There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid Rochelle Pappas, Brooke Sweet, and their professional waxen maidens at Wax Nashville. As they like to chant in unnervingly deep Latin during their pre-day huddle: if it has hair, it can be made bare. A sleek visage is easily acquired with a brow wax, cover, and fill ($35), or lip and chin wax ($12 each). Remove cumbersome hair weight in time for the Tour de France with a full leg wax ($70), underarms wax ($25), or full arm wax ($50). Or prepare for a toasty poolside afternoon with a bikini wax ($40) or Brazilian wax ($75). Dudes, meanwhile, can de-scraggle their back, neck, or shoulders ($65), streamline their chest ($50), or find out how the other half lives with a BROzilian ($125). Wax's careful and pleasant skin-slickers will target each area's overgrowth and diligently weed it out in a calm, serene environment that puts the mind at ease. This relaxed mind translates into a relaxed body right down to the tips of each follicle—loosening hair's viselike grip on the skin and making it easier and less painful to pluck out.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Baby Genius's award-winning children's products teach babies and toddlers essential skills through the power of music. Based on a bounty of research, the company's DVDs enrich the learning experience by merging classical pieces and familiar songs with vibrant images, keeping kids entertained for hours. Parents can sit back while animated animal educators teach pocket-size pupils better motor skills, dictionary-defying vocabularies, vampire-free counting, and nap-inducing dance moves that ready little ones for kindergarten and beyond.