Browsers can find something novel during every visit to Ambiance, because fresh items arrive every day at each location. Shops display an ample selection of one-of-a-kind new and gently used designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories along with jewelry that is unlikely to be found elsewhere. Ambiance also offers an exclusive collection of furs and evening gowns. The sophisticated shopkeepers at Ambiance handpick each item, ensuring everything is chic, polished, and up to current fire code.
Typhoon Lighting especially specializes in everything light related: repair services, refurbished antique lighting fixtures, and classic and contemporary new designs to lustrously illuminate any roost. The company's domestic fixtures include pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps that, when nicely light-bulbed, scare ghosts and shed light on ping-pong balls' hidden hideaways (prices vary, depending on limited items and specialty lines). Luxurious lampshades are available to enhance any immodest bare bulb ($30 to $50 on average). The radiant retailer also stocks a wide selection of accessories, including finials and hard-to-find antique bulbs (average $50–$200). If you already have an item that needs fixing or you would like to have a unit customized or embellished with a handmade lampshade, Typhoon's friendly, experienced staff is also eager to lend a hand ($70/hour). All repair and fabrication services are done in-house by highly skilled craftspeople, ensuring special attention and glowing service.
The secondhand building materials, home furnishings, and antique treasures residing within Construction Junction's 30,000-square-foot warehouse all dodged a trip to the landfill in order to be repurposed in construction or decorating projects. Twenty departments come stocked with items ranging from major appliances and plumbing accessories to lumber and wardrobes that lead to Narnia. The crew of staff, volunteers, and interns at this nonprofit company cares not only for the environment, by finding a new home for functional wares, but also for the community, by supporting organizations such as Goodwill.
S.W. Randall Toys & Gifts' impressive catalogue features more than 20,000 specialty toys and games by brands that include Hasbro, Mattel, and Milton Bradley. During safaris through one of the store’s ample toy pastures, a Toysmith explorer telescope ($16.95) offers aid to patrons observing the gluttonous habits of Hungry Hungry Hippos ($22.95). A rousing game of Twister ($18.50) can vastly improve flexibility and hand-dot coordination—both important skills to demonstrate at college orientation sessions—and for those seeking shenanigans beyond what Trouble the board game ($14.95) has to offer, a multivoice changer ($14.95) easily befuddles McDonald’s drive-thru attendants with its 10 distinct sound modulations.
Biketek welcomes all cyclists for supplies, repairs, and tune-ups, whether they ride recreationally or compete in triathlons. In addition to road, triathlon, mountain, single-speed, and hybrid bikes from Felt, Jamis, and Raleigh, the shop stocks a sizeable collection of gear from Giro, Sidi, Topeak, and Shimano. GU and Hammer Nutrition products, meanwhile, give riders the power necessary to win races and corral herds of stampeding tricycles. For six months after they purchase a new bicycle, buyers can come back to the shop for free maintenance and fit adjustments.
On the upkeep side of Biketek’s coin, technicians repair and maintain rides with tune-ups, part installations, and other services. They also fit bikes to riders with Body Scanning CRM technology, which uses software and noninvasive laser-pointer body measurements to determine the ideal saddle height, angle, and fore-aft position, as well as handlebar height and rotation. Although everyone can purchase a fitting session, Biketek offers one free to anyone buying a new road, triathlon, or cyclocross bike.
An independently owned lingerie boutique for more than 40 years, The Pussycat outfits ladies in sophisticated underpinnings, legwear, and well-fitting bras from brands such as PrimaDonna, Spanx, and Hanky Panky and lines imported from Paris and other far-flung locales. The shop's knowledgeable staff answers a variety of questions, helping shoppers find undergarments ranging from bustiers to soft-cup bras. Shapewear helps sculpt and slim lower halves, and boyshorts marry comfort and style. Customers can cover up legs in fashionable printed tights or step into tantalizing fishnets designed to make waves on subway cars.