In 1996, Scrapbook Traditions began in the basement of Tracy Gilley's home. A woman named Jackie Scott had hired Gilley to put together a scrapbook of her life and family history as a Christmas gift. In five short months, Gilley produced more than 950 pages that covered more than a century of the Scott family history. When Jackie died several years later, all 10 scrapbooks were put on display at her memorial; guests at the service pored over the books and Jackie's son expressed his immense gratitude to Gilley for compiling the family history.
Scrapbook Traditions believes in the importance of scrapbooking to preserve memories and record history for future generations. The store offers an array of courses to help scrapbookers get started as well as shelves full of supplies, ranging from sheets of colorful 12”x12” cardstock and sticky adhesives capable of mounting bites of pizza from a couple's first date.
Gazoodles swaddles pintsize progeny in the latest and tiniest trends, housing shelves that blossom with chic wearables for trendy boys (through size 12) and fashionable females (through size 14). Cloak adventurous tykes in the LeTop striped romper⎯horizontally lined with blues and greens and splashed with aquatic animals ($18.50)⎯and adorn mini fashionistas in the LeTop sleeveless beach dress splattered with pink hibiscus flowers ($18). The hooded LeTop Ship Ahoy cover-up ($17) prepares toddlers for beach outings, aquarium visits, and yacht races, and the Livie & Luca sandals accent delicate phalanges with a rouge petal design ($23.50). The baby boutique also stocks a selection of home accessories, such as picture frames and wall décor ($12+), which can be hung or chewed on during the teething phase.
Coul Swing induces hoof-jostling with weekly swing dance classes in various styles tailored to ability level. Beginning jitterbug covers the thorax-swirling gamut from the Lindy Hop to Carolina Shag, introducing first-timers to the world of early 20th-century dance and helping those with previous experience brush up for visits to their local speakeasies. Jitterbug courses help tenderfoots lead and follow, hone their rhythm-reading, and map the cuts of the six-count jitterbug.
For over 15 years, Ivy Arch has been purveying a plenitude of whimsical gifts, clothing, accessories, stationery, and charming jewelry. Enjoy a sunny day while warding off UV-rays or laser beams from invading extra-terrestrials with a San Diego sun visor ($24) while sipping Arnold Palmers from a 16-ounce Tervis tumbler ($13). Protect floors with a Jellybean rug ($37), and affix photos, reminders, and sketches of fridges doodling fridges onto the fridge with a Basic Spirit magnet set ($20). Ivy Arch also carries stylish shoes including SwitchFlops by Lindsay Phillips—sandals with interchangeable straps ($35)—as well as handbags, wallets, scarves, and hats.
The friendly bloom bearers at George K. Walker Florist have embellished special occasions with fresh, colorful floral arrangements for almost 40 years. The FTD orchid trio ($50.99+) croon a floral-scented lullaby from their perches in three 4-inch ceramic vases, and the yellow lily, yellow roses, and other sunshine-colored blossoms in an FTD Flourishing Garden basket ($49.99+) can cheer up a morose coffee table still moping over its argument with the living-room couch. Alternatively, opt for a special-occasion package, such as an FTD birthday bouquet ($55.99+) bursting with gerbera daisies or an FTD Big Hug bouquet ($50.99+) that greets newborns with a vase of pillowy purple lisianthus grasped by a fuzzy 6-inch stuffed bear.