Source: Purple Mountain Coffee
Get the: Spicy sipping chocolate
Rico's features a rotating selection of 20 wines by the glass. Look for an assortment of varietals including organic, vegan and sustainably harvested wines.
Rico's serves Purple Mountain Coffee products brewed in fancy Chemex carafes. You can also order sipping chocolates, alcohol and eats from Poor Richard's next door.
Best Of 2012: Toy Store
You drink microbrews, frequent farmers markets, and wear beanies spun from local, gently harvested alpaca fiber. When it comes to toys, then, why would you go mass-production? You wouldn't. You would, instead, go to Little Richard's Toy Store, the section of the Poor Richard's emporium where, as co-owner Richard Skorman puts it, "three-quarters of the customers might be under 5 years old, and laughing." Over 17 years, Skorman and company have cultivated relationships with small manufacturers and distributors who make toys that "have a purpose," and often an educational link. The place (which still makes sure to stock the classic Slinkies, Erector Sets, etc.) teems with energy and inspiration. Make sure you're signed up for the birthday club, which gets you sizable discounts once a year. — Kirk Woundy
Bites 2013: Gluten- Free Vegan Pizza
Poor Richard's customizable pizzas set the gourmet standard locally. What's extra nice is how the outfit has always been conscious of dietary restrictions. So this pick goes out to our restricted brothers and sisters: Out of the Breadbox supplies the GF crust (smaller than the regular pies) and Daiya vegan cheese subs in for the standard mozzarella. The lovely house Campari tomato sauce remains as is, ready to receive your choice of toppings from a house list of nearly 30. ($11.79 per pie/additional toppings 95 cents/$4.95 per slice)
Best Of 2012: Non-Chain Book Store
Best Of 2012: Used Book Store
Sure, there are reliable favorites: A New York Times bestseller is likely to please, or you could go for the latest in self-help. (Gluten-free, anyone?) But book-buying, like most everything, follows trends. Poor Richard's Bookstore understands this, and is there to help. With more than 120 categories, there is literally something for any reading taste. The "dysfunctional family genre" is popular this year, according to manager Marie Poole, and also, novels by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jonathan Franzen, which offer "social commentary in a less offensive form." After all, that's what books are for! — Celine Wright