Big chain department stores may be convenient, but they often can't match the selection and experience of speciality boutique stores. Here's some local shops to stop by this weekend:
: Whether you're learning how to two-step, practicing your waltz or in the market for new ballet shoes, Dancer's Closet has all you need to hit the dancer floor looking your best.
: Lady Gaga's incredible costumes and outfits don't come from any department store or retailer--they get made with her own two hands and a huge assortment of materials. If creating your own get-up strikes your fancy, Fabrics $1 to $3 has everything you'll need, and free demonstrations on how to use anything you buy.
: Don't be fooled by the name--Mr. Cheapo does have tons of CDs, but he also sells every other circular media format known to man, like DVDs, laser discs and Blu-ray, as well as cassettes and audio books.
: If nothing lights your fire like a quality cigar, J & R's has you covered, also stocking lighters, trimmers and all the necessary smoking accoutrements.
: If it's a Jewish gift you're after, Chai & Mazel has plenty to choose from, including cookbooks, kipas, Mezuzahs and more.