The child, Mr. Wordsworth informs us, is father of the man. And if your young ones are fascinated by pharaohs, dotty for dinosaurs, awestruck by astronomy or just heavily into Harry Potter, this cozy shop is the place to go for games, puzzles, books, toys and more. Brain-teasing play is given free rein here, demonstrating that "educational" toys don't have to be boring. It's a great place for any manchild eager to unlock the secrets of the universe — and for adults of all ages who are looking for intelligent family entertainment.

We all know one of those women involved in a home-party scheme, whether she's selling kitchenware, beauty products, candles or sex toys. And if you're smart, when you get an invitation to attend such a party, you run screaming in the opposite direction. At best, your friend will talk you into a purchase you don't want and can't afford; at worst, she'll pressure you to become part of her scheme. But those home sales-consultant gigs really do work well when the product is of high quality, because then it practically sells itself. That's the case with Melt, a personal bath products company that makes everything from shaving butter to massage bars to lip balm — all handcrafted in Colorado. The start-up kit costs $230 and includes $460 worth of product — and believe us, once your friends try the fizzy balls, bubble bath or handmade soap, they'll be hooked.

Tony's Market
Dylan Burkhardt

The problem isn't the cut of meat; it's your dull knives. The solution? Take your kitchen battle axes — even the serrated ones — to any of the Tony's Markets locations, where a professional knife sharpener will have them gleaming and ready to slice and dice whatever fabulous slab of beef you'll buy from the butcher afterward. Sharpening costs $4.98 per blade and is only available one day a week at each Tony's (go to the website for phone numbers and information). It's a steel.

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