It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
From a single shop in Columbus, Ohio in 1971, Lion's Den has grown into a 40-location adult empire. The secret to the company's success is simple enough: Lion's Den tries to offer something for every adult that enters one of their stores or browses the virtual shop, including men, women, and couples. Their inventory reveals toys, lingerie, and gifts for bachelor and bachelorette parties, plus hundreds of other items. Sales staff strive to create a comfortable, professional environment in each store, standing ready to answer questions with knowledge and sensitivity.
Columbus State Community College’s picturesque Bridgeview course challenges golfers of all skill levels with a par-36, nine-hole arrangement of grassy slopes. Cart-transported rod-swingers can chase dimpled balls through Bridgeview's well-maintained fairways, grass-skirt roughs, and bentgrass greens nestled alongside the serene banks of Alum Creek. To shoot close to the course's par-36 rating, clubbers will have to avoid water hazards and sand bunkers with strictly precise and calculated strokes or bribing the bunkers beforehand. Though not included in this Groupon, golfers can calibrate swings at one of 30 heated and sheltered practice tees located in Bridgeview Golf's driving range.
Furniture Land's savvy design team stays on the lookout for new trends in interiors, stocking the store’s two show rooms with classic and contemporary collections from designers including Ashley and Coaster. The store also offers custom upholstering for shoppers who can’t find what they’re looking for among the show rooms’ selection of leather sofas, microfiber love seats, bedroom sets, and more. Expedited delivery is free to homes and walk-in terrariums located within 8 miles.
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.
roll: was founded on a very simple idea. Riding a bike is fun, exciting, inspiring, and even life changing. Shopping for a bike isn’t. We were left asking, how could something that inspires so much passion and enjoyment, be so complicated, confusing and difficult. We just didn’t get it. So we did something about it!