James McGuffey, owner of Alamo Door & Awning, built his business on a simple guarantee: he promises customer satisfaction with his newly installed or repaired garage doors, garage-door openers, and extendable awnings, or he doesn't charge for the service. To deliver on such a pledge, he maintains a team of top-notch technicians and a stock of most of the hardware needed for any job. He even sells the hardware piecemeal to those who want to attempt repairs on their own, providing helpful advice and tips for such do-it-yourself projects on his website.
Since 1954, Ray's Pharmacy has provided customers with prescription medicine, vaccinations, and trademark service at each location. Their team of expert pharmacists specializes in compounding, which is the practice of formulating customized medicines based on each client’s unique physiology. The full-service pharmacy not only fills prescriptions, but also provides free health information, a variety of immunizations, and home delivery for all medications.
Depending on the location, customers can stop by the gift store to pick up items such as scented candles, greeting cards, and Western–style apparel. An appointment-only gun department also outfits gun racks with high-quality shooters from makers such as Glock, Colt, and Smith & Wesson. Additionally, the Mansfield location houses a Suzy Q’s Soda Fountain & Grill, hearkening back to the days when customers could enjoy delicious soda and banana splits at their local drugstore and quarters still had Chester A. Arthur’s face on them.
The art connoisseurs at Creative Hands guide patrons of all ages through the artistic process with a cache of ready-to-paint plaster and ceramic items. Equipped with provided paints and glazes, budding Picassos can transform bare figurines, plates, bowls, and goblets into masterpieces as personalized as the Mona Lisa's thumbprint. Guests can tote away freshly decorated plaster pieces after a 30- to 45-minute glazing-and-drying process or enlist the warming powers of a kiln to seal in a ceramic creation's luster and then pick up the fired work of art a week later. Creative Hands' roomy studio fosters a suitable space for large groups or birthday parties and houses a ladies' night on the first Thursday of every month.
A PADI five-star diving facility, Arlington Scuba Center, Inc. first opened its doors in 1972. Since then, the shop's scuba instructors have helped countless divers obtain PADI open-water certification. The lessons start within the facility's classroom and pool and eventually progress to natural locations, such as the five-story bathtub at Clear Springs Scuba Park, so students can complete dives in real-world conditions. Aside from this standard certification, the staff teaches advanced courses in which students can train for search-and-rescue missions or float above the hull of a sunken ship. Back on dry land, staffers man Arlington Scuba Center's dive shop, where they sell fins, masks, and other equipment from respected brands such as Aqua Lung and Henderson.
Each year, StanzaTextbooks supports the world of academia with its selection of rental textbooks, college apparel, and school supplies. Its two store locations help students at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas scratch off titles from their textbook lists and fill their closets with school pride. When students can't make it to the store, StanzaTextbooks's online search engine allows them to pinpoint rental books by title, author, keyword, or ISBN. The online service processes thousands of nationwide orders monthly and offers free delivery. Though the rental textbooks may contain highlighter trails, minor nicks, or doodles by Albert Einstein, the staff keeps its shelves clear of books with torn pages and ripped covers.
The expert team at Velociti Fitness League has created a unique, health-centered gym bustling with a variety of activities all designed to help guests get in shape. They offer group fitness classes that include yoga and Pilates, as well as more aerobic-centered classes such as TRX Suspension Training and Xtreme Kickboxing. A fighting ring holds groups learning martial arts such as wrestling and brazilian jujitsu, and rows of cardio machines allow guests to set their own workout paces. In addition to the physical challenges, Velociti Fitness League offers cryotherapy, a hypercooling process that aims to improve skin and burn calories, and massages designed to soothe away the tension in muscles left over from being so cold.