Play N Trade, an independently owned boutique, stocks a vast arsenal of gear for gamers playing on systems ranging from Atari to PlayStation 3 and seeking gently-used nostalgic classics or the latest pixelated adventure. Players peruse a library of new games ($19.99–$59.99) for consoles such as Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii, and—with the Try Before You Buy policy—ensure games are more challenging than a race against a chubby child on a pogo stick. In addition to the variety of new titles, Play N Trade also carries retro games and consoles including Atari and Nintendo, as well as rare Japanese imports. Used games ($9.99–$49.99) all undergo a thorough inspection before being added to the Play N Trade collection, and the store upholds a 30-day return policy in the event that a game is defective or fire-flower gardens refuse to grow.
J. Liddon Pennock Jr. treated Meadowbrook Farms as his passion project, honing his talent for garden design on the land's 25 acres for over 60 years. After his retirement, he created its now-flourishing retail arm to share his experiment with the wider world. Today, visitors traverse grounds and gardens dotted with ornate arrangements that fuse symmetry, color, and complex species. The Circle Garden’s water lilies burst open with vibrant pink energy, and at the dipping pool, pear cactus and coleus share ground with Japanese maple and their freshly blooming stacks of pancakes. The house also holds horticultural delights, with the Glass Room’s verdant wreaths tempting visitors during appointment-only tours. At the retail shop, guests stock up on a carefully chosen selection of statuary, pots, fountains, and garden ornaments inspired by Pennock’s work, as well as scented candles and soaps. Live plants from the indoor greenhouse or outdoor sales area help make home gardens more like Meadowbrook, with houseplants, annuals, and perennials that are occasionally whisked off for display in the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
At Sunfastic Tanning Resorts, clients don’t just get a tan—they get a dose of vitamin D or an infusion of antioxidants and pure botanicals. Each of the four levels of tanning beds pumps out 10,000 units of natural vitamin D, and lotions from Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty enhance tans and keep skin moisturized. The tanning resort also provides airbrush tanning using a custom-blended natural solution made with antioxidants, pure botanicals, and sweat from Solaro, the man who runs the sun. Thirty-minute teeth-whitening sessions keep teeth from acquiring the same bronze shade that skin has. The treatment's light activator, which shines on the FDA-approved hydrogen-peroxide gel to release its whitening power, can be adjusted for people with sensitive teeth.
For the past 25 years, Linda Rubin has helped customers piece together fashionable ensembles by stocking her boutique with stylish accessories and apparel. Linda’s Loft carries an array of vibrantly colored dresses and tops, including Ella Moss tops ($85), Michael Stars tees ($60), and Splendid shirts ($80), which hang in organized clusters next to neatly folded AG Jeans, Halston dresses, and shopping-phobic boyfriends. The shop is also populated with chic dresses from Plenty by Tracey Reese ($350) and frocks from Susana Monaco ($165). A team of style-minded staffers can help clients spice up outfits with colorful scarves or pick the perfect party dresses for nights out on the town.