The tech gurus at Verizon-Shift Technologies's stores stock their interactive showrooms with the latest in communication gadgetry, including chargers, cases, basic phones, and high-tech smartphones. Quench phone batteries' thirst for metal-flavored electricity with a home or car charger ($14.99–$49.99) or swaddle a mobile in a fashionable case ($4.97–$49.99) to prevent its prom date from ditching it for a trendy abacus. Mobile broadband devices ($49.99–$99.99) make suitable vessels for navigating the various detours and student drivers populating the Information Superhighway; basic phones ($29.99–$149.99) boast impressive features, such as the 1.3 megapixel camera embedded within the LG Cosmos Touch. Customers can also use a Groupon toward omnipotent smartphones ($29.99–$299.99), including the Android-powered Droid Incredible 2 by HTC and the Android-powered Thunderbolt by HTC.
Famous Footwear offers an array of fashionable hoof-hammocks, humanely branded with well-known names like PUMA, Skechers, and Naturalizer, and ready to anchor the wanderings of children, juniors, and adults. Outrun gravity’s painful punches with a pair of Nike Dual Air Fusion running shoes (women’s and men’s models), or cool off your overly hot dogs with a classic duo of Converse Chuck Taylors. Famous Footwear’s extensive selection of women’s dress shoes perform fancier footwork, adorning the fashionably frugal with such pedal accouterments as Madden Girl Fawwns, which have a trendy taupe tone that camouflages stealthy feet in an underbrush of leg. The shop features plenty of girls’ and boys’ options as well, including Crocband clogs made with antimicrobial materials to repel the germs that scour youngsters’ feet for fallen cookie crumbs.
The Phone Doctors have heard many reasons for phones being damaged—from customers dropping them on the ground to customers using them as a projectile after a mountain lion showed up on their front porch. In light of these and the many other stories the Phone Doctors' repair team hears, its techs continually train to keep pace with the rapidity of mobile-device releases and the steady stream of repair orders they receive daily from customers across the United States.
Experienced with virtually every manufacturer and carrier, the technicians perform repairs that range from touchscreen replacement to water-damage recovery. In addition to in-house repairs, they also furnish gadget owners with do-it-yourself kits that include specialized tools such as pentalobe screwdrivers and needles and thread. Further resources include online repair guides and patented magnetic ScrewMats, earning Phone Doctors praise on TreeHugger for "empowering people to do their own repairs."
In addition to its six retail locations, which accept both drop-off and mail-in orders, Phone Doctors spans to about 20 affiliate repair centers across the United States, each staffed by technicians trained by the Phone Doctors' team.
Countryside Flowers and Gifts owner Steve Baggett and his team of design specialists enhance special occasions with stunning, customizable products, including floral arrangements, bouquets, and home decor. Throughout the year, Countryside features a wide range of seasonal and holiday-themed items, and its show room is consistently packed with full lines of goodies ranging from home accessories to gourmet food baskets. The business can deliver nationwide, as well, relying on a trusted network of florists to do so.
Thompson’s General Store furnishes homes and gardens with a variety of functional indoor and outdoor accessories and necessities. Enliven outdoor spaces with a glass butterfly feeder ($11.99), which, when filled with sugar water, attracts a vibrant swarm of thirsty insects. Or fill interior living zones with delectable scents afforded by recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Home Baking Cookbook ($11.99). A bar of Grandma's Lye Soap ($4.99) relieves skin scourges and removes stains, and Nature Nosh organic dog treats reward Fido for learning to drive stick shift. Like any good general store or well-attended rave, Thompson's General Store also boasts shelves of gardening supplies, children's toys, and home décor.
Family owned and operated, Heather’s Flowers & Gifts arranges lush floral sentiments for all types of memorable milestones and everyday matador-gushing. Clients can tap the shop's skilled floral designers to custom build an arrangement, or choose from a host of pre-designed petaled starbursts to present loved ones with fragrant color. Nature’s annual pile-driving victory over Old Man Winter finds expression in a sunny ensemble of ten yellow tulips ($34.95) or a How Sweet It Is spring bouquet, which attracts compliments and friendly bee surveyors with light-orange roses, hot-pink carnations, and matsumoto asters in a glass vase ($34.95). Commemorate post-wedding limo surfing with a dashing boutonniere ($15.50) or orchid corsage ($24.50), or ignite romantic sparks with a dozen Always on My Mind red roses in fresh greens ($57.95).