Vinnola’s Italian Market quashes midday hunger grumblings with a café menu of hot and cold sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian specialties. Newly wedded cheese and sauce emerge from their oven honeymoon on slices of pepperoni or sausage pizza ($1.99). The hearty lasagna provides a multilayered pasta dance floor for taste-bud tap dances ($5.95), and grilled homemade focaccia takes center stage in the paninis, with backup flavors of prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers, basil pesto, and bags of chips ($6.99). Classic italian sodas and Pepsi products refresh palates and carbonate mealtimes with a range of old-school flavors. Give postlunch activities a sweet edge with one of Vinnola’s cannoli, prepared in the traditional Italian, Bavarian, and Pistachian styles ($2.35 each).
Ed and Kyle Becerra, Young's Market and Garden Center’s owners, took over the business from Ed’s father, who founded it more than 50 years ago. Locally grown perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and Chia Pets squint at the outdoor sun, and rows of flowers line the dirt aisles of tidy greenhouses. In addition to plants, Young's inventory includes soil, fertilizers, weed-control products, and pond supplies. In season, customers can find fresh produce at Young’s bustling farmers' market.
Studio Bini outfits infants, toddlers, and young children with modern clothing, accessories, books, toys, and more. Brands like Melissa and Doug and Manhattan Toy stand proudly beside Studio Bini's unique brand of retro-inspired clothing, forming a united front in the protection of wee ones from rain, snow, and SpaghettiO-loaded trebuchets. Inside a two-piece pink kimono set ($40), trendy tykes can watch big brother reenact black-and-white lassoing daydreams in his brown cowboy shirt ($28) and brown and cream cow-print pony vest ($22). Wrapped in pink and brown swing coats ($46), little first ladies can wait out winter in a warm houndstooth and faux-fur cocoon. A Kate Quinn organic baby gown keeps infant boys and girls covered neck to toe, but makes diaper changes swift and easy.
Since it planted roots in the community in 1959, Echter's Nursery & Garden Center has gradually expanded into a sprawling complex comprising lush greenhouses and a retail store dedicated to beautifying outdoor spaces. The shop’s display area encompasses a staggering 70,000 square feet, and includes a patio shop with benches and outdoor furniture, a wildlife department with birdhouses and sasquatch feeders, and a garden center with sustainable soils and fertilizers. Patrons can grab tips from one of the center's plant doctors, all of whom boast at least a decade’s worth of experience, or simply count the days until poinsettias and Christmas trees occupy the premises during the holiday season.
Nominated as one of the best ski and snowboard shops in the 2011 CityVoter A-List, Larson's Ski and Sport earns local lauds with a large selection of gear for both winter and summer seasons. The staff bedecks the shop's walls with skiing and snowboarding equipment from top industry brands such as Dynastar and Nordica, as well as gear for warm-weather sports that range from kite sailing to kayaking. Alternatively, equipment rentals and lessons supply sportsmen with gear and know-how to ski, standup paddleboard, and windsurf. With an average of 10 years of repair experience, Larson's qualified technicians get skis and snowboards back in top form at the repair shop, where skilled hands fill in deep scratches, grind away flaws with a stone or belt, and apply hot wax for a faster, hair-free ride.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.