I was ready to get my shop on, but upon pulling into the parking garage, I caught a glimpse of a Jumbotron on the side of the Angelika Film Center playing Scooby Doo cartoons. B, my four year old, immediately insisted that we go check it out - and I agreed. There were families planted in Strawberry Park laid out with blankets, picnic breakfasts and coffee while the kids ran through the fountain/sprayground area. Each Saturday morning at 9:00am, Mosaic District hosts this fabulous kid and family-friend event: Cartoons and Coffee. I happily put my shopping trip on the back burner for B & Scooby.
My first stop after Cartoons and Coffee was to Alex and Ani. I had heard great things about this store from my friend, Jenn, who had been desperately awaiting their opening at Mosaic District earlier this year. Once inside, I loved the vibe and fell in love with their stackable bracelets! Think charm bracelets, but instead of adding beads to a single bracelet, you can stack bracelets that have cute (or meaningful) charms, colors, birthstones, symbols, etc. To top it off, Alex and Ani is an eco-friendly company with their products made in the USA.
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Next stop was Ah Love Oil and Vinegar. The Italian in me could hardly wait until 11am for their doors to open.
Two perfectly aligned rows of polished metal dispensers filled with specialty oilve oils and vinegars lined the entire length of the store. After sampling the selection, two of my favorites were the oils infused with Bacon and then a hot hot hot habanero. In addition to their namesake, they also carry pastas, cook books, and even a line of olive oil-based skin care products that smoothly glazed my hands.
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B had been such a sweet helper at the first two stops (he even sampled the Habanero olive oil!) that when we walked past Dawn Price Baby, there was no way I could say "no". Everything inside the store looked like it could be made into a board on Pinterest. If I had a daughter, this store would bankrupt me with theirTea Collection summer dresses. They carry everything you need for kids - from strollers to name blocks. This will be my new go-to spot for baby shower gifts. We may have grown out of the baby stages - but toys are always a hit! B picked up a fancy airplane to carry around for the next 2 hours.
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You may know that I have a fancy for South Moon Under. I've worked with them on a few events in the past and absolutely love their summer beach style. At the last event, I was so busy playing host that I only had a few minutes at the end to shop. With B and his new airplane to keep him busy, I had a chance to check out their shoes (boots for the fall are now coming out) and chat with the store manager, Marie, about the new fall arrivals and trends. Marie also shared that she's just recently started ablog about bikini fashion - perfectly fitting for her!
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Our last stop was lunch. With lots of options, I chose our destination after spotting one familiar word on some marketing collateral beyond the glass window: HOAGIE. I'm from Central Pennsylvania where hoagies run wild - and it's rare to see an eatery "down here" with a hoagie on the menu. Our lunch at Taylor Gourmet was fresh, minimally processed, and worth every calorie.
Afterwards, we zipped around the corner for some artisanal Italian gelato at Dolcezza. We both picked out Lemon Ricotta Cardamom and people-watched while customers in the store actually spoke Italian. Buono!
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