As the founder of BB MakeUp, Brooke Fleetwood's reach is huge: she travels all over the country (and sometimes outside of it) to pamper and prep her clients. But once she's with them, her focus narrows. Each appointment is meticulously personalized, from color selection to application. During makeup lessons, Brooke also her client's makeup collection to ensure they own the right colors for their complexions, aren't using expired cosmetics, and know the proper techniques for whittling a brow pencil in the wilderness.
Stocked with BB's own brand of products, Brooke's Makeup Cosmetic Bars provide touch-ups and special-event services of all stripes. Brides-to-be undergo airbrushing, models primp before editorial photoshoots, and friends get glamorous makeovers for nights on the town. Some stores also have a spa where guests can clarify their skin with a facial or clear away unwanted hair with a wax.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Furnish 123 serves single-price platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to visualize how a plush sofa ($399) or pillow ($19–$24) might look in a living room or inside a private jet. Three-piece table sets ($199 each) spotlight clean lines and the classic dark-wood finish of the Ripley collection or the modern Palmetto collection. Cubit ottomans ($99) stow small items beneath cushy footholds, and barstools ($79) keep suds-sipping guests from sprawling out on the grand piano.
Trek & Trail's intrepid guides lead kayakers to the 21 Apostle Islands and endless opportunities for camping, hiking, and sightseeing. The outfit provides all kayak equipment, food, and tents for each excursion, but kayakers must bring their own sleeping bags and clothing. Before each trip departs, the experienced instructors conduct a two- to three-hour basic safety course, during which students learn paddling techniques, how to deal with inhospitable weather, and how to use the boat as a battering ram to topple nearby sand castles.