Boasting more than 150 superstores nationwide, Hastings keeps entertainment enthusiasts entertained and enthused with 20,000 square feet of new and used movies, music, games, books, novelty gifts, and more. Adorn coffee tables with an array of readable coasters, including Jon Stewart's Earth ($13.99 used/$18.99 new), or add to video libraries with a vast selection of classic and newly released DVDs, such as The Social Network ($19.38 new). Hastings also hooks up sundry electronics with helpful accessories such as the iPod Touch G3 Defender case ($19.99), which protects portable jukeboxes from spillage and Henry Winkler's elbow. Hastings' rental service for films and video games makes it as easy to try before you buy as the popular online service NetHusbands.
Outdoor nuptials on Country Home Weddings's 200-acre farm unfold in front of a tiny white gazebo, shaded by arching tree boughs. The venue recently opened an equally romantic indoor hall, strung with small white lights that cast an ethereal glow over ceremonies. The company's culinary team can complete weddings with catered spreads that range from mini quiches and shrimp on ice to hearty main dishes such as tortellini and brisket.
At Get Fit, road-runners and cheetah-chasers can equip themselves with the equipment and advice they need to make the most of their workout. The experienced and friendly staff of fellow trail-conquering runners can help customers acquire the right threads, such as Moving Comfort sports bras ($44.99) and The North Face running skirts ($45.99) for gals, and The North Face and New Balance running shirts for gents ($25.99–$38.99). Likewise, choose from accessories such as Tifosi eyewear ($59.99) and Balega socks ($9.99), and shoes spanning the fitness gamut from Asics to Saucony, with a range of styles and designs fit for casual strutters to mega-marathoners. Visitors are encouraged to bring in old shoes so expert sole-seeking clairvoyants can visualize stepping styles. A free gait analysis is included with any shoe purchase.
With an array of equipment and apparel, Golf Headquarters of Amarillo outfits men, women, and wee ones for the triumphant launching of projectile orbs. Increase confidence for tee offs on the green with a set of clubs from top brands, including Callaway, Titleist, and Taylor Made. A dozen Nike golf balls ($15.99–$44.99) can be sent sailing with a driver ($99.99+) or a wedge ($29.99+), and children who have outgrown the mini-golf course can try their hand at mature club twirling with a lightweight junior club by US Kids ($24.99–$39.99). Protect hands from feisty blades of grass or demanding, mid-tournament crossword puzzles with a pair of golf gloves ($9.99+), and keep feet suited up with Adidas Golflite men’s shoes ($59.99). The RJ Sports junior stand bag weighs only 3.2 pounds and boasts a dual-strap carry system, providing a comfortable way to haul clubs and emotional baggage from a runaway golf cart ($39.99).
Since opening in 2000, Interior Innovations has grown from a tiny wallpaper store into a full-service interior design headquarters. In its 3,000-square-foot showroom, blinds and shutters by Kirsch, Texton, Graber, and TimberBlind hang on displays, daring the sun to poke through their well-placed slats. Elsewhere in the store, customers browse more than 1,000 sample books of fabric swatches from fabric and trim lines such as Fabricut, Trend, and Kasmir as they visualize future custom window treatments and bedding or upholstery. Paints by Benjamin Moore and Modern Masters and Interior Innovations combine with wallpapers from brands such as Thibaut, Seabrook, and Ronald Redding to make walls as vibrantly colored as Andy Warhol’s sock drawer. Customers add the finishing touches to rooms with custom-ordered bar stools and home accessories such as lamps and framed art.