The pintsize artist considers her canvas, pintsize fingers encircling stocky pastel sticks and paintbrushes' lanky handles as she unleashes a deft slash of color. This isn?t a description of Georgia O?Keefe?s 10th birthday party?it?s just another day at Time For Art Kids' bustling studio. The studio welcomes children aged 6?13 for eight-week art classes, wherein kids are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings through creative visual images. Year-round art camps combine arts and crafts with show-and-tell and games. Time For Art Kids also sets up face-painting stations at birthday parties and other celebrations, and welcomes large groups for children's birthday parties and ladies' and parents' nights out.
Once Upon a Child is a kid-friendly marketplace where parents can buy and sell gently used children’s apparel, toys, equipment, and furniture. Each store recruits a team of buyers that carefully reviews potential merchandise and ensures that every item that goes on sale meets the store’s high standards for style, safety, and resale condition. To ensure the safety of customers’ little ones, the team stays up to date on the latest merchandise recalls and pores over each item with oversized magnifying glasses. As the beneficiaries of all this hard work, shoppers peruse brand-name merchandise sold at up to 70% off retail. Popular brands include Fisher-Price and Evenflo, and clothes boasting labels from Abercrombie, Levi’s, and Carters range in sizes from babies through girls’ size 16 and boys’ size 20.
Plato’s Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from such brands as Hollister, Abercrombie, Steve Madden, J.Crew, Guess, and American Eagle. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 0–16 for women and waist size 28–40 for men.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements. The three Triangle branches collaborate with a variety of local North Carolina athletic and wellness organizations, including Carolina Railhawks and D1 Sports Training and Therapy.
At The Mattress Capital, a knowledgeable staff of salespeople guides visitors through firm or downy mattresses that are all eager to go home and snuggle up to their new owners' slumbering forms. Guests consult with staff members before receiving a personalized tour as salespeople demonstrate the knowledge they gleaned by training one-on-one with experts until they knew each mattress like a horse trainer knows sugar-cube melting points. All of the store's mattresses, including brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Simmons, come with a 90-day comfort guarantee.
Each day, the bookkeepers at the two Mr. Mike's Used Books stores shelve hundreds of new titles. They procure many of their titles through customer sales, resulting in a constantly changing spread of bestsellers, eclectic titles, and forgotten gems. Titles range in genre and style with nonfiction African American tomes facing young-adult tales and westerns secretly pining for the damsels on nearby romance novel covers. Books start at just $0.99 to help people stock up before heading back to school or shipping off to a tropical island where they may only bring three items.