For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.
BookBuyers' mountain of contemporary and vintage media packs the shelves with more than 300,000 used media items, from books and magazines to software and games, and even DVDs and a few space-age laser discs. Its stock includes trade editions in hardback ($9+) and softcover ($5+), pocket paperbacks ($2–$5), a battery of CDs and DVDs ($4+), audio books ($15+), and a small cache of collectibles, rare volumes, and leatherbound tomes ($30+). Deeply discounted items are scattered throughout the myriad selections, turning browsing for imagination stimulation into a hunt for buried dimensional-shifting, mind-expanding treasure.
Kiwi Crate delights children aged 3?8+ with packages that overflow with artistic activities and science experiments, among other imaginative pursuits. Monthly crate themes include dinosaurs, music, safari, and gardening. All Kiwi Crate projects and activities are designed by parents, reviewed by child development experts, and tested by kids. By signing up for Kiwi Crate, children receive these boxes of bliss, which encourage their continued growth and education.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.