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.
Up to 23 rounds burst through a barricade as a haze of bullets chases its retreating target. Though it sounds like a scene from an action movie, Shooter's Choice hosts such sequences every Thursday night at its charity tournaments. The evenings have raised large donations for Delaware Hospice and the Kent County SPCA. By day, the indoor, electronically controlled range challenges marksmen with two different five-position ranges with targets anywhere from 50 to 75 feet away.
For visitors craving more training before pulling the trigger, Shooter's Choice's NRA-certified instructors teach one-on-one lessons or group courses geared toward such topics as firearm safety and home protection. In addition to its stock of novelty Zombie Max ammo and shotguns that shoot BB guns, the pro shop's staff pairs patrons with a range of firearms, cleaning supplies, magazines, and range bags.
Charles and Amanda Sinclair opened Lush Green Lawn in 2005 with the goal of beautifying the lawns of the community around them. Today, the couple heads a team of licensed technicians who traverse local streets with a van full of professional lawn-care equipment and eco-friendly fertilizers. Lush Green Lawn offers a lengthy menu of lawn and landscaping services, including fertilization, weed control, mowing, and irrigation. Technicians perform a complimentary soil test on the lawns of all current and former customers each year, and happily accept phone calls expressing lawn-tending concerns or seeking tips for teaching garden gnomes to fetch newspapers.