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    Drink 2010

    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.

    InSider 2010

    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.

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    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

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    Best Of 2015: Restaurant for Kids that Isn't Fast Food

    Many of us think of Poor Richard's as a homey place to grab a slice of pizza or a latte, get some work done, settle in with a book, or chat with friends while the kids entertain themselves in the toy store. And it is all of those things. But Poor Richard's, a progressive bastion in a conservative town, has gone through decades of reinvention to reach this point. Toward the beginning, when most customers were young adults, it showed movies. When those customers had kids, the toy store was added. When they became empty nesters, the café opened. "It's hard to imagine I've been in business 40 years," says founder and owner Richard Skorman. "It seems like I just opened yesterday." — J. Adrian Stanley

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    Best Of 2015: Non-Chain Book Store

    Best Of 2015: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift

    Best Of 2015: LGBT-Friendly Business

    How you see Poor Richard's probably depends on how long you've been in town. Founder and co-owner Richard Skorman notes that the store was a meeting place for LGBT groups in the wake of the statewide passage of anti-gay Amendment 2 in 1992. Skorman stuck his neck out at a time when doing so was actually dangerous, and he faced down death threats because of it. Skorman's wife and the current co-owner of the store, Patricia Seator, remembers being scared during those times, though she didn't get heavily involved in the business until more recently. Those who came to town after the mid-2000s are probably more familiar with the Poor Richard's that Seator helped create — the café, gift shop and new façade are based on her design input. So is the paring down of the used book store, and the addition of new books to the inventory. — J. Adrian Stanley

 

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