Select Vintage applies customer-designed labels to bottles of delicious Californian, Minnesotan, Italian, and German wines to create thoughtful and elegant gifts. For a memorable birthday, wedding, or unbirthday present, you can outfit a bottle of merlot or chardonnay with a customized photo and a personal message. Notes of spicy apples and pears resonates throughout each sip of their California chardonnay, while ripe cherries, blackberries, and plum lend their California merlot fruitful overtones.
St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers bursts at the seams with rare and out-of-print items and holds nearly 50,000 hardcovers and paperbacks and a wide collection of maps and prints. Brightly lit and organized by topic, the shop's shelves attract a varied demographic of bookworms, who can effortlessly slither their way around the 5,000-square-foot store to discover children's classics ($5–$500), philosophical anthologies ($5–$250), and a volume of one-liners from Mr. Rogers. Owner and hardcover sleuth Gary Goodman travels through the United States, Canada, and Europe, hunting down titles on the Civil War ($5–$100), decorative arts ($5–$200), Western history ($10–$200), and sports ($5–$500). Culture cravers can also lay hands on a wide selection of hand-colored, 19th century architectural drawings, maps, and difficult-to-come-across prints ($25–$200), such as a photogravure of Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston ($29) in 1906. Feel free to leaf through titles within the orderly stacks or settle into one of the chairs dotting the store like freckles that spell out the word _Read!. _
Situated in a red-brick edifice on a cozy corner, The Valley Bookseller gives book lovers hospitable environs and heaping amounts of literature. Text-ravenous eyes can feast on the store's beefed-up inventory, which stocks lockers of bestsellers such as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($27.95 for hardcover) and 61 Hours ($28.00 for hardcover) among an already meaty collection of fiction and non-fiction favorites. Wander the written words of a favorite author, decode directions to hidden treasure in the works of Norman Mailer, or get helpful life lessons from sleazy Hollywood agents in the books of Jackie Collins. If a particular manuscript beckons but doesn't appear in-stock at the store, The Valley Bookseller will order the book at no additional cost, with the order usually arriving within a week.
Quince Gifts' color-rich, quirky threads for women and children beg to spruce up tired wardrobes. Pluck apparel by brands including Billabong and Nick & Mo ($10–$150) from groaning racks to harvest the style necessary to stand out at fashionable dinners in the peacock enclosure. A trove of locally made, vintage, and designer jewelry ($2.50+) catches eyes and basks beneath multi-hued walls and festive lighting. Labels such as Mud Pie and Rebel Ink ($5–$100) offer stylish duds for the small fry, and distinctively painted cowboy boots ($85–$500) lead feet into Old West comfort like a saloon's ball pit. Quince Gifts' treasure-room-like territory brims with baubles, stuffed animals lounging on sitting chairs, and hanging art.
Bibelot's mission to extract extraordinary and unusual treasures is made possible through its wide selection of carefully handcrafted trinkets and charms. Items appear and disappear like stardust as many are crafted in limited quantities and most are one-of-a-kind. Crafted with such materials as fine silver, high karat gold, high-grade gemstones, and cultured freshwater and Tahitian pearls, Bibelot's jewellery selection dazzles perusers with contemporary designs, including a rectangular pearl bracelet ($50) featuring genuine freshwater pearls and sterling silver, or metal luxe earrings ($45) with rose gold vermeil and sterling silver. Shoppers also encounter flirtatious cardigans, sweater coats, and modestly priced flower appliquéd clutch bags. Accessory aficionados are ensnared by hand-picked luxury items such as hand-woven silk and cashmere scarves, capes, and diamond-encrusted magic wands.