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.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the FAQ using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
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).
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).