Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
For the past 10 years, Waldin Jewelers has adorned customers across the country with fine jewelry items, including diamond rings, earrings, and watches. With four fully stocked showrooms and a complete selection of online items, the diamond-corralling staff provides shoppers with an extensive selection of body adornments, including 0.15-ctw. fine princess-cut, diamond-stud earrings ($179) and 0.13-ctw. diamond fashion bracelets ($119). Décolleté décor items include pendants ($80+) of keys, hearts, and crosses that can be mounted on chains, as well as a 0.12-ctw. ladies Fanuk necklace ($199) with eight diamonds arranged according to size and optional superhero-summoning powers. From February 1–14, Waldin Jewelers will supply the first 50 jewel-seekers each day with a complimentary set of diamond earrings or a low-five.
The scribes of Maryland Life Magazine crisscross the Old Line State to bring readers noteworthy cuisine, elegant homes, and local happenings. Bimonthly issues contain articles praising local eateries such as Hagerstown staple Schmakerl Stube and examining how local anglers manage to snag fish from under the ice using heat vision. Recipes, gardening tips, and useful homeowner information burst from Maryland Life Magazine ’s binding, intermingling with reviews of art-gallery exhibits and profiles on socialites about town.