The sentiment specialists at Personally Yours assemble intricate floral arrangements and gifts. With each order, customers receive one dozen fresh and delicate roses to bestow upon friends, spouses, or hardworking bees. Through each of a vast selection of fresh floral arrangements, houseplants, and gift baskets, the staff helps to enliven recipients’ homes and office spaces.
Baby & Belly and Hopscotch occupies a prodigious storefront loaded with a cache of wares for babies, children, and expecting mothers. Founded by two sisters looking to stay in vogue with buns in the oven, the originally modest shop has expanded with the demand for dapper matriarchal duds. Expectant fashionistas can sift through flattering and current attire by Olian Maternity and Michael Stars ($20-$150). Couture devotees with fully cooked baked goods can pick up a classy diaper bag ($80–$350) or children's clothing by labels such as Baby Lulu and Tooby Doo.
Takeaway Gourmet facilitates healthy eating habits by portioning out meals into servings of 500 calories or less. Gourmet breakfasts such as apple-cinnamon waffles and dinners such as chicken tacos come packaged with nutrition information that includes calories, fat, and sodium content. Takeaway Gourmet offers delivery, or customers can pick up their healthy feasts, then run home with their Toyota Corolla strapped to their back.
At 7:15 in the morning, kids begin to arrive at Odyssey Early Learning, with 4- and 5-year-olds dashing to the door, and babies and younger children drowse on a parent's shoulder. Inside, the staff—all trained in early childhood care—greet the kids and direct parents to a sign outside posting the activities of the day. Teachers corral students as young as 6 weeks and as old as 5 years into age-appropriate peer groups.
In class, instructors blend play and academics, engaging little right brains with music and art lessons and creating new left-brain folds with science projects, math problems, and reading. Throughout the activities, the staff aims to develop social, emotional, intellectual, and motor skills to better prepare kids for the classroom, playground, and tree-house conference room. At the end of the day, parents get a daily feedback report, and every month, staffers prepare a progress report. Parents can also monitor classroom behavior via an eye-in-the-sky webcam, accessible through a password-protected website.
LeVu Boutique boasts a mélange of garments and accessories to drape shoppers in trendy gear. An ever-shifting inventory sports new arrivals every one to two weeks, ensuring that clotheshorses' wardrobes stay fresh and closets keep that new price tag smell. Skirts and dresses ($29–$45) adorn torsos, and a medley of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces (starting at $13) lend shine to extremities. Fashion-forward femmes can cinch their waists with stylish belts (starting at $10) or raid cookies from the top of the refrigerator in a pair of high heels ($20–$45) from LeVu's collection.
Shannon’s Distinctive Fashions lavishes each patron with personalized attention to assemble outfits of attractive jeans, dresses, jackets, and accessories suitable for the coastal clime. Don an outfit composed entirely of items from popular brands, including Analili, Mesmerize, and Weston Wear, or confuse disobedient arms by suiting them in jeans by Worn, David Kahn, or Cookie Johnson. A variety of jewelry ($20–$40) bedecks appendages, and stylish sunglasses ($18–$69) shade irises from constant squirt-gun fire. Feet get protection from the summertime sidewalk heat in Meeka beaded flip-flops ($37).