Monahan Jewelers showcases a large inventory of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. A 14-karat white-gold band cradles princess-cut 0.45-total-carat-weight diamonds ($800), setting fingers winking with every wave or handshake. Sterling-silver hinged bangle bracelets accented with 14-karat yellow gold ($575) dangle delectably from wrists, and a large key pendant forged from sterling silver and suspended from a 20-inch sterling chain ($189) might unlock a lucky lady's heart faster than an Operation tournament champ. Monahan's marble tiles and easy-to-browse display cases invite clients into its doors and, if lucky, into its swimming pool filled with doubloons.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.
For the past eight years, the techs at C&C Carpet Care have scoured carpets in homes and offices with hot-steam extraction. They pull pet odors out of fibers with deodorizing products and shield them against future stains with Scotchgard. When they aren't cleaning rugs, they oust grime from upholstery and tile. Techs use their certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration to rescue floors and possessions from flood waters caused by rain or broken pipes. They're also certified in trauma and crime-scene cleanup—a useful skill because most crimes are committed out of an irrational hatred of carpets.
Since 1977, American Well & Irrigation has deployed licensed well and sprinkler specialists to both commercial and residential properties. Their expertise includes well repair, sprinkler-system repair, and sprinkler-system installations. Those interested in the latter can select from brands such as Rain Bird, Hunter, Myers, and Sta-Rite, of which American Well & Irrigation is an authorized dealer.
The Gourmet Grouper was born out of a fruitful business partnership between veteran seafood-market owners John Shuler and Jason Arteaga, along with Christina Monas. The three set out to create a curated supermarket utterly unlike mega-groceries—one that could provide shoppers with a tailored selection of high-quality meats, seafood, and drinks from both distant climes and local markets. "We wanted to build a grocery store that we would like to shop at," John told the Beaches Leader. Along with his childhood friend and business partner, Jason, he procures gourmet goods from his network of local and worldwide farmers, fishers, and food artisans. The result is a smorgasbord of upscale groceries that tempt shoppers with fine cheeses, dry-aged Montana beef, Gulf stone crabs, and Louisiana crawfish. The goods are ideal for planning an elegant dinner party. Seasonal potatoes and vegetables can accompany lobster tails or Chilean sea-bass filets alongside craft beers and fine wines. The market even has artisanal snacking covered with gourmet pickles crafted by local picklesmith Tim Baker, who locks the fresh veggies' flavor into delicious stasis with careful brining and mild witchcraft.