Stores opening, stores closing, Father’s Day — that’s an awful lot to cover in 600 words. So I’ll be employing the two-birds/one-stone approach this week: Stuff you can buy for Dad at the stores that are opening or closing. Hooray for efficiency.
Lewis and Clark Outfitters is finally open at Midtowne, and if you’re at all into outdoorsy stuff — or just want to look like you are — you’ll find much to like. It’s a soaring, two-story space, with twin waterfalls flanking a central staircase. It feels good just to walk around in there, even if you don’t have a mission in mind.
But back to the whole Father’s Day thing. There’s a good selection of clothing and shoes from brands like Merrell and Teva — I like the squishy Teva flip-flops ($22). If your guy’s a little on the hippie side, pick up a set of bongo drums — no, seriously — on sale for $55. Upstairs, there’s every grillmaster’s dream: the Coleman Roadtrip Pro ($280), a collapsible grill you can wheel around like luggage. And tents: Coleman’s Montana Big Sky ($199) has room for God and everybody, but if you’re buying for your husband, you might want to check out Marmot’s Limelight ($165), a two-person model that’s sized to promote gettin’ all snuggly. If your budget’s on the tight side, pick up a Nalgene water bottle ($10) — perhaps the most essential accessory for any Outdoor Guy — and trick it out with a splash guard or sipper insert.
Other options: L&C has a huge bike shop, lots of kayaks and canoes, and all kinds of little accessories it’s hard to imagine needing outside the Amazon. And oh yeah, women’s clothing too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:05 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
Open House (8212 Cantrell Road) may not be the most obvious place to look for a man’s gift, but there’s actually a decent number of options there, and, sadly, the store will be closing later this summer, so everything’s marked down at least 30 percent. And if you happen to find a little something for yourself while you’re there, well, darn.
I like the various Umbra leather photo albums, especially the small, envelope-ish one (about $9 with discount). The largest one, a more traditional book style, is $21 with discount. Other options: Monogrammed leather paperweights ($17.50 on sale), money clips and business-card cases, sets of fused-glass coasters in masculine colors ($28 sale price), various desk accessories, an acrylic Razorbacks ice bucket ($38 sale price), and a selection of hand-painted, guy-themed pilsner glasses (about $18).
Even if you’re not in the market for a Father’s Day gift, this is one sale that’s worth checking out. Open House carries table linens, crystal and dinnerware, candles and picture frames and other home decor items, from the whimsical to the formal.
Store owner Eric Milner said he’s tentatively planning to be open until sometime in August, depending on how quickly his inventory disappears.
Sleuths Mystery Booksellers will be opening just in time for Father’s Day, on June 15, at the former Anthro-pop records location, 2915 W. Markham. The store will specialize in mysteries, as the name suggests, but will also carry “gently read” books in other genres. (The mystery books will be both new and used.) Owner Laura Underwood said the store will also be available for book club meetings, and will host a storytime for kids at 10 a.m. Saturday mornings, as well as Clue tournaments, creative writing classes and monthly open mic nights. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 603-9676.
Brighton Collectibles is now open in Midtowne as well. Higher-end handbags, shoes, costume jewelry and other accessories.