Voted No. 2 Jeans Store by Long Island Press readers in 2009, Max & Gino's offers a stylish cornucopia of young women's garb, suitable for occasions both casual and dressy. Denim leggings and jeggings hold gams in a stylish embrace ($48+), and sweater- or poncho-shaped knitted chestplates from Brandy Melville, Wildfox, and Vintage Havana free arms from tyrannical goose-bumps colonies ($74+). Devotees of Free People can select from the full line ($40+), perhaps choosing a feminine, bohemian-rocker frock that billows romantically in the breeze of a freshly launched space shuttle. Butter Super Soft blankets ($59.50) keep extremities warm, aided by Butter's luxurious sweatpants, tanks, tees, and a limited-edition collection of vintage-feel hoodies, each carefully distressed by hand using mildly upsetting finger puppets.
Detailed dresses and colorful sweaters mingle with a variety of vintage-style and innovative clothing in the Zoe And Co. boutique. Five colors of scoop-necked shirts with three-quarter length sleeves ($24) provide a base for patterned cardigans, sweaters, and pet boa constrictors. Striped cotton maxi skirts ($38) allow legs to move freely among early spring daffodils, and a fitted bubble coat ($98) keeps curves and contours warm in cooler months. Jeans ($58) come in dark denim, white, and spring green with patterns that hug hips like preadolescent inner tubes.
The knowledgeable staff at Hamilton True Value helps tackle home-improvement projects with an expansive inventory of merchandise. Deluxe high-back folding chairs ($20.99) and banquet tables ($73.99) add a touch of class to backyard feasts or amateur wrestling matches, while repelling arboreal intruders with a a 50 pound bag of ice-melting pellets ($29.99) keeps vagrant snowmen at bay. Patrons can also apply the value toward larger purchases, like the burger-terrifying Weber gas grill ($399), or use it to polish off a long-delayed interior redecoration with Pratt & Lambert brand paints. Services such as window repair, key cutting, and scissor sharpening are also available to keep homeowners happy.
Giving a thoughtful gift isn't always easy—but A Little Personalized makes it a little bit easier. With a huge array of customizable items to choose from, shoppers can emblazon names, photos, and little messages upon picture frames, mugs, and even phone cases to gift to their friends and loved ones. More recently, the boutique began offering sewing classes, which invite curious crafters aged 8 and older to learn skills on and off the sewing machine such as stitches, seam finishes, and working with various materials. Specializing in hand -painted, embroidered, printed, and engraved gifts, customers also have the option of bringing their own items to have them personalized, as all artists and machines work in-house.
During more than 70 years in business, South Shore Bicycle & Fitness has equipped countless athletes with the gear they need to enjoy on- and off-road cycling excursions. Rows upon rows of bikes from brands such as Giant, Pinarello, and Trek offer both children and adults a variety of machines designed specifically for urban, road, or mountainous travel. The shop's walls are lined with fitness gear, apparel, and shoes from brands such as Bontrager, Giordana, and Gaerne, saving riders the discomfort of wearing scuba gear during morning bicycle commutes.