Dear web-designers, I've just joined the forum and was wondering if any of you could help me come up with a better solution to my issue.

I'm [trying] to develop a very minimalist layout for an e-commerce site and I need to filter the items that will be displayed on the home page (featured items) according to the user's preferences. As shown on the below image:

I would like to use a simple menu on top to filter the items, avoiding scroll down menus like the plague. As you can see from the image, my solution isn't great as it's not giving users many options. For example if they click on Sort by Location, how would they choose the location they want to see? I want to avoid drop down menus please so any other suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks a million,