Jennifer Mann has always had a keen eye for fashion. Pulling from her industry experience—which includes a role as senior advertising executive at Lehigh Valley Style magazine—Jennifer opened Shuze, packing its shelves with stylish accessories from both uncommon and renowned designers. Inside, colorful displays of shoes from San Miguel, Nicole, and Frye line up along tables amid racks of Tolani scarves and Silver jeans. Meanwhile, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from local artists glimmer beneath the boutique's soft lamps. Patrons can plop down on colorful, cushy couches, trying on Hunter wellies, resting their legs, or checking beneath the cushions to see if the couches have babies.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
New Street Book Shop offers an ever-changing collection of antique and rare books, preserving beautiful publishable artifacts and rare prints. The shop houses venerable volumes starting from $4.50, with examples from all genres of the written word, including novels, state-centric cookbooks, nonfiction about local lore, and autobiographies of famous circus animals. Traverse tomes such as Tell Me Something True, a dramatic epistolary novel ($7), or a leather-bound edition of the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ($45). More than mere pages, the books at New Street Book Shop are carefully collected readable works of art, like a passive-aggressive note from a master calligrapher.
With an extensive and posh portfolio of designers, Sophistikate stocks a selection of stylish garb for men and women inside an environment that conjures up thoughts of a SoHo fashion emporium. Place a flower in the barrel of an Only Hearts tank ($55), or pair a Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise claw necklace ($45) with a belt by Via Spiga ($55) for a fierce frolic. In the men's department, tees by Sol Angeles ($55) and American Apparel ($28) keep torsos fashionably covered. The atelier aggregator customizes the shopping experience for outfit hunters with special ordering upon customer request.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Aardvark Sports Shop has specialized in taking mankind’s oldest fitness activity for a 21st-century tune-up by outfitting runners with the latest in shoes, gear, and streamlined racing blindfolds. Aardvark athletes get comfort and performance from track-tested brands, such as Asics and Brooks, fitted by an expert panel of their friendly and experienced staff. Aardvark fills out its floor space with a full line of track suits and athletic outerwear perfect for runners and bikers, as well as a collection of sport watches, including the Forerunner 110 with built-in heart monitor. With affordable athletic strollers from B.O.B. rounding out its collection, Aardvark can equip any runner for a brisk jog through the neighborhood, a cross-country marathon, or participation in a local mom-and-baby relay race.