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.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.