The Second Ascent staff works diligently to repair cycles, assemble skis, and outfit customers with gear and apparel for all backcountry and outdoor pursuits. They stock and fold apparel from brands such as Patagonia and Vibram FiveFingers to dress adventurers from head to toe, and accessorize them with essential equipment such as headlamps, chalk bags, and backpacks. Technicians in both the full-service bike shop and onsite ski shop repair and tune cycles and skis to help customers ride more smoothly. And the other members of the well-traveled staff remain eager to assist and answer any questions about appropriate adventure equipment, conditions, and the safest way to tickle a napping grizzly.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
An artist can have the most striking or stirring image in her mind—but unless she has the tools to get it down on canvas, it might always be stuck in the land of imagination. Fortunately for all, Daniel Smith Artist Materials stocks a wealth of paints, brushes, palettes, and paper, so fully realized masterpieces can be displayed all around town, from museum galleries to doghouse foyers. Also, many of the paints available for purchase incorporate both ancient pigments and newfangled high-tech particles, imbuing creative works with an undeniably timeless quality.
Every season, the fashion-minded shopkeeps at Peridot Boutique update their inventory with the latest designs from local and indie brands. After unpacking the shipments, they examine each garment's feminine details, such as flowing silk, bows, polka dots, and lace. They then arrange inspired outfits—accented with handmade jewelry—on the mannequins populating their store. Whenever possible, they try to highlight locally made items. The shop also strives to offer eco-friendly options, such as a small section of consignment fashion and organic items.
One of the first military-surplus stores, Federal Army & Navy Surplus opened in 1917, just three years after the end of the Revolutionary War. Patrons peruse aisles of bomber jackets and outdoor apparel, plus sundry implements for hunting, camping, and hiking. The shop equips outdoorsmen and casual civilians with more than 4,000 items purchased directly from the military, with many objects autographed by Uncle Sam himself, and 16,000 other pieces of merchandise from commercial retailers.
Chefs ready the blasting heat of Mehak Indian Cuisine's clay oven for a smorgasbord of authentic Indian curries, breads, and baked meat and veggies. The tandoor's fire rages seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., searing pillowy naan, lamb boti masala, and chicken goa curry. The chef carefully balances spices and flavors to create recipes far more refined than the hastily prepared meals found in the roadrunner’s tiffins.