Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
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.
Admired for luminous luster since the time of the ancient Romans, pearls add a chic element to any ensemble. Jewelry designer Samantha Rose works with freshwater pearls’ natural elegance, using them to accent her handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. The pearls come in a variety of hues and sizes, allowing Samantha to craft subtle sparkle that peeps through updos and dramatic pieces that steer conversations away from the recent break-in at a clam’s house.
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Co-owners Michelle and Celeste, whose friendship began when their sons played basketball together, decided to open Blinq Lash & Brow Boutique after discovering a shared interest in cosmetology. The boutique specializes in eyelash and eyebrow enhancements, including threading, tinting, and three levels of eyelash extensions meticulously applied one synthetic lash at a time. Each of Blinq’s licensed aestheticians and cosmetologists undergoes extensive training in lash- and brow-sculpting techniques to create eyes that can hail a cab with a single wink. The contemporary salon exudes feminine grace with its soft beige walls, scintillating chandelier, and small alcove of boutique clothing and accessories.
More than 25 years ago, David D. Moon established the Sam Moon Trading Co. as a wholesaler of general merchandise and fashionable handbags. Though years have passed, its philosophy has only slightly evolved—it now deals in ladies’ fashion, accessories, and home decor but maintains its commitment to wholesale pricing. Its racks support handbags from leading designers like Misha and Nicole Lee, available in fun styles such as rosette mini bags and totes. Accessories range from aviator sunglasses to scarves, and jewelry includes Geneva watches, silver and turquoise bracelets, and pearl necklace sets that shimmer like a freshly polished flashlight.