In 1927, Jack Cohen had a vision. Packing a pushcart full of high-quality frames, he began to sell fashionable spectacles to his fellow merchants along New York City's Orchard Street. After expanding into a small shop on a Lower East Side corner, that humble little cart has since evolved into more than 100 retail outlets known as Cohen's Fashion Optical, where customers fortify their eyesight with a range of acuity-boosting products and services. Rows of frames boast the signature contours of several designer brands, including Tag Heuer, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, and Gucci. In the onsite lab, opticians craft brand-new, custom lenses, including ones that self-adjust to different lighting conditions. Meanwhile, licensed optometrists help renew prescriptions and ensure ocular health during eye exams that measure eye coordination, refraction, and the curvature of the cornea, a concept originally discovered by Ferdinand Magellan when he looked through the wrong end of his spyglass.
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Papa Wheelie's caters to every type of rider, where they're simply looking for a quick way to get to the grocery store or are competing in a triathlon. The shop offers everything riders need to take to the streets, from cycling apparel and helmets to the bikes themselves?including options with an electronic drivetrain to make shifting easy in any terrain, whether pavement or quicksand. If you already own a bike but it's in need of repairs, a team of technicians can fix brakes or refit new wheels to keep you rolling in optimum condition. Then, once you're back on two wheels, you can join one of the shop's group rides to zoom around town with like-minded neighbors.
It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.
Years before Dan and Maria founded DBC City Bike design, the duo resolved to reduce their dependence on gasoline. This resolution led the couple to Europe, where they hopped aboard Dutch bicycles that redefined how they thought about comfort on two-wheeled mounts. When Dan and Maria returned stateside, they began importing and selling these revolutionary rides through their new store, The Dutch Bicycle Company (The DBC). However, the hills, long-distance commutes, and stairs that define many American cities revealed many inconveniences in the unmodified Dutch model, so DBC added City Bike design to its name and they began building their custom Swifts, calibrated to handle the rigors of urban, bike-riding lifestyles. Today, the founding couple and their design staff build these bikes to order, modify existing rides, and provide tune-ups that, like prison-gang relay races, keep chains moving smoothly and swiftly.
The first Giant-brand-owned bike shop in America, Giant Cycling World peddles Giant bicycles and accessories as well as merchandise from vendors such as Shimano, Fox, Michelin, and more. The store’s full-service repair shop caters to the two-wheeled needs of competitive cyclists, recreational riders, and commuters, most of whom depend on their mountain bikes to reach their otherwise-inaccessible mountain jobs. A resident bike buff will conduct a thorough standard tune-up on customers’ banana-seated steeds, beginning with an inspection of all the bikes’ parts. Next, the 10-speed technician will adjust derailleurs, brakes (which may require bleeding for an additional fee), headsets, and bottom brackets before tightening every last nut and bolt. Marvel as newly trued wheels spin with the youthful vigor of a newborn trike and freshly lubricated cables and chains make formerly squeaky structures as quiet as a mouse-wearing moccasins. After completing a wipe-down of the frame and fork, Giant’s pleasant pedal pros will release the bicycle back into the wild to join its pack. Should your foot-powered street stallion require more extensive work, the tune-up also includes a 50% discount on the labor needed to install new parts and accessories.