Walking into essentials is like being hit by a blinding tide of colors and products. Nothing in the store is essential, yet everything is beautiful and whimsical. Essentials is a mixed bag of purses, furniture, children's items, stationary, and books. For some, the mix is overwhelming, but I enjoy the eclectic style. Once you engage the staff, they are very helpful, but otherwise expect to have free rein of the store. Prices are in the medium to high range. The store also has a small branch in Amherst.