The window dressers at Connecticut Shade and Blind have embellished bare panes with custom blinds, shades, and sumptuous draperies for more than a quarter century. Interior rooms exposed to overly enthusiastic sunbeams or binocular-bearing blue jays cover vulnerable windows with light filtering double-cell shades ($546 for a 36"x54" panel). The futuristic blinds are energy efficient, helping to defend against winter drafts and roasting summer suns. Wood blinds ($549 for a 36"x54" panel) or faux wood blinds ($413 for a 36"x54" panel) add texture and a touch of the outdoors to stylish interiors. A variety of fabrics in woven blends or ethereal sheers dress window interiors as curtains or human exteriors as stylish togas. Any accrued shipping costs are included in this Groupon.
Thanks to the careful gardening of its "fiercely independent" local owners, Bank Square Books' shelves teem with all manner of pencraft, mingling best-selling fiction and nonfiction with lesser-known novels as well as the most expansive assemblage of children’s books in the area. Guests can nestle into cozy seats and browse the adventures of ex-Navy SEAL Max Moore and his wise-cracking sock puppet in Tom Clancy’s best-selling Against All Enemies ($28.95) or feast eyes on the bookery's numerous staff picks. Tyler recommends The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet ($15, paperback), which follows a young Dutch clerk as he navigates the dangerous political intrigues of samurai-era Japan's sole port to the outside world. Annie, meanwhile, loves Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love ($15, paperback), which chronicles one woman’s flight from New York City to start a farm in the North Country. Henry Kissinger's negotiation strategies in On China ($36) will prove invaluable to recreational diplomats who are tired of navigating the land mines in their feuding roommates' DMZ.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Tommy’s Tanning offers customers more than two dozen bronzing options, from single-session spray tans for special occasions to yearly memberships inside five levels of tanning beds. The vertical and horizontal beds imbue skin with color while cooling faces and playing music for a more comfortable tanning session. For UV-free color, VersaSpa spray-tanning booths coat the skin in a streak-free glow, all while the client stands in a comfortable, wide-open interior.
Family-owned Sadie Green's has adorned limbs with innovative and antique jewelry for more than 30 years. Bring some character to your cuff with the sea glass and silver bracelet, a custom bracelet whose sea-glass shape and color varies per piece ($10). Finery fans can catch sylvan breezes with their lobes by wearing the sterling-silver leaf earrings ($38), or let ears twinkle under police flashlights the in Victorian-style Swarovski Austrian crystal post earrings ($20). Meanwhile, hammered Alpaca metal necklaces in a variety of shapes hang from necks in graceful geometrics ($18+), and colorful pashminas ($8+) and trade beads in glass ($3) or novelty and charm varieties ($2) allow vogue vixens the chance to commemorate landmark car tune-ups with chromatic splashes and charm bracelets. All jewelry purchased comes guaranteed for life.
Glitter flashes on a set of rainbow-hued fairy wings. A pale pink peony headband adds a splash of color to infant ensembles. Whimsical and feminine, Gigi's Glitzy Boutique’s collection of apparel and accessories appeals to the fairy-tale sensibilities of many young girls. The boutique reflects the vision of its owner, Angela, a mother of two who grew weary of searching the Internet for fashionable children’s attire.
Angela strives to create a playful, tyke-friendly environment at Gigi's Glitzy Boutique: the walls are bright pink, and tissue-paper flowers hang from the ceiling. Her shop also hosts princess-themed birthday parties, replete with storytelling and seminars on how to negotiate interest rates with the tooth fairy. Additionally, the boutique houses Shear Glitz Salon, which offers kid-friendly treatments including feather extensions and temporary glitter tattoos.