Frugal Muse is all about second chances. Within its 7,000 sq. ft. of retail space, a novel's protagonist can take another shot at defeating the villain, finding true love, or successfully opening a pickle jar. Here, shelf after shelf holds lightly-used and discounted books, vinyl records, movies, video games, and CDs. At one end of the store, a $1 bargain wall surrounds patrons with even more discounted reading materials, while two separate rooms brim with 10,000 items for kids.
As for the source of these second-hand materials, Frugal Muse relies on its customers, who can bring in gently used items for store credit (or cash in certain cases). And while second-hand items remain the focus, the store does stock some new reading materials. The staff can even special order most books in print for about 25% off their going price.
Get Fast Inc.’s trainers inspire clients to grab the brass ring of physical fitness through a combination of time-tested techniques and unorthodox equipment. Submit stressed-out muscles to the kneading knuckles of a licensed massage therapist with Get Fast Inc.’s one-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Gentle Swedish strokes relieve localized tension, and sterner deep-tissue exploration re-braids muscle fibers into stylish friendship bracelets. Extreme boot-camp participants engage in multi-part regimens with equal parts vim and vigor, busting through cardio and strength training before tackling physical challenges such as flipping oversized Tonka wheels and whipping weighty ropes. Throughout each small-group session, fitness components including speed, agility, and neuromuscular coordination converge to burn calories and tone lean muscle mass, and specialized program modifications address individual abilities and jump-rope allergies. Classes can be scheduled throughout the day Monday–Saturday, with trainers standing vigilant watch from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for?fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Caf?, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Since establishing themselves as one of Chicago?s leading mattress specialty stores back in 1983, The Bedding Experts remain a trusted source of brand-name bedding backed by extended warranties. Their showrooms across the nation are filled with models from Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, and Stearns & Foster, many of which are constructed with modern technologies such as memory foam and reduced-motion coils. Shoppers can also accessorize their mattresses with bed frames, pillows, mattress covers, and under-bed forcefields that repel hiding monsters. Deliveries often happen the same or next day?including evening and weekend service?with teams often taking old mattresses and frames with them when they leave. If customers find their mattress at a lower price within 60 days of purchase at one of the store's local competitors, The Bedding Experts team will refund the difference.
Crystal House fills homes with delicate glassware and crystal art from a variety of brands including Waterford, Nambe, and Prism Crystal. A chrome fruit bowl, etched stemware, and hand painted vases all add a touch of modern elegance to a living space. The staff of dedicated artists can also perform repairs on glass sculptures, bowls, and vases, targeting unsightly chips and cracks.