Inside Learning Express Toys, children of all ages can find a host of entertaining and educational toys designed by brands such as Lego and Scientific Explorer. Seven days a week, staff members share their enthusiastic attitudes as they help children and parents peruse dolls and accessories, brain-stimulating word games, or science kits that fuel interactive learning. The store frequently holds special events for festive occasions, such as Father's Day and Lego Day, hosting such costumed characters as Santa Claus and welcoming royal delegates from the King of Legoland.
Inspired by the surfers and psychedelic rockers of California in the ’80s, brothers Custo and David Dalmau launched Custo Barcelona, a fashion label known for its fun, colorful tops and graphic prints. Their bold color combinations and even bolder patterns stamp everything from low-neck T-shirts and summer dresses to short jackets and jersey sweaters. The label’s popularity has allowed the brothers to expand from their native Spain and open stores across the world and even space.
Judith Ripka Jewelry intertwines the rich glaze of gemstones with signature beading and rope twists of exclusively alloyed gold and sterling silver. Fingers searching for natural elegance can snuggle up into the ambrosia stack ring, a sterling-silver affair that decorates the pink crystal of an oval stone with double hearts of white sapphire, symbolizing that the heart is not only unbreakable, but has a backup if needed ($175). The linked silver heart charm bracelet with signature lobster claw coddles a canary crystal heart charm ($195), and the small eclipse earrings entice the ears and frame the face with the dark, rich tones of tastefully shaped black onyx stones ($200).
Originally a clearinghouse for the glamorous Saks 5th Avenue department store, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH has blossomed into a universally respected retailer of high-end clothing and accessories for women and men. Like the fact that neckties can work in a pinch in a ribbon-dancing competition, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH is one of the fashion world's best-kept secrets with its deep discounts on apparel and accessories from more than 800 different top brands and respected designers, such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Halston Heritage. Guests shop in-person or online for faux or real fur pieces, timeless cropped leather jackets, luxurious handbags, slim-fit suits, and on-trend shoes.
In 1984, 20-year-old Swiss entrepreneur Thomas Meyer founded Desigual to promote the idea of fun, affordable clothing that expresses a vibrant positivity. Beginning in its glitzy flagship store in Ibiza to its current headquarters in Barcelona, the company has become an empire with 300 colorful, light-filled boutiques in 72 countries throughout the globe, with a multicultural workforce of more than 2,900 enthusiastic clothing experts. Each store’s labyrinth of styles includes printed tees, sharp men’s jackets, flattering dresses, hoodies, and inventive kids’ wear.
Flashy belts, handbags, jewelry, and wallets top off ensembles, complementing clothing from lines such as Cirque du Soleil and Desigual by L. In addition to innovating examples of quirky, trendsetting clothing, Desigual shows off its youthful vibrancy through atypical marketing campaigns built around artwork, live music, parties, and online solitaire matches.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.