Shoe Strings' kid-savvy staff packs shelves with shoes, rain gear, and handmade accessories designed for young lads and lasses. As parents size their progeny in brands such as Skechers ($39.95–$49.95), Stride Rite ($42.95–$60.95), and Ragg Footwear ($34.95–$42.95), aspiring Peles can rest their kicking feet on stools shaped like soccer balls. A flashy pair of Lelli Kellys ($65.95) promises stylish baby steps, and Bog boots ($64.95) and Western Chief raincoats protect puddle-stomping youngsters from soiling their onesies or pinafores. Shoe Strings also carries cartoon-character rain ensembles, kids’ photo albums, and hair accouterments created by local mothers.
The merchants at BT Watches and Jewelry don’t just peddle watches. Rather, they sell pragmatic pieces of art, equipping each customer with finely made digital and analog timepieces in styles ranging from graceful and elegant to outdoorsy and rugged. Men's and women's watches from ESQ by Movado flaunt a cosmopolitan, streamlined aesthetic, whereas reliable Swiss Army pieces continue to tick away when confronted with the pressure of 330 feet of water or 30 pushy EU diplomats.
When the shop’s experienced technicians aren’t busy bringing clockwork into perfect precision with their skillful repair services, they can also help customers navigate their glittering stock with battery and band repair, overhauls, and crystal replacement.
The staffers at Sofia Jewelry LLC, a family-owned business, share their expertise in selecting keepsakes for men and women. In addition to offering 14- and 18-karat-gold and sterling-silver pieces from names such as Nikki Lissoni, they administer repairs and install watch batteries. To cater to a wide range of clientele, they also offer layaway programs during the holiday season.
Open more than 45 years, the Van Jaarsveld Decorating Center showroom abounds with furniture, framed art, area rugs, and household decorations in a variety of designs and styles. Knowledgeable staffers stand by to suggest products, such as designer wall coverings or premium paints from C2 and Pratt & Lambert, that best complement existing furniture or a household theme. Using customer-specified measurements, they’re also happy to customize window treatments. Customers in need of more involved assistance can look to the shop’s team of designers, who journey to homes to provide interior-decorating consultations or fill in for injured players during family games of backyard softball.