Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
It has been said that smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, which explains why visitors to Scentchips Cocoa Village often linger in nostalgic reverie over the store’s 64 varieties of wickless candle chips. The possibilities don’t stop at these elemental aromas, as each can be blended with up to three others to create more than 30,000 unique scent combinations. Carved into the shapes of leaves and flowers, the chips simmer in warmers that diffuse their scents throughout the rooms of your home, masking pet odors and the smell of fear that emanates from under your child’s bed.
For more than 35 years, Knit and Stitch has fueled the creation of woolly masterpieces with a stock of more than 30 brands of yarn and 4,000 cross-stitch patterns, fibers, specialty threads, and accessories. Thimble-thumbed patrons can knit sweaters, tea cozies, and actual tea reproductions with yarn skeins from Plymouth Jeanne ($3.95), Universal Uptown ($4.99), and Kertzer Marble Chunky ($13.95). Fiber and specialty threads intertwine on hand-painted and blank cross-stitch canvases ($4–$20) to craft embroidered effigies. More than 600 titles of counted thread leaflets and charts are available to guide crafters through cross-stitch projects, just as a beloved family recipe guides confused grandchildren into ominous shops full of herbs and potions. Customers can select their weapons of choice from a selection of embroidery hoops, Gingher scissors, and needles from Anchor, John James, and Piecemaker.
The florists at Space Coast Bamboo's plant professionals help customers ornament their homes with flowers and exotic trees as well as helm classes on bamboo growing. The plant nursery brims with bright poinsettias ($8–10), various cacti ($10), and warm-colored camellias ($20). Or enliven backyard greenery with a sapling cherry tree ($30), which is eligible for delivery and installation ($10–$45+ depending on location).
With an area encompassing a track and hobby shop, the nearly 14,000-square-feet state-of-the-art racing facility at Space Coast R/C is the ultimate pathway for high-speed competition enthusiasts. The venue offers track time to drivers of levels from avid racers to curious spectators. Drivers watch and control electric off-road 1/8 and 1/10 scale vehicles from the driver stand, which can accommodate up to 20 drivers, navigating them over the course's challenging turns and around sharp corners. Lap timing encourages racers to monitor their progress with increased speed, spurring them to take smoother turns and avoid bumping into the yellow tubing that forms the track's boundaries. After races, hobbyists can peruse the onsite pro-shop for new car chassis and replacement parts to keep their rides in top performing shape. Space Coast R/C also makes their venue available for guests looking to celebrate a variety of functions such as birthdays and business meetings.
Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.