Something New Florist specializes in floral arrangements, decorative housewares, and wedding registries. For almost 20 years, the prettifying purveyors have been bringing fresh new colors to homes and special events with colorful compositions, such as the simple-pleasures basket, a multichromatic creation blooming out of a whitewashed wicker basket ($39.99), and the cube with yellow blooms, an arrangement of bright-yellow alstroemeria, carnations, and chrysanthemums in a square glass vase ($36.50).
The Flaming Ice Cube might as well be a good vibes factory. Part cafe, gift shop, and yarn shop, visitors can stop in for a veggie burger, knitting lesson, or soy candle. At the cafe, chefs craft homemade vegan plates from a menu that includes a BBQ chick'n sandwich and brown rice bowls layered with asian vegetables, marinated organic tempeh, and the cafe's signature plum sauce. Meanwhile, instructors get needles moving at knitting classes, during which participants learn knitting basics or more advanced techniques for creating hats, scarves, and impractical bikinis.
From first sip to final swallow, Abruzzo's bottles all things vino and malted barley and hops into one convenient location, including bottling supplies and at-home wine- and beer-making equipment. Guzzlers can build a twisting tapestry of bitter tastes with the Brewer’s Best equipment kit (a $67.38 value), which includes every tool necessary for concocting barley imbibables––including a home beer-making book and a 6.5-gallon fermenter, perfect for filling party goblets and 6.5-gallon stomachs. Each kit also includes a beer ingredient pack in one of seven flavors (starting at $29.70), including Brewer’s Best American cream ale, American light, English brown ale, English bitter, Scottish ale, Irish red ale, or Bavarian kölsch.
Family owned and operated for 30 years, Frame Center provides decorative and museum-quality framing services for original artwork, prints, and other memorabilia. With roughly 2,000 frames and hundreds of mats to choose from, mounted and framed pictures under glass start at $29.95 for an 11" x 14" frame, $45.95 for 16" x 20", $69.95 for 24" x 36", and $74.95 for 32" x 40". Prices can increase if you opt for higher-quality wood frames, which many customers choose to enhance velvet portraits of Courtney Love unearthed from the basement of the Louvre. Available mats range from paper and museum-grade conservation material to hand-wrapped fabrics. Frame Center's experienced staff also frames shadowboxed objects, photo portraits, and diplomas ($100+), as well as needlepoint or cross-stitch pieces ($70+). Although you can always nail art projects onto a refrigerator door, a wall display offers a longer-lasting opportunity to display your children's illustrations ($24.95+) of Hannah Montana clones playing poker.
Playthings Etc. displays a huge selection of more than 3,000 toys, games, and hobby items inside a futuristic store shaped like a life-size stealth bomber. Playful staffers aboard the ship demonstrate pogo sticks ($40+), rockets, and unicycles as customers explore shelf after shelf of games and goodies. The Dance Charades game ($19.99) by Milliwik challenges players to turn their clues into dance moves set to music. Kids take down arch nemeses with the ZX Crossbow ($29.99) by Zing Toys, with suction-cupped arrows that can carry love notes to the exterior of an upstairs bedroom window. Perplexus Puzzles ($19.99–$29.99) by PlaSmart prepare children for the real-life challenge of finding a spot in a parking garage by maneuvering a small metal ball through a 3-D maze. The store also carries an assortment of frisbee golf disks ($7–$20).
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom’s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it’s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom’s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.