Nutrition club Epic Energy's mix masters blend 20-ounce smoothies that brim with nutrients and flavors ranging from fruity to decadent. Customers can slurp down the protein-rich Chunky Monkey, which whirls an energy-laden protein base with chocolate, banana, and chunks of brownie bar to form a healthy treat packed with amino acids, the body's Legos. Or patrons can celebrate fruit pairings with a cooling strawberry-banana sip, a rich white-chocolate strawberry, or the mendacious taste of a healthy banana cream pie.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Certified home stager Jan Barnes knows how to change a person's perspective. When she meets with a client preparing to sell a house, one of the first things she does is ask them to step into the shoes of someone investing in a home. Then a walk through of the interior and exterior brings out the important questions that will make the most difference: What furniture would a buyer want to see? Which color palette? How should it all be arranged? Asking those questions is what helps her achieve results for the client: in her experience, her company's designs have seen homes sell for up to 10% more money and in half the time as comparable non-staged homes.
When bringing a staging design to life, Jan's team often rents furniture and decor accents, making things easier for current owners who may have already moved or whose furniture doesn't match the new layout. Beyond staging, Jan and her team are also interior designers, helping families make their own homes more livable and rekindling the way they felt when they first moved in or microwaved their first burrito there.