Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Kenny Tang, the chef behind eponymous eatery Kenny Tangs, began his culinary career more than three decades ago. Under the tutelage of one of China's most distinguished chefs, he learned to craft exquisite dim sum in the Chinese tradition. Today, he continues to create savory dumplings, wontons, and other traditional dim sum treats, but has also designed his own arsenal of upscale Asian-fusion dishes. His menu has won fans across the nation, including big-name politicians such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
On a typical night at Kenny Tangs, the kitchen fills with the aroma of whole ducks roasting and tender beef sizzling in woks with fragrant orange peel. Chefs saut? noodles with ingredients such as barbecue pork or wild mushrooms, and sear filets of Scottish salmon. Guests can end their meals on a sweet note by ordering dessert such as banana rolls or green tea ice cream, or by pulling their best Shirley Temple impression while tipping the waiter.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
With cell-phone oases spread across the continental US, Cricket Wireless keeps people in touch without shackling customers to burdensome contracts. Linked with the company?s own 3G network, handsets from Samsung or Android and BlackBerry smartphones allow customers to explore the internet at high speeds from the comfort of their own phones. The stores also carry accessories that expand each phone?s functionality, from speakers that add extra thump to MP3s to memory cards with enough space to hold photos, music, and live recordings of last night?s dreams.
Dr. Gary Goberbille of Eyesite Vision Center isn't satisfied with simply peering into the pupil with a little handheld light. Instead, he relies on advanced technology during his exams. Board-certified to spot a host of eye diseases, he photographs the back of the eyeball with Optomap retinal equipment, which not only reveal tumors and swallowed contact lenses, but telegraph ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Staffed by a team of nationally certified trainers, nutritionists, and former body builders, All 4 One Fitness provides a unique and personal plan for success. Trainers match the fitness routine to the needs of each client, shaping sessions around core strength, agility training, or increased flexibility. Instructors also offer specialized treatment plans for individuals batting diabetes, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and heart conditions.