and history buffs stuff their brains with knowledge from interactive kiosks and thousands of books and primary sources about San Mateo County. Hands-on school programs and a wealth of exhibits educate visitors on particular aspects of the region's heritage, including the natural resources that enrich the shores and forests, and the waves of pioneers who used local raw materials to support the growth of not only San Mateo County, but San Francisco as well. The museum?s curators and archivists pride themselves on their professionalism, nabbing a coveted accreditation by the American Association of Museums, an honor claimed by only a small percentage of the nation?s museums and none of the nation?s dry cleaners.
Mother-daughter team Saloni and Sudha started Nine Rubies Knitting to provide crafty customers with high-quality knitting supplies and patterns. The shop supplies knitters with everything they need to complete a project from beginning to end. Customers can pick out a pattern for a poncho, a bag, or even a baby toy, then browse the shop's selection of needles, crochet hooks, and looms. Once they have all their tools, crafters can choose their yarn from a huge selection that features more than 20 brands. But if their skills aren't quite yet up to par, customers can sign up for a basic knitting, crocheting, or weaving class offered in-store. More advanced students can opt for a class such as the custom fit workshop, where they'll learn how to create their own clothing patterns.
When Kit Morse took a sewing class in high school, she was certain never would again?she hated everything about sewing, especially the sewing part. But when her near-and-dear baby blanket needed mending, Morse took up a needle and thread. When she started making something beautiful to be proud of, she saw the art form in a whole new light, and fell in love with the hobby's meditative nature.
Morse opened Always Quilting & Sewing Center to create a sanctuary for people who shared a love of the craft?where they could take classes, share wisdom, and stock up on necessary tools. The vast inventory includes everything from batik fabrics to thimbles and even completed quilts.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Adult Megastores' selection of adult novelties gives customers a number of ways to infuse new energy into their love lives. Throughout their [28 locations in California and Hawaii which operate under such names as Secrets, Lingerie Etc, and Not Too Naughty—shoppers can find a variety of personal massagers, lingerie, and romance items. Adult DVDs provide visual ways to spice up romantic evenings, and massage oils turn back massages into sensual experiences and driveways into surprise slip 'n' slides.