Furnishing vases with fresh floral arrangements since 1947, Maud Baker showers flower fanatics with a bevy of blossoms. Maud's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, and creations can match whatever color, type of flower, or childhood phobia you have in mind. Pick petal arrangements for occasions from birthdays to weddings to the first of many joyous snipe hunts.
Sheepish stuffs its shelves with vibrant fibers, needles, and other knitting supplies, and an amenable staff stands ready to satisfy any and all string-related inquiries. A reasonably priced selection of knitting, crocheting, and weaving products is available for uninitiated and seasoned fiber-wizards alike. Brittany straight needles ($7–$9) send fingers flying through a scarf-sized skein of Cascade 220 wool ($7), and geometrically talented crafters can produce Möbius strip sweatbands by the dozen out of basic cotton yarns ($2.50/ball). Yarn wranglers seeking helpful hemming hints can procure a handy booklet ($6.50), a book brimming with sewing knowledge ($10–$30), or a panoply of premade patterns to guide their hands ($3–$7).
The monogramming mavens at Melrose on Ponce personalize property with embroidered initials, customizable with an array of colors and fonts. Mark your towel territory, or delineate his-and-hers jean overalls, with a single-color, machine-stitched monogram ($12), or emblazon less stitchable material, such as floor mats or pet lap giraffes with a vinyl monogram ($12). Embroidered paraphernalia makes a great gift for baby showers, housewarming parties, or attempts at bribing unscrupulous judges.
One Step at a Time owner Charles Cope channels his lifelong love of running into an emporium for athletic shoe, apparel, and energy products. Runners and walkers alike can slip into a snug pair of Thorlos Experia socks ($11.95), support the arches with original Powerstep insoles ($29.95), or block out glares from jealous, stroller-bound babies with an Asics running hat ($18). Running and walking shoes ($75–$130) by popular brands such as Brooks, Mizuno, Asics, and New Balance jump off the shelves to outfit feet in need of a comfy, high-performance home, and custom fittings are available for those with thin, wide, or excessively normal feet. Cope provides attentive customer service within the white walls of his welcoming shop, utilizing 50 years of running experience to help pavement pounders find the shoes and accessories that fit each individual's personal exercise habits.