2012 Best of the Best: Shopping


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MUSIC: Manifest

Adam Whitlow

When it comes to carrying music for Deadheads, Beatles maniacs, and Elvis enthusiasts, Manifest has made its name known. This no-frills superstore has rack upon rack of new and used CDs, DVDs, and LPs that span Springsteen to Sinatra, Black Sabbath to Black Keys, and Louis Armstrong to Lil Wayne. On top of boasting the largest collection of any music joint in town, Manifest offers buy-backs on anything in good condition.

HOSTESS GIFTS: Green with Envy  

For hostess gifts that feature style, practicality, and a little flair, Green with Envy should be your go-to. For your dachshund-doting neighbor, wrap up a hand-painted wall sign that reads “Husband and dog missing … Reward for dog.” For your wine connoisseur sister, a quartet of decorative wine glasses or a sculpted iron wine rack. And for the June Cleaver of your crew, a sterling silver cheese platter and matching spreaders.

LIGHTING: Modern Lighting  

Looking for traditional fixtures to fit your French country sunroom, modern fixtures for your granite-coated kitchen, or rustic fixtures for your game lodge? Modern Lighting carries pendants, chandeliers, cable and rail systems, wall sconces, ceiling fans, table and floor lamps, and more. The East Boulevard showroom features Bocci, Hampstead, Modiss, and Lumina, among dozens more.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: LaDonna Antiques and Interiors  

LaDonna Harris has acquired a bounty of eighteenth- , nineteenth-, and mid-twentieth-century treasures from France, Sweden, and Italy. Picture a nineteenth-century French carved wood settee or an early twentieth-century Italian coffee table shining beneath a ceiling full of ornate eighteenth-century French chandeliers. Harris adds new upholstery to 90 percent of her pieces, and she even repurposes eighteenth-century French candlesticks into lamps.

YOGA CLOTHING: Lululemon Athletica  

Lululemon Athletica is the top source for everything to outfit your downward dog days. Features like chafe-resistant flat seams on cropped pants, lightweight wicking fabric on sports bras, and removable cups and adjustable straps on tanks allow you to contort without fussing over your outfit. And with community events such as complimentary yoga classes each Saturday, the offerings go way beyond the gear. 

BRACKET SMACKDOWN WINNER: Boutique for Local Jewelry- Scout & Molly's

The sheer volume of locally made jewelry makes Scout & Molly’s the top stop for glitzy accessories. The selection of bangles, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings in dangles, drops, hoops, and studs is second to none. And with designers separated into individual sections of the shop, each gets her own stage

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