The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
In addition to selling, renting, and servicing an orchestral array of new and preplayed instruments at their showroom, Pellegrino Music Center’s tunesmiths tutor musical apprentices with instrumental instruction taught through the Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy. During 30-minute lessons at the center’s adjacent teaching facility, instructors skilled in instrumental varieties from voice to strings and horns to percussion walk students through one-on-one tutorials, preempting the risk of cluttered classrooms or dueling banjos. First-time students learn music-making basics like where to strum, when to change keys, and how to tell if a saxophone is about to molt, and strings relax and horns exhale under the deft control of experienced pupils in intermediate and advanced lessons tailored to their training level.
Bead Boutique offers amateur jewelers of any age the opportunity to design fun creations in a trendy, upscale environment. Customers can choose from a large selection of interchangeable jewelry from designers such as Kameleon, Staxx jewelry, and Miche Bag handbags. For elegant, personally made jewelry, guests can peruse the selection of gem stones, charm beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, Bali silver, and Vermeil gold-filled beads.
A simple whiteboard hangs behind the counter at Honey Bee’s Sweet Treats Cafe, displaying the day’s specials from breakfast through dessert in neat handwriting. Inside the cozy café, self-taught baker Briana rouses morning appetites with eggs, sausage, and cheese paninis and caters to lunchtime cravings with grilled-chicken wraps and pizza that shuns its Italian heritage in its union with french bread. She bakes nearly 20 types of gourmet cupcakes—such as blueberry overload and caramel delight—and decadent muffins with real banana, pumpkin, and apples. Briana can also transform some of her cookies, brownies, and cakes into sugar-free treats upon request.
With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Occupying 45,000 square feet, Adventure Landings encourages youngsters to expend excess energy during open-play sessions, birthday parties, or other special events. Kids and their parents can ricochet across five inflatables, including an outer-space-themed bounce house and an obstacle course, or whizz down a floor-to-ceiling side in the gymnasium. They can also strap into a safety harness and scale the climbing wall, which rewards strategic planning and amateur-yodeling attempts. A toddler play area caters to younger tykes, and an on-site cafe helps keep kids' energy meters fully charged.