Woodbridge Pools and Ski specializes in the recreational enjoyment of water in two of its fundamental states: chlorinated and powdery. During the summer months, it keeps pools cool and inviting with installations, filters, chemicals, and accessories. When the weather turns colder and locals trade in their Speedos for the slopes, the company unveils its inventory of employee-tested winter-sports equipment by brands such as Burton, Arbor, Flow, and DC, as well as rentals of Völkl skis and snowboards and professional tune-ups.
MonkeySports Superstore encases bodies in preparation for skating, swinging, and dodging with an emporium of hockey, lacrosse, and roller-hockey equipment. Major sporting brands, such as Reebok, CCM, and Under Armor, keep the store stocked in quality gear that can stand up to tough games and hockey-stick-munching beavers. After suiting up in puck-reflecting armor, take aim with items including the Reebok 7K Sickick II Griptonite stick junior (currently on sale for $64.98) and Nike Bauer Vapor XXV Jr. hockey gloves (currently on sale for $29.98). For grass soldiers wielding netted wands, peruse the selection of lacrosse sticks (starting at $24.99) or Warrior footwear (starting at $34.99).
Mint Pros works with a roster of nearly 50 past and present ballplayers to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including stadium tours that explore the inner workings of historic ballparks. During these tours, former big-leaguers lead groups behind the scenes to explore areas that aren't normally accessible to visitors, such as the dugouts, press boxes, and laboratories where the best umpires are cryogenically frozen. Throughout the year, Mint Pros also organizes autograph shows, meet 'n' greets, and luxury suite packages for games, which are highlighted by appearances from select players.
Ali's Motorcycle Apparel Shop keeps motorcyclists geared up and kitted out with items to help them safely and stylishly tackle the open road. Highway warriors can protect their skulls with Department of Transportation-certified helmets, and rely on leather gloves to keep their hands safe during high-speed high-fives with oncoming motorcyclists. Saddlebags and tool bags, meanwhile, can ensure valuables stay put during long road trips.
Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries, daisy pineapples, and tomatoes getting in touch with their fruit roots in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.: