Mary Michael Designs carries more than 30 brands, including Trollbeads, which Mary Michael Designs peddles as the area's only Gold Level Trollbeads retailer. Personalize a set of Trollbeads ($28+), embroider key chains ($12), try on a pair of Aroma Home slippers ($25), or embroider the name of a favorite sandwich on any one of Mary Michael’s collections of duffle bags, baby bibs, backpacks and totes. Mary Michael Designs, located in a converted, residential house, will wrap all purchases for free.
For more than 15 years, the media specialists at KMS Media Services have earned the international allegiance of artists and businesses with their high-quality media duplication and graphic design. Their trained eyes and ears hone in on audio and visual elements to ensure clear, vibrant digital quality. Additionally, they spare clients from the burden of crafting their own cases out of discarded pizza boxes by offering custom DVD and CD covers that can include a client-provided image.
Gabriel's Garden's beauteous bounty of home- and garden-oriented gifts can match your last-minute Mother's Day, or first-minute Earth Day 2011, shopping needs. Stock up on scented goodies such as the eye-catching Vance Kitira pillar candles (from $4.95) or the shea-butter-enriched Pre de Provence soaps ($1.50–$7.95) available in more than 30 fragrances—none of which, thankfully, are "Uncle Leroy's cigars" or "junior-high locker room." For long-term garden glory, plant a batch of Kalalou Botanical's recycled foam stems ($9.95–$27.95), or invite the animal kingdom into your home without even cracking a window with the pale-yellow bee charmer dishes ($2.95–$59.95) with adorable bumbling bee patterns.
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books began with the assumption that all forms of childhood development are enhanced by allowing kids open-ended play with great, creativity-inspiring toys. The boutique toy store instills this philosophy daily, carrying independently-crafted, thoughtful, educational playthings.
Each shop staffs professional Play Consultants who help kids sort through the selection of games, crafts, books, plush animals, science building dolls, and musical instruments. They provide unlimited demos of the toys, doing their best to ensure that each kid finds one that stimulates their ever-folding brain, whether it’s a magic trick for budding illusionists, an experiment for aspiring chemists, or trains for apprentice train robbers.
The Scrap Room stocks hundreds of craft and scrapbooking materials that help creatively preserve memories. Scrappers can lay their foundation with 12"x12" patterned paper ($0.69–$1.50/sheet) or cardstock ($0.75/sheet), and scrawl calligraphic narrations or fashion criticisms with a roster of pens and markers ($1.99–$9.25). Myriad stickers and embellishments ($1.49–$7.99), as well as stamps ($1.99–$23.99) help to garnish flashbacks, such as cartoon reindeer that bolster Christmas photos or cover up Santa’s beard slip. More advanced crafters can manipulate paper shape and texture with Tim Holtz or Sizzix dies and embossing folders ($11.99–$29.99) that help solidify the ephemeral past.
One in, one out. This must be Curious Heart Emporium's policy for managing inventory. Colorful, handcrafted lawn sculptures seem to spill out from the yellow-and-green cottage, whose interior shelves are packed to capacity with artisan gifts and novelty pieces from across North America and Europe. Kathy Corley hand selects everything that guests see in her shop, including jewelry, greeting cards, and sarcastic wall art. Corley, who left her career in the film industry as an art director, likens the shop's character to "Willy Wonka's on steroids." When shopping around, Corley often gravitates toward items that remind her of her family members. For example, tin toys remind her of her father, and flamingo-inspired pieces represent her sister, who spent her third year of life standing on one foot. Corley also enjoys handcrafted and designer Christmas ornaments and trees, and dedicates an entire room in the store to them during the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, her partially enclosed patio and lawn feature garden décor, including metal folk-art roosters and solar-powered paper lanterns.