For Melissa and Aaron Rowland, opening Bumble Boutique was simply the next step in following their passions and dreams. Melissa had already kindled an intense love of quality, affordable baby merchandise, and the duo’s combined passion for providing for their daughter inspired them to help other parents achieve the same. They opened Bumble Boutique in 2005, lining the shelves of their boutique with children's clothing, toys, and accessories by brands such as Bailey Boys, Douglas, and Wee Ones. The baby-pampering paraphernalia is also available in an online store, allowing guardians to stay at home and teach their little bundle how to tie a tie while sleepwear, pillows, and blankies and apparel for both boys and girls come to them through the mail.
Longtime Columbia resident Chris Moseley opened his Play It Again Sports store in 1997, eventually earning his parent company's Gold Standard Seal for exemplary customer service and for the quality and range of his inventory. The shop's revolving selection outfits athletes of all persuasions with protective apparel and appropriate gear. Cleats, mitts, and baseball bats fill shelves, along with golf clubs and lacrosse sticks. Moseley's shop also supports waterborne sports, such as kayaking and chasing mermaids, as well as wintertime pursuits, such as skiing and chasing snowmen. Exercise equipment such as weights, kettlebells, and treadmills also helps keep bodies in good health.
The experienced leather doctors at Dickson's Old Cobbler Shoe Repair apply their nimble hands to all manner of footwear. Cobblers can repair the full soles and heels on a pair of men or women's shoes, repair the corkbed and soles on Birkenstocks, or entirely recraft tattered cowboy boots. Technicians keep leathers looking luxurious with a shine job on boots, purses, and jackets, or heighten shoes up to 1.25 inches so customers can finally reach the height required to vote.
Featuring an abundance of indoor inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses, Monkey Joe's caters to energetic kids and their break-desperate parents regardless of the day's forecast. Today's Groupon lets you and your youngster swing by for a bout of supervised bouncing during any of the gym's open hours, which take place every day of the week ($7.99 admission Monday–Friday; $8.99 admission on weekends). Adults always get in for free, but are asked not to jump on the play equipment unless they are watching a child four years or younger or just won bingo. Instead, accompanying elders can relax in Monkey Joe's amenity-laden parent nook, which features comfortable seating, free wireless internet, flat-screen televisions, and computer stations that never need you to wipe their nose. Kids three years and younger can scoot confidently about the super-soft surfaces of the separate Mini Monkey Zone.
A savvy charity clothing resale shop, Revente’s Last Call carries fashionable, name-brand garments for style seekers while donating all net profits to The Women’s Shelter. The clothing and accessory supply at Revente's Last Call brims with a bounty of upscale name-brand men's and women's attire, accessories, books, and potion ingredients. Recently acquired merchandise includes Moschino shoes ($35, retails for $395), a Talbots blazer ($15, retails for $100), and a Francesca Biasia handbag, which also doubles as a priceless Francesca Biasia hat ($30, retails for $278).