It seems odd, but "potential" plays a big part in my favorite places. I already mentioned that in regard to bookstores and libraries. I also love craft stores. I love thinking about all the projects that could be made with those supplies!
We have a needlework store about 45 minutes from the house. I don't go there often, but when I do, I love to linger. The shop models make me want to stitch 24/7. I spin the display racks and try to remember what I already own but haven't had time to make yet. I think about people in my life and how they would love this or that.
We used to have a couple scrapbooking stores in the area, but we are down to one shop from a large chain. Again, it is 45 minutes away, so I don't go there often. But when I do, the sample projects inspire me - to buy as well as to create. I think about cards I could make or scrapbooks. I think about papers my students would enjoy if I put them on a clipboard for school.
I will visit our local chains for quick fixes or for cheaper supplies/better deals. The most tempting for me is the fabric shop. For a person who hasn't used a sewing machine since the 7th grade, I buy an awful lot of fabric. It inspires me. I want to look at it and touch it and imagine it making something useful like a dress or a quilt.
While I haven't had much time to be crafty in the last year or two, the desire is still there. Walking into a craft store tugs at that part of me. Seeing rows of supplies or patterns or bolts of fabric makes me think of all the potential creations, potential gifts that could be made. My fingers itch to create something.