From T-ballers to the big leagues, All Out Baseball has armed ballplayers with the necessary tools for diamond dominance since swinging open its doors in 1999. Inside two Bay-area locations, top brands including Rawlings, Wilson, and Nike anchor all-star lineups of gear dedicated solely to baseball and fast-pitch softball. Wooden and aluminum bats lie neatly across wall hooks, MLB apparel sways from team-organized racks, and, nestled within individual display cases, the latest gloves pine for approval, like puppies or adoptable umpires in a pet-shop window. As visitors scurry across each shop's grass-green floors, knowledgeable staff members stand by to toss advice and tips into the strike zones of open ears.
After buying the Exclamation Point's original location in Saratoga, owner Melanie Vancil moved the studio to Santa Clara, expanding the workshop's inventory of needlepoint and cross-stitch manuals, crochet threads, buttons, and hand-painted canvases. Needlepoint, originally developed in the 16th century to create beautiful cloth tapestries without bulky looms or expensive trained spiders, draws from a proud tradition of craftsmanship, decorating household objects such as pillows, chair backs, and rugs with patterns and pictures of colorful fiber. Students of all ages learn to master this ancient form of art, as well as machine sewing and crocheting, in fun, informative classes, creating beautiful fabric keepsakes of their very own.
Both Ibiss locations are friendly, simple storefronts with whitewashed walls that allow the vibrant palette of clothes and accessories to pop like a paint-filled balloon. For those who enjoy the latest dresses, outerwear, and accessories, and savor the soft drape of a skirt or the telltale glint of a wrist-bauble, Ibiss provides a heaping treasure trove of affordable delights. Garment prices are under $100, and more often than not, form an irregular bell skewed toward the low end, similar to the ACT scores of howler monkeys. Tops range from $20 to $49, and jackets from $38 to $78. Dresses ($28–$78) cover the stylish gamut from full-length sequin affairs for peacocking at prom, to trendy daywear and demure church-going duds. Brands such as Kersh, Collective Concepts, BLANK denim, Audrey 3+1, and Minuet line the walls, while handmade jewelry ($5–$48) is draped alongside sandals, handbags, and other accessories. Take a look at Ibiss trends, including upcoming Parisian vintage finds, on Ibiss' Facebook page.
Knitting as a hobby is older than agriculture and twice as delicious. Bobbin's Nest offers all the supplies a knitter's tightly purled heart could possibly desire, as well as sewing, crochet, and embroidery supplies for crafting across the craft board. Skeins of yarn run on average between $10 and $15, whereas a yard of fabric generally goes for $8 to $10. If you need some help creating an inverted afghan or hangin' scarf, craft books are available in spades, running in cost from $14.95 to $21.95. This nest of bobbins contains a large arsenal of boutique-dyed yarn, modern fabrics, independent patterns, unusual embroidery supplies, craft books, and creative classes.
Since 1962, locals have stopped by Citti's Florist to procure fresh bundles of vibrant blooms for special events and everyday serotonin infusions. Crowned with the title of Best Florist over ten years by the San Jose Mercury News, the flower shop continues its decades-long tradition of friendly service in three fragrant shops. At each location, staffers transform seasonal stems into vivid bouquets, centerpieces, and wreaths. Both in-store shopping and delivery are available, including same-day local delivery services.
For those in search of a risqué Halloween costume, finding the proper balance is an art; it must be authentic enough to evoke the assigned character or era while still retaining modern trademarks of sensuality. For more than 25 years, designer Pierre Silber has pursued this balance through his collection of costume-wear, shoes, and accessories. In his brick-and-mortar location, he stocks more than 1,000 costumes to grace the feminine form and accessorizes them with wigs, stockings, and high heels. Potential purchasers try outfits on in one of the 20 fitting rooms to ensure the proper fit without running the risk of being mistaken for an actual sexy tiger.