At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
Mike's Camera is a family owned business well known for all things photography, with a stocked inventory of trusted camera brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus. In addition to selling cameras, software, scanners, and printers, Mike's Camera also employs skilled staff members who are all trained and qualified as Certified Photographic Consultants. Customers can turn their snapshots into keepsakes by transferring photos onto canvas prints, calendars, mugs, and puzzles. Aspiring photographers can also sign up for classes through the Learning Center to hone skills or learn more about a specific camera.
Game-Set-Match, Inc. caters to tennis players with speedy racket-stringing services alongside a sizable inventory of court-friendly apparel, equipment, and accessories. United States Racquet Stringers Association–certified stringers thread frames with a wide assortment of single-filament, multifilament, and blended strings. Every racket revitalization is finished within 24 hours, letting players return to lobbing volleys, aces, and misdirected pigeons in no time. Meanwhile, the tennis center's shelves abound with gear from brand names such as Babolat, Dunlop, and Adidas. Stock courtside armories or a canine birthday party with an armful of Wilson Grand Slam tennis balls ($7.99 for a three-pack), or don a Nike hat or visor to block the sun's angry glare from your serving motion ($15–$20). Court connoisseurs can also apply this Groupon toward a higher-value item, cutting the cost of a durable Prince EX03 tennis racket ($199.99) or a fashionable Whak Sak tennis backpack ($79.99).
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Y and L Shoe Repair's talented leather tamers refurbish battered shoes and baggage of all shapes and styles. A full range of shoe services, from women's heel repairs ($12.95+) to protective sole fittings ($22.95), aids well-shod stuff strutters, with shoe mending completed on the same day if necessary. Suitcases habitually overstuffed with souvenir sombreros from the Louvre get their zippers mended ($17+), and handle repair ($25+) and handle replacement ($35+) help travelers grasp slick luggage when exploring the olive-oily Italian coast. Belts maintain a solid grip around their fleshy cargo with Y and L’s belt-shortening ($12.95+), restitching, and buckle-replacement services.
Target Portrait Studios are operated by professional photographers who aim to help you capture special moments. Target's studios can be decorated for most any type of shoot, whether you're celebrating a mom-to-be, a graduation, or an upcoming holiday. Subjects also have the opportunity to choose their own backdrops or props, and they can even bring in their favorite toy or invisible friend. The customization doesn't end with the shoot, though?digital files can be personalized with borders, designs, and quotes and then printed in a variety of sizes.