Sunshine Daydream’s resourceful staff unveils a collection of hard-to-find vintage gifts that stand as tributes to days past with tie-dyed threads, hippie-era band merchandise, candles, and incents. The periwinkle-colored Grateful Dead Blue Bear Mandala tapestry ($26.99) allows buyers to embellish empty walls with Sanskrit-inspired designs or cover up holes kicked in by temperamental Rockettes. Transform stark rented flats into personal temples with wood-and-bamboo door beads ($22.99) that fall in a whimsical arch formation. The shop also pays homage to contemporary pop culture with T-shirts ($19.99-$26.99) declaring love for cult classics such as The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, and The Hangover. Guests can occupy their palms with a variety of hand drums ($24.99) designed for drum-circle frequenters and stock traders that sell via Morse code.
Given The Bead Place's packed class calendar, it's a wonder the store doesn't grant degrees. If it could, customers who attend workshops regularly could have earned PhDs by now in subjects ranging from knitting and felting to silversmithing and metalwork. The scope of these skills is too broad for only a few people to handle teaching, so fortunately, the store employs more than a dozen instructors and doesn't count on a swamp creature with a giant, pulsing brain to do all the work. These staffers are experts in their respective crafts; Kara Jacob's beading work was highlighted in a Bead and Button magazine's "best of" volume, and Abbi Berta has been published as a designer in multiple magazines.
When students need materials for one of these workshops, the obvious spot to look is The Bead Place itself. The store carries semi-precious stones, vintage glass, Swarovski Crystal, and hundreds of types of yarn. It also supplies kits, patterns, and tools such as brass wire brushes and jeweler's saws.
Fantasy Books is your best choice for new comics, back issues, action figures, CCG's, gaming and collectibles. Visit our Belleville or Fairview Heights locations and browse our large selection of comic books and graphic novels, trade paper backs, toys and figures, cards, collectibles, games and so much more.
Dizzy Dugout equips gamers, comic fans, and collectors with a wealth of cards, novelties, and gaming gear across a wide variety of genres. Patrons strategist against their friends during card-game bouts, from Wizards of the Coast's definitive "Magic the Gathering" to Steve Jackson's self-satirizing "Munchkin." Tabletop and dice games also join the melee, alongside electronic distractions for cutting-edge and classic consoles, both. Local sports fans celebrate their love for their favorite team with an extensive selection of autographed baseball cards and memorabilia.