Bubble bolsters budding artists with structured crafting sessions for kids of all ages. Groupon holders are granted access to bubble’s Craft Bar, where youngsters and their parents can use a cocktail of supplies to create beaded bracelets ($0.25+/bead), shape fragrant soaps ($10/two bars), or glue together popsicle-stick send-ups of Michelangelo’s David. With a smorgasbord of possible projects available, from sock-puppet sewing to candle making, an afternoon of crafting at bubble can singlehandedly solve the problem of bare refrigerator doors, spartan mantelpieces, or mostly-empty hope chests. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended to avoid potentially disastrous googly-eye shortages. Bubble's summer hours are Monday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday form 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Love My Shoes furnishes female feet of any age with an ever-changing array of casual, winter, and dressy footwear—including a bevy of well-known brands such as Chinese Laundry, Dollhouse, and Steve Madden. Although Love My Shoes stocks select luxury items, a multitude of products ring in under $30, such as a pair of elegant Soda high heels ($29.98) fit for a masquerade ball or surprise-filled masquerade wedding. Keep your leg stumps warm and dry on slush-laden winter streets with a pair of faux-suede wedge boots by City Snappers ($29.96), or impress house cats and guests with faux-fur-lined slipper flats by Go Max ($29.98). Love My Shoes also carries girls shoes for budding fashionistas. Along with properly padding your ped-paws, feel free to peruse Love My Shoes' wide selection of hand bags ($19.98–$49.98) and funktastic jewelry ($8.99–$24.99).
Just when you thought that Long Island could not compete with the city for edgy and hip designer boutiques, think again. Pandemonium Boutique carries women's apparel as well as accessories, jewelry from local artisans as well as popular West Coast designers. Housewares, candles and unique gifting are also a wonderful part
Under the tutelage of Shihan Allie Alberigo, students of all ages learn the arts of ninjutsu and classical jujitsu, revamped for contemporary warriors. With four decades of martial-arts training under his belt, Allie Alberigo teaches his students about hand-to-hand combat and the use of weapons; he has also expanded classes to include disciplines such as judo, yoga, and kickboxing. The Little Warrior program builds punching ability in children as young as 3, and the Third Eye Insight program includes martial arts, yoga, and meditation classes for students who are blind or visually impaired. During these classes, sighted students can also spar and learn while wearing blindfolds. The facility includes two training floors and an archery range, which gives students ample room to flex without destroying nearby equipment.