Visitors to The Point Bar & Grill inside Star Lanes Polaris can take comfort in familiar offerings to that of a neighborhood pub, though they aren't limited to that. Sure, the chefs specialize in sliders, gourmet pizzas, and savory tacos filled with the likes of baja fish and short ribs. And the bartenders keep their customers' pint glasses brimming with cold brews. But beyond the cushy booths and crackling fireplace lies an expansive arcade and bowling alley, packed with skee ball, air hockey, video games, and redemption prizes.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
Tropical Trends' sunny shopkeepers fill the shelves of their cheery environs with adornments for body and home alike. Freshen interior breezes with the fragrant tendrils of hand-dipped Wild Berry incense, which uncurls 40 aromas including vanilla, sandalwood, and root beer (30 sticks for $5.50). Scented WoodWick candles ($10–$12) mimic the crackles and pops of a roaring bonfire when burned, turning innocent anecdotes into instant ghost stories. Customers can also spruce up bodies with Tropical Trends' fashions and accessories—adorning digits with elegant sterling-silver rings in sizes 5–14 ($12–$22) and bodies with breezy exotic-print skirts and dresses ($18–$26) that flutter in colorful anticipation of spring breezes and summer tornado chasing.
For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
Sweet & Sassy’s stylists pamper kids during fun spa treatments incorporating lots of bubblegum pink, sugary treats, and glitter. As youngsters lounge on tangerine pillows, they receive kid-calibrated manicures and pedicures featuring sparkly nail art and toe rings. Gentle, sweet-smelling concoctions turn facials into a kid-friendly experience, and ear-piercing services add age-appropriate glam. For birthday parties, celebrants can arrive in the spa’s pink limousine before strutting down the runway in Sweet & Sassy’s glittery gowns.
Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy some of life's finer things, including fine wine and gourmet chocolate. For the past 15 years, Bliss in a Bottle owner Cheryl Sher has paired the two together in a totally unique way: bottles are wrapped in an FDA-approved removable sleeve, then dipped in a Belgian chocolate that pairs perfectly with the wine inside. The chocolate is easily unwrapped??a line zips around the bottle to unfurl the chocolate onto a platter below. A huge variety of wines are available, from the full-bodied cabernet sauvignon surrounded by a chocolate and tri-berry crush to a delicate, raspberry riesling dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a boysenberry crush.