Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.
The enthusiastic coaches at Soccer Buddies educate youngsters on the value of physical fitness and impart much-needed confidence through drills and practices that refine fundamental skills. Lessons aim to build on the foundations of balance, agility, and coordination for budding athletes as young as 10 months old. As kids get older and their skills begin to mature, they’ll also have the chance to advance through age- and skill-appropriate classes, which increase the chance that students will be fully prepared for advanced moves such as bicycle kicks and the act of kissing a World Cup trophy. Youngsters will find new physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges at every leg of the training track, and those who excel will be eligible for an invitation to the Soccer Buddies Select class, a higher-level learning environment for competitive-minded players younger than 12.
XS ThreadZ buys, sells, and swaps gently used, quality designer and brand-name clothing for stylish teens and young adults. Shoppers can mine the racks of previously owned denim, coats, and dresses in search of outfit inspiration. While prices fluctuate according to inventory and lunar cycles, visitors can usually find pants in the range of $10–$20, tops for $5–$15, and shoes for around $5–$25. The store regularly carries wares from Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci, Seven, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. Rummage through someone else’s former treasures to uncover the perfect sunglasses-and-kilt combination, or prepare for a cookout with a stylish purse, perfect for taking uneaten hot dogs to go.
Glass Doctor first debuted as a solitary repair shop in Seattle in 1962 and gradually expanded its base to include the more than 300 locations that now treat glass of all types, shapes, and sizes. Each outpost’s experienced technicians tackle problematic panes of all kinds, repairing or replacing glass in homes, offices, and cars with a diagnostic prowess rarely seen outside of child prodigy doctors. The experts extend their knowledge to custom projects, such as shower doors made from Alumax, CRL, and Cardinal glass, and beveled mirrors.
For 34 years, Dick Kelly and his team of friendly sofa herders have collected fine specimens of used furnishings of all stripes and styles. The spacious showroom lays out an impressive spread of household accessories ideal for every room, such as a serpentine front sofa table ($165), or a Belmar sofa ($375), cushioning popcorn-chomping movie buffs and competitive couch-surfers alike. In addition to peddling cushiony recliners and sofas, Platte Furniture swaddles sleepers in a full set of colorful Egyptian-cotton bed sheets ($40–$50), decking out mattresses with flat sheets, fitted sheets, and two pillowcases. Like the sheets that graced King Tutankhamun's racecar bed, the more than 1,000 thread-count textiles soothe snoozers with the silky texture of a high-strength microfiber.
When Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa threw open its doors in May of 2012, it didn't expect any housewarming presents. Instead, the spa doled out gifts in the form of relaxing services and fashionable accessories. Hyacinth's therapists and aestheticians perform soothing and therapeutic massages as well as Egyptian sugaring treatments, the same hair removal method Cleopatra used on her pet asps.