I don't think I would call this place a book store so much as a place to pick up some paperbacks for beach reading. But they do have an excellent and diverse assortment of newspapers from throughout New Nersey, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states. If I'm in Avalon, I'll usually pop in here and pick up the Washington Post or another newspaper that I don't have a chance to read that often.
Their magazine selection is also very substantial and makes for a nice place to pick up some summer time reading that you won't find at an Atlantic Books.
My husband and I absolutely love stopping in this bookstore during the summer to picked upsome books for light beach and summer reading. My husband ended up stumbling across some out of print Fletch books here and became hooked on the series (it was a book before Checy Chase made the role famous i nthe movies).
I also found a number of good pregnancy books at decent prices, all newer editions. We also found the staff friendly and the books pretty well organized, making the books easy to find if you were looking for a specific genre or author.
We love to pick up the Shoppe when we get down the shroe on a Friday night. Its fun to take a look at the various items people are selling, as well as to scan the upcoming garage and yard sales for the next morning (Saturdays). It seems like Shoppe is THE place to advertise if you have something for sale. And for that reason, its also the newspaper you need to pick up if you're looking to make a purchase. Pick it up when you get down the shore at a local Wawa or other convenience store.
I stopped in here to price out some wicker furniture and was generally surprised at the high prices sicne they bill themsleves as an "outlet." I was expecting to find dirt cheap prices, especially given its location on the outskirts of North Wildwood. Sadly, that wasn't the case. Also when I walked in, I was the only customer in the place and not one of the sales reps bothered to get up to ask if they could be of assistance. When I finally interrupted two of them who were chatting with one another, I was told they didn't have what Iwas looking for but they could order ti for me. No thanks!
Ther'e nothing especially exciting or compelling about this toy store, other than the fact that its a decent place to stop with the kids during an evening stroll along the outdoor mall to pick something small up to help keep them amused. Which I assume is why they are stil in business. There's not much here that I would make a special trip to purchase that isn't easily obtainable elsewhere at a cheaper price. Its just one of those stores that kids love and prompts parents to fear for their wallets.
I get the sense from talking to other people that our family's experience may be the exception to the rule, and I hope that's the case. We visited Cold Springs Village this past summer one day when they had their "Day Out with Thomas." which for those of you without little ones is Thomas the Tank Engine, a children's show that airs on local PBS stations and little boys (and girls) seem to love.
Well, they had a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine come and ride o ntheir tracks, which was exciting for the kids. However, besides riding on Thomas, there weren't a heck of lot of other activites for the kids to do, short of paying oxorbiant fees to get into the "historic" section of Cold Springs village.
Maybe it was the heat of the day and the kids who, although, excited about seeing Thomas, were a bit on the miserable side. But we weren't that impressed with the village as a whole or the ancillary activities they had for "Day Out with Thomas."
While my husband and I are not surfers, we do enjoy going into Pete Smith's when we are down the shore to check out and make occassional purchases of their clothes, hats, bathing suits, sunglasses, flip-flops and other "surf" gear.
While they can be a bit on the pricey side, if you check back often enough, you cna usually find decent deals, especially toward the end of the season.
Sicne we're not surferes, its tough to comment on the quality of their boards and surf related items, but all in all, its a nice store with friendly and helpful staff.
Kona is one of the best sports stores around. When my husband bought a new bike dow nthe shore to ride our young son on, we had a tough time finding the right bicycle seat to fit the bike frame. Kona had a nice selection of bike seats, including one that fit our needs. For a small fee, they even had it installed by the next morning (which was a good thing too, becuase the installation turned out to be a bit more detailed than we had anticipated).
Kona also has a nice selection of surf gear, clothes, bicycles and a wide range of otehr sporting good equipment to choose from.
PROS: Big selection, great staff and service
CONS: A bit more expensive, but that's too be expected at the shore
When we were remodeling our kitchen, we were looking for a wider selection than you would find at a Home Depot or a Lowes hardware store. Having visited Peddlers Village before, we remembered Knobs N Knockers and their excellent selection of items. Sure neough, they had exactly what we were looking for! Highly recommnd going here to find hard to find items other than what's typically in stock at your local hardware store.
This is a great place to bring kids of varying ages for birthday parties or even just to get them out of the house in the winter months to blow off some steam. Giggleberry Fair is like a mini-indoor amusement park for kids, with a full size merry go round for the tots, a huge play area for kids to climb ropes, go through tunnels and "shoot" balls at one another. While my kids were too young for the latter playzone, it seemed that other kids were having a blast.
There are also separate rooms for kids to play a variety of arcade games and educational activities as well. All in all, this is a great place to bring your kids. Even better, since its located in Peddlers village, if you bring another adult with you to watch the kids, you can get some shopping done on your own.