TigerDirect.com's vast virtual warehouse distributes computer parts, software, and gadgetry around the world, backed by their brick-and-mortar stores around the nation. Home to PC and computing experts, the stores dole out repair and advice in equal sums, answering questions about virus issues such as pop-ups or nasty computer-sneezing fits. Founded on the principles of putting the consumer first, TigerDirect offers same-day shipping and business-to-business sales, and they boast a spyware-tight website security guarantee that will cover customer liability up to $50.
At All Seasons Garden Center, the yard experts empower customers to complete home-landscaping projects. The landscapers stand at the ready to help them hone in on the best materials for their endeavor, whether patrons want to lay a decorative-stone patio or erect a stone wall tall enough to keep out Godzilla. To help customers get their goods back to home base, they rent out their delivery truck for large orders of sand, stone, and natural or dyed mulch.
As one of the largest authorized retailers for AT&T, Mobile Communications Systems equips conversers with phones, accessories, and services to fit various lifestyles. Requiring a two-year agreement for activation and upgrades, the plethora of impressive phones—including GoPhones, data phones, smart phones, and 4G phones—assures that talk meets its technological match. Smart phones, including the Samsung Captivate ($99), impersonate small computers with 16 GB of memory, a keyboard touch screen, and that new microprocessor smell. Built from recycled plastics, the Samsung Evergreen ($69.99) supports mp3 files and graces fingertips with a QWERTY keyboard. For more advanced technophiles, the 4G Motorola Atrix's ($199.99) 4" screen displays crisp videos powered by a dual core 1GHz processor, and the 4G HTC Inspire ($99.99) runs on Android 2.2 OS and records videos in 720 HD.
Voted Greenest Store by Delaware Today in 2010, EcoChic Boutique bedecks environmentally savvy women with sustainable apparel, accessories, and cosmetics. Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder ($52), a water-resistant facial primer, preps countenances for dinner parties and unexpected run-ins with security cameras. The roster of vegan-friendly wares includes the Big Buddha Courtney Handbag ($95) and the John Wind Personally Yours Initial Pendant ($68), a silver- or gold-plated necklace adorned with the single initial of a son, daughter, or memorable salad.
The folks at Sound of Tri-State boast that they specialize in "everything that turns you on." This isn't mere braggadocio, though; their slogan accurately reflects their specialties. At four different locations, they dabble in all manner of audio equipment, such as car stereos, headphones, home theaters, and DJ setups. They also install security and remote-start devices in automobiles, and round out their car services with window tinting and navigation programs.
The wireless provider industry changes quickly, but Arch Telecom keeps up by giving both technicians and front-line employees continual training. The extra effort shows: enthusiastic testimonials from clients cite employees' patient technical support for two seniors who were far from tech-savvy, as well as a staffer staying well beyond closing time to ensure a business's new phone lines were set up properly.