You’ll be tickled pink at all the fun finds in 903 Handmade (253 S. Broadway Ave.), another new hot spot in Off the Square. Tables and shelves nearly overflow with gift items, and you’ll want most for yourself. There are fabric cosmetic bags in vibrant designs and colors, fun socks (decorated with yetis, caution tape, flamingos, buffalo and watermelons), handcrafted jewelry (with beads or keys or letter-stamped metal discs) and handy little leather cord keepers. The fabric-covered passport sleeves in a dozen or more designs are a steal at $10 each.
Neighboring El Guapo Records (257 S. Broadway Ave.) serves as a window to the past, with equal doses of nostalgia and chill groovy vibes. Old vinyl finds range from Michael Jackson to Midnight Cowboy soundtrack to Grateful Dead, and there’s much to be discovered among the CD collection, too. If you’re looking for a turntable or other stereo needs, they’re probably here. DJs spin records on some Wednesday evenings, and there’s spoken word open mic nights, too.
Another few doors away, Moon Rivers Naturals (265 S. Broadway Ave.) helps us take better care of ourselves. The line of skin care products made with essential oils and other natural ingredients — many of which smell divine — includes several kinds of soaps and moisturizers. Coconut milk face wash, peppermint-lava salt hand and body wash, coffee-grapefruit scrub, rose-geranium bath soak and myriad incense varieties add up to a lot of irresistible purchases. There’s even beard oil for guys, too.