Wit’s End showcases a splendid selection of spectacular surprises for all manner of occasion. Wine lovers will find a bevy of bodacious wine bottles priced from $5 to $20, and art fiends will feel like art thieves when they pick up a piece from a local painter or alternative artisan. A supply of locally crafted jewelry decks out necks in style, and those born sans silver spoons can fill deserving face holes with an entire decorative measuring spoon set for only $20. Prepare for an upcoming day at the beach with a fun, fashionable Wit’s End tote bag ($15–$20), which can be branded with a free three-initial monogram to distinguish it from the tote-bag herds that populate the prairies. Stuff-happy gift seekers can also find holiday decorations, picture frames, and much more within Wit’s End’s charming confines.
Founded by the creators of Carolina Pottery in 2013, Home South offers affordable, southern-influenced décor to fill houses with style and charm. Browse the shop’s carefully curated merchandise, ranging from weather-friendly furniture for the patio to bottles of wine for the cupboard. In the outdoor cushions and pillows section, you’ll find textiles designed to withstand the elements. Embrace your inner craft-maker or interpretive dancer at the ribbons and floral department. There are colorful pots and pans alongside baking sheets and mixing bowls in the kitchenware department.
Within Tag Ur It’s family-owned indoor play center, youngsters glide down slides, rock atop spring horses, and leap about in bounce houses. After emerging from the inflatable obstacle course, kids scamper off to the arcade to battle fictional opponents or challenge their less-pixilated playmates to rounds on the mini-golf course, bouts in the laser-tag arena, and bean-bag flinging at the corn-hole station. Along with open-play sessions, Tag Ur It accommodates guests with a trio of birthday-party packages where up 20 children can enjoy a two-hour party block.
With an experienced, personable staff and diverse selection of jewelry, Main Street Jewelers takes its bling seriously. Disgruntled forty-niners can browse a selection of stunning sterling-silver charms, chains, rings, bracelets, necklaces, jodhpurs, and earrings, as well as Beadle beads ($20–$32) that fit on most brand-name bracelets. The shop also stocks a full line of Concept earrings ($10–$45), designed for those with allergies and sensitive ears, and a display case full of sterling-silver Beadle bracelets ($59) eager to dress up bare wrists. A range of new and estate gold and silver items ($60+) bring dreams of owning Blackbeard’s dog’s golden bicuspid that much closer to reality. The old-fashioned jewelry boutique boasts an on-staff bench jeweler, a goldsmith, and a watchmaker to repair broken treasures, recreate favorite pieces, and clean up tarnished trimmings.
McDonnell Horticulture Inc. gives bloom-seekers a means to finally realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by opening the doors of its retail garden center. Stroll amid verdant rows of plants at the 220-acre nursery, selecting foliage to highlight a home’s natural-landscape beauty or visiting flock of flamingos, such as a rhododendron ($39.95) or an azalea in a 3-gallon pot ($12). On-site propagation leads numerous debutante plants to make grand entrances each year, bestowing vibrant charms on friendly gardeners in hopes of being selected for coveted spots in flower beds and kitchen-table centerpieces.