Drew Johnson and his friend Jordan harbored a secret dream to own a thrift shop from the earliest years of their friendship, as far back as middle school. They schemed for years, and when a space opened in the heart of the community where they both grew up, they didn’t hesitate. The duo opened Urban Thrift, stocking it with recycled and reusable clothing, jewelry, appliances, and furniture.
Though they keep it spotlessly clean, Drew and Jordan still celebrate the raw, urban feel of their space. “Our dressing room utilizes cinder blocks and gas piping, our ceiling is exposed, our floor is unfinished concrete, and that’s how we like it,” said Drew. They don’t forget the community that fostered them and their dream, either, giving donations to local churches and school clubs.
T. Hee Greetings & Gifts' ever-changing selection of candles, party supplies, and custom-printed greeting cards brims from kaleidoscopic shelves, enriching special occasions and everyday experiences alike. The store's bevy of gifts and stationery supplies rotates regularly, bringing in a constant influx of new, distinctive products such as custom stamps ($30), custom iPhone skins ($29.95), and personalized scarves ($24). Note cards emblazoned with a name or initial, such as Crane hand-engraved initial correspondence cards, lend a personalized touch to correspondence—from lengthy love letters to passive-aggressive notes on a roommate's unwashed dishes or unfinished Frankenstein creatures. Mom agendas ($39.95–$42.95) keep parental reminders effortlessly organized, while cross-themed notepads ($7.95) spritz grocery lists with vibrant color. Party supplies and thoughtful gifts lavish guests of honor at any age, with decorative verbena bamboo candles ($27.95) ideal for grownups and Klutz face-painting books ($24.95) ideal for children and undercover CIA agents.
Hail is a natural byproduct of clouds, nature's most antisocial water formation. Every year, hailstones can cause one billion dollars worth of damage to crops and property. Cars everywhere can fall victim to these falling aggressors, suffering dents, dings, and even Dolphs in the metal. To convex your car's concavities, make an appointment and roll your golf-balled ride into one of the Four Seasons locations. Their experts will extract, extort, pull, prod, or coax the dings back to the surface, smoothing the metal and banishing dimpling without damaging the finish. Since it doesn't involve a new paint job, paintless dent removal avoids the dangers of incorrect color matching or overspray and also acts as an important first step in preventing your ride from developing rust.
The instructors at 37 Ways seek not to be mere tutors but mentors as well, guiding students toward a better understanding of math concepts, computer programs, Chinese, and standardized testing. Small group lessons and one-on-one instruction cover many types of math from pre-algebra onward, as well as SAT and ACT prep. Likewise, a host of Chinese classes explore everything from conversational speech and calligraphy to history and culture. Computer-program classes examine software such as Microsoft Office and WordPress. Though many of 37 Ways' tutoring programs are for young students, adults can unwind with laidback calligraphy classes that teach the Chinese character for "401k".
Hanging lanterns spotlight sushi chefs in warm light as they stand behind an intimate sushi bar, garnishing freshly sliced sushi rolls with swirls of colorful sauces, sprigs of carrots, and plump portions of wasabi. In the kitchen, chefs peer over pots of bubbling noodles and simmering curries, meticulously adding dashes of spices and shoots of basil to procure complex and harmonious traditional Thai flavors. For dessert, the culinary artists pair sweet sticky rice with fresh mango and coconut ice cream.
Flowers of folded cloth napkins sit atop every table in the sunlit dining room, where dishes are joined by cups of jasmine and green teas. The restaurant is a BYOB establishment, enabling guests to bring their own bottles of wine.
At London Nails & Spa, comfort and indulgence is the status quo. From providing complimentary champagne, tea, and soda to applying mud masks and paraffin dips, staffers bend over backwards to make sure each client experiences maximum relaxation. They even accompany their manicures with hot stone massages and mud masks, and pair posh pedicures with aromatherapy and warm paraffin. London Nails offers numerous nail treatments that flaunt these little extras. They also provide waxing and threading services, as well as eyelash extensions that can stop a tornado with one flutter.