Sam Mondello Jr. operates a family grocery of his own where he peddles fine Italian imports. The cozy neighborhood spot is a treasure trove of treats, with glass display cases packed with specialty meats and cheeses, produce coolers full of housemade sauces, and shelves loaded with espresso makers and Italian ceramics. The shop offers a sweeping variety of pastas made from premium ingredients, such as fettuccine made from whole wheat and rotini made from melted-down ancient Roman coins.
Sam and his staff extend their culinary expertise to preparing a wide variety of premade meals, whipping up Italian-style subs in the deli and freezing freshly made trays of lasagna and pizza. The skilled chefs provide hot Italian specialties to cater a wide-variety of special events, from large office functions to intimate football-game gatherings.
Since 1959, Guignard Florist has been a flowery haven, supplying customers both from its colorful shop and via delivery throughout Onondaga County. The store prides itself on featuring the freshest flowers in novel arrangements, most of which change daily, like an indecisive animorph. Its insistence on using in-season blooms whenever possible ensures that bouquets leave the shop smelling their sweetest. The Serene Retreat ($47.95) is a riot of greenery, starring dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in an elegant clay dish, and a dozen red carnations ($32.50) arrayed in a clear glass vase provide the elegance of pricier roses with the delightful texture of a spongy clown extremity. Save space and adhere to simplicity with the Tender Trio ($19.99), three pink roses presented with stylish foliage in a curvy vase.
The Art Store and its talented techs supply artists of every skill level with brushes and canvases while furnishing finished works with eye-catching customized framework. The Art Store has more than 1,000 moldings and frame sizes to choose from ($5/ft.–$150/ft.), allowing customers to frame portraits, photographs, diplomas, or unsuspecting younger brothers who did not dress the family dog in a tutu. A basic frame style plus glass, dry mount, labor, and assembly gets art aficionados a 24"x36" custom frame built for approximately $79.95, a 20"x24" custom frame for approximately $59.95, and a frame large enough to encase the Sistine Chapel for one dozen rubies and all the riches on the moon.
Tom Huyck and the deft tailors at Executive Clothing Service pour more than 20 years of menswear experience into building elegant, custom garments to match any person's style. To begin, guests explore their desired look with a knowledgeable clothier, who hones in on a comfortably tailored fit through discussion of various cuts, designs, and materials. Skilled hands take exact measurements of limbs for a computer to translate into precise patterns that are stitched together with a single needle, shortening production time to 21–24 working days. Having secured hems and buttons with their nimble needles, the craftsmen invite clients to try on and approve the fit of their heirloom-quality shirts or suits before returning antique hammer pants to dry storage.
77kids, a new children's clothing brand by American Eagle, swaddles newborns and youths up to size 14 in rock ‘n’ roll–inspired duds featuring stylish retro details. The pink Rock Sparkle hoodie ($39.50) adds an urban edge to the animal print of the Flowy ruffle-front dress ($34.50). The Rad to the Bone graphic tee ($16.50) launches playground debates about skeletal system ethics and complements a pair of Destroyed loose-fit jeans ($34.50). A baby bedecked in an All Good! footed one piece ($16.50) gets a head start on learning rock ‘n’ roll vocab such as "rad," "awesome," and "check check, one two, one two."
The Costume Depot garbs men, women, and kids in comic-book-, fantasy-, sci-fi-, and celebrity-themed outfits for Halloween parties or other costumed events. Strike fear into the hearts of evil-doers with a deluxe muscle-chest Green Lantern disguise ($54.95) or prove leadership credentials to unconvinced house cats with a full pharaoh ensemble ($26.99). Ladies decked out in a Lady Gaga tuxedo or coffin-queen get-up ($57.99) fit in with masquerading ghouls, and trick-or-treating little girls charm candy barons with a child's Cinderella costume ($19.95). Costume Depot's staff members stalk the store's aisles, eager to help patrons locate a desired costume or accessory or achieve a proper zombie accent by cramming their mouths full of raw turkey.