If you didn't think a video store other than Blockbuster and Hollywood existed anymore, you'd be right -- almost. Videorama is one of the few notable independents left, and it's located right in the heart of the Pearl for easy access. Rentals are five days, and they carry everything from art films to the latest, um, blockbusters.
You don't have to travel to the suburbs for your pet supply needs, since Urban Fauna, while certainly not a pet superstore, is more than capable of providing you with all your pet supply needs. They even offer grooming services, daycare, and training for your dog if his bite is worse than his bark.
If you want to contribute your office supply money to the local economy instead of the Office Max's and Office Depot's of the world, then this family-run local equivalent is perfect. In addition to carrying most everything the competition carries, like those other guys Peter's also has printing capabilities and free local delivery.
If you love orchids, here's just the place for you, with an ever-renewable twist: If you have purchased an orchid from them in the past, and it's now blooming, you can bring it back to the store and trade-up for another orchid -- with a 15% discount. They also, quite logically, have an eclectic selection of pots.
To call this merely a stationery store is to mislead: since how many such stores have antique letter presses? Here you'll find the ultimate in high-end production of items like wedding invitations, books, business cards, and social announcements. They also have a section in which you can buy that perfect fountain pen, quality paper, photo albums, etc. This is for when Office Max just doesn't cut it.
If your doggie means a lot to you, you're going to be out of town, and you don't have a friend willing to help you out, Lexidog Boutique will take him or her off your hands for you. They also have a selection of treats, accessories, play groups, and even classes and seminars if you don't know how to raise a dog properly.
Located on the southern edge of the Pearl District, this music and video store is open every day of the year for long hours. They carry new and used records, CD's, cassettes, VHS videos, DVD's -- heck, even 8-tracks. Overall, it's one of the best selections in the area, and they will buy your used items as well.
Not your traditional operation, you'd only likely ever have heard of it if you have children, but Urban Tour Group is run entirely by volunteers and is dedicated to giving children a better understanding of the city they live in. They'll take your class on tours of the downtown area to teach them of its early history, its buildings, and the like. Your class should enjoy it.
Located in the Pearl/Old Town area, this well-known local florist has been in town for a couple decades and prides itself on its customer service and styling talents. Able to tap into a bevy of flowers, particularly those native to the region, they're the perfect outlet for any occasion. They're also used by many local businesses in the area.
Despite the unfortunate spelling, this shoppe, located in the Uptown Shopping Plaza, appropriately enough, just off NW23rd, is this little stationery that could. In addition to the usual suspects, this store will help you when planning a marriage, party, or other event. They'll help with custom invites, cards, gifts and about anything else.