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.
The True Value logo on the exterior of Gecko Hardware is a bit misleading. That's because although the shop sells regular nuts, bolts, and tools, the shop owners' true purpose is to help guide their customers into more eco-friendly, sustainable, and self-reliant lifestyles. They specialize in DIY projects to make a house into a homestead, whether it is by building a chicken coop or utilizing rain barrels to feed a healthy organic garden.
This means their shelves are stocked with a range of unique items and native plants, alongside classic tools and gardening supplies to get the job done. The staff shares knowledge on how to put these tools to use, and even hosts classes on topics such as how to garden in the city with raised beds or how to weave your own chair seats. They hope by offering these services they can help reduce our footprint on the world, and thus preserve it for the next generation or whatever alien race wants it the most.
At Rescue Cell Phone, certified technicians restore electronic investments, such as smartphones, iPods, iPads, and gaming systems, backing up their work with 90-day warranties. The phone physicians quickly replace screens, batteries, and buttons within 15 minutes, providing walk-in customers just enough time to browse a wealth of accessories or try on their phone's protective case. In addition to repairing external components, the tech-savvy team unlocks phones and recovers data while maintaining security and confidentiality. Gamers may also take advantage of the circuit navigators' abilities to commune with and restore consoles such as Xbox 360s, PS3s, and Wiis.
Once Upon a Child - Dallas/Lake Highlands is a kid-friendly marketplace where parents can buy and sell gently used children?s apparel, toys, equipment, and furniture. Each store recruits a team of buyers that carefully reviews potential merchandise and ensures that every item that goes on sale meets the store?s high standards for style, safety, and resale condition. To ensure the safety of customers? little ones, the team stays up to date on the latest merchandise recalls and pores over each item with oversize magnifying glasses. As the beneficiaries of all this hard work, shoppers peruse brand-name merchandise sold at up to 70% off retail. Popular brands include Fisher-Price and Evenflo, and clothes boasting labels from Abercrombie, Levi?s, and Carters range in sizes from babies through girls? size 16 and boys? size 20.