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, D1 Sports Training and Therapy, and Rapid Fitness.
A certified quantum neurologist with 25 years of experience treating patients with a holistic focus, Dr. David Pascal, D.C. utilizes his degree and his experience as a former Nike-sponsored World Games competitor. With expertise in cutting-edge neurological techniques, Dr. Pascal helps relieve problems that lower patients' quality of life, such as neck pain, migraines, allergies, immunological issues, digestive troubles, sports injuries, and toothbrushing elbow. Services also include detoxification treatments, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, as well as nutrition and exercise counseling to help clients achieve sustainable physical and mental wellness of the highest caliber.
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.
The bibliophiles at Mr. Mike's Used Books sort and shelve hundreds of inexpensive reads each day, creating a literary feast of fiction, nonfiction, and reference texts of every stripe. Nearly every paperback in the store retails for half the original publisher's price or less, causing angry literary agents everywhere to storm out of their offices and move into new ones without Olympic–size swimming pools. The staff at Mr. Mike's hunts down and displays all manner of children's books ($0.99+), ranging from colorful, toddler-proof board books to appropriately mature teen fiction. Half-priced audio books allow listeners to interrupt obnoxiously rambling internal monologues or combine two audio books simultaneously to create hip-hop style Dickens mash-ups. One-of-a-kind texts make a thoughtful gift for a hard-core bookie, and heavy hardcover books and large paperbacks ($3–$5) bolster anemic bookshelves and clothe naked coffee tables in alluring cover art.