Having served as thread-bearers for a cluster of local, state, and national pageant winners, Miss Priss specializes in princess-ready designer prom and pageant wear augmented by an eclectic selection of stately purses and genteel jewelry. Teenage nobility can prepare for the big day by practicing rhythmic, cupped waves in prom frocks from Sherri Hill, Jovani, and Scala, accented by a slim prom purses ($15–$75) and heavy-duty hair accessories ($10–$29). Pageant sovereigns who schedule one-on-one appointments with Miss Priss’s welcoming staff will find the perfect scepter-matching haute couture gown, as well as designer swimsuits ideal for showing off comely figures while cannonballing into swank rooftop pools filled with rose petals.
A lone tree, its trunk wrapped in colorful knit creations, marks the location of Friends and Fiber, a warmly lit shop that brims with handpicked yarns, knitting needles, home décor, and jewelry. Inside the brick-red storefront, co-owner Vicki Kinser helms interactive knitting classes, open knitting hours, and local benefits. Friends and Fiber’s monthly newsletter keeps customers up to date on upcoming events, interspersed with inspirational quotes from eloquent balls of yarn.
For over 75 years, Rogers Jewelers has lavishly exhibited a sparkling smorgasbord of fashion and bridal accoutrements. The professional staff guides customers to ensure informed purchases. Accessorize with a Diamond Key Pendant, a take on the old-fashioned skeleton key design ($59). Rogers provides free inspection and cleaning of jewelry, as well as a lifetime guarantee with each purchase of a diamond or promise to have children for the sole purpose of purchasing diamonds in the future. Rogers also donates to the American Red Cross and local school programs.
That Cute Little Shop outfits women in casual tops, dresses, and accessories in modern shapes and bright colors. The selection, while always changing, includes fashionable picks for teens, plus sizes, and even kids and babies, with mini items ranging from stylish bibs to backpacks in colorful prints. Summer might sees the racks lines with royal blue scalloped shift dresses or tanks in nautical stripes, while fall temperatures bring a replenished stock of seamless capri leggings in or monogrammed jackets. Speaking of monograms, the shop specializes in personalizing everything from boots to baby blankets, which they can do by adding special letters or numbers such as your initials, a nickname, or even your atomic weight.
As a former overworked New Yorker, Tri-State Running Company owner Cameron Simoneau found solace in running, and seeks to share that inner peace with others by cultivating a friendly haven for healthy living with knowledgeable staffers. Employees persevere in finding the perfect fit for runners, walkers, and professional hot-coal crossers, cushioning toes in sneakers from brands such as Adidas and Asics. They also ensure athletes trot comfortably and safely with accessories from names including Thermoskin and CamelBak. The shop integrates itself into the local running community through regular running clinics and partnerships with local marathons and 5Ks, and also collects donations for Soles4Souls, an organization dedicated to sheltering bare feet in new kicks.
Scott Reising / Hyde Park Jewelers' professional crew of craftsmen furnish patrons' appendages with high-end jewelry and exercise its artistic expertise in custom jewelry design and repair. The jewelry shop's cases are filled with an expansive selection of precious-stone, gold, silver, and platinum jewelry and watches. Patrons can cover up bare clavicles with a necklace, such as the Me & Ro Engraved Wing Pendant ($140)—in which an angel wing delicately dangles on a fine silver chain—or bedeck earlobes with earrings, such as the sterling silver Me & Ro Tiny Flower Earrings ($110). With watches, such as the Elysee Executive Edition ($950), shoppers can time how long they can keep their eyes closed.