Navroze S. Mehta and his daughter, Sonali Mehta Rao—the co-founders of MyMela—named their online marketplace after the festive gathering of sellers and buyers common to an Indian town square. Though they envisioned the store as a means by which to empower India’s artisans and forge meaningful connections among people separated by geographies, Navroze recently told Forbes that their inspirations were also personal. “Growing up in India, I was surrounded by the beauty of handcrafted products for both decorative and everyday use,” he says, and Sonali’s internship experiences in India showed her how desperate the makers of those beautiful products had become. Through MyMela, they work together to build a bridge between India’s master craftsmen and America’s customers—one that harnesses the power of a global economy to benefit both sides.
When they purchase their one-of-a-kind necklaces, picture frames, rugs, and other artisanal items, customers can also choose to help fund MyMela loans, a program that supplies interest-free loans to artists who then use the capital to continue their work and increase their quality of life.
In Great Balls of Yarn's four boutiques, knitters and crocheters of all experience levels browse more than 20,000 balls of yarn, including luxurious fibers from Trendsetter and Noro as well as hand-dyes from Prism and Malabrigo. Talented fiber artists guide knitters and crocheters as they transform vibrant fibers into wearable works of art during beginner through advanced classes. Project-specific sessions focus on creating table runners, borders for blankets, and baby booties to keep wee ones' feet warm and steps soundless during midnight refrigerator raids. Amid the shops' soft lighting, tapestries intermix with shelves of color-coded worsted and washable yarns alongside cashmeres and silks. Great Balls of Yarn also arms textile technicians with needles, notions, and books full of inspiration and yarn-charming incantations.
The driving force behind Boca Back Pain & Chiropractic Center can be summed up in one word: flexibility. Doctor of Chiropractic Derek Friedman ultimately improves clients’ ability to bend or hustle unsuspecting rubes in Twister tournaments with spinal adjustments, massage therapy, and decompression. Clients, however, needn’t worry about bending over backward when it comes to scheduling their treatments. The office takes pride in the fact that for most services, except massage, there's no need to make appointments. This comes in handy when a patient is dealing with severe back pain or needs help ameliorating a migraine attack.
A red awning shelters a showcase of fresh, simple Italian treats assembled to entice Town Center mall shoppers. As baristas brew Segafredo coffee beans and artfully prepare cappuccinos and americanos, patrons scan the menu of prosciutto and fresh-mozzarella paninis, soups, and salads. After lunch, cannolis and other classic Italian pastries provide a sweet treat, as does the café’s housemade gelato.
Along with its regular bistro service, Cafe Gelato & Panini accommodates groups with customized catering packages, which can prevent the loud thunder of rumbling stomachs from ruining a birthday party or a screening of a 1950s filmstrip entitled The Digestive System.
The afternoon sun slices through Lucx Boutique's wide windows, illuminating the feminine details on beaded dresses and statement heels modeled by discerning manikins. Inside, the shop bustles as ladies of all ages skim through the racks of sophisticated, classic threads. Many of the shoppers learned about the store thanks to enthusiastic praise from local press, such as Boca Raton and Simply the Best, and chic Magic 8 balls. They’re rewarded for stopping in with seasonal cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and everyday jeans and tees stitched by New York and LA designers such as Jovani, Yoyo Yeung, alice + olivia, and Betsy Moss.
Bfit Wear’s online emporium of stylish fitness gear readies women of all ages for workouts with activewear from labels such as Ion, Booty Wrap, T-Party, and Bfit’s own line of apparel. Like the high-speed treadmill runways of Milan and Paris, Bfit Wear fuses high fashion and fitness, clothing women and girls in breathable, comfy threads of yoga and Pilates wear. Cozy capris and yoga pants from brands such as Sugarlips and Hard Tail form-fit to legs during feathered-peacock or couch-potato poses. Eco-friendly garments from Ivee gird forms in snug stitches made from renewable bamboo, and an ample selection of accessories fully equips customers for exercise.