In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
The seasoned technicians at Sams Gas efficiently refill 20-pound propane tanks, perfectly designed for gas grills. Whether customers own their own propane reservoirs or buy one from Sams, a technician will fill it to the brim with fresh-from-the-farm propane gas, lauded for being nontoxic and having minimal effect on the environment or the indigenous dryer-sheet trees that spring up in lint filters.
Jennie’s beauty treatments bring the pampering directly to her clients through waxes, spray tans, and mani-pedis. With eight years of experience—equal in time to two undergrad educations or two 5,000-inning baseball games—in the aesthetics business, Jennie brings expertise to every pore she cleanses and every lash she tints.
Dealer Direct Transmission & Automotive is staffed by car-smart ASE-certified mechanics. The friendly Dealer Direct technicians will give your car a complete oil and filter change to ensure that the vehicle's black heart is supplied with the purest of alien black oils (a $24.50 value). A complete diagnostic check (an $85 value) gives cars an inside-out physical assessment of their ability to play Little League this year, and a tire rotation (a $30 value) ensures that each tire gets a fair chance to spin shotgun. Finally, an exterior car wash (a $9 value) aligns your car's inner beauty with its outer appearance.
Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.