LA Bronze Ultra Luxe Tanning Studios service tanners on the go and provides a respite for those looking to relax. Inside stand-up booths, clients remain on their feet while up to 60 bulbs create a 360-degree tan. Clients may also choose to stand up for a twelve-minute session inside a warm capsule or choose a bronze hue to have misted on their skin and settling into a sun-kissed glow in three hours. Those looking to enhance their tans can purchase power lotions, bronzers, accelerators, and cooling lotions from the salon’s collection of tanning products.
Read Green Books is a used bookstore with an environmental agenda to save books, innocent trees, and the minds of bored readers in search of their next fulfilling page-turner. Bibliophiles can enjoy hardcover novels for $4.99 each or three for $12 at deeply discounted prices. If you've been known to crave a modicum of salacious dramas, then scintillate the senses with a scholarly selection of paperbacks ($2.99 each) or coffee-table books ($4.99 each). Parents can procure a bushel of children's paperbacks ($1.99 each) to pique and stoke the curiosity of a young one, inculcating a sense of earthly stewardship without relocating the family to the nearest hallowed-out topiary.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
New Street Book Shop offers an ever-changing collection of antique and rare books, preserving beautiful publishable artifacts and rare prints. The shop houses venerable volumes starting from $4.50, with examples from all genres of the written word, including novels, state-centric cookbooks, nonfiction about local lore, and autobiographies of famous circus animals. Traverse tomes such as Tell Me Something True, a dramatic epistolary novel ($7), or a leather-bound edition of the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ($45). More than mere pages, the books at New Street Book Shop are carefully collected readable works of art, like a passive-aggressive note from a master calligrapher.
Play N Trade outfits console gamers with the cartridges and accessories to transcend into parallel universes 8-bit and up. The store stocks brand-new games at standard pricing—such as Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360 ($59.99)—and most used games range from $1 up to $49.99; prices vary dependent upon the going rate for nostalgia. Kick back in the laid-back shop and take a trial run of potential purchases via one of the store's LCD televisions, or ask a game-versed employee about one of the store's secondhand accessories, many of which sell for less than $30. With today's Groupon, customers also become store members for one year, which bequeaths 10% off all used game or accessory purchases, a 10% bonus on trade-ins, and a highly coveted Nintendo Power Glove conceal-carry license. A member of Play N Trades expert staff verifies that all used items are in working order before they land on virtual shelves.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.