As a high school student in 1954, Hank Lovejoy started working at the local pharmacy's soda fountain, blending up shakes and mixing cherry Cokes for a regular customer, Rita—who later became his wife. Together, the pair started Lovejoy's On Main Street in 1983, which evolved from a garment factory and clothing store into a gift and décor shop with its own restaurant, according to a feature in Texas Co-op Power. In 2010, the couple added their own soda fountain, where Hank and his grandkids are often spotted scooping sundaes and disorienting time travelers behind a vintage-style counter.
The shop still brims with gifts, toys, and stylish clothing. After finding the perfect keepsake, guests can reward themselves with sandwiches, salads, quiches, or German-style chocolate bread pudding from the restaurant
Vintage and bohemian-inspired apparel, costume jewelry, and eye-catching gifts drape from eclectic props at Cloverleaf Boutique, drawing shoppers in with their whimsy and charm. "The Cloverleaf is one of those stores you notice while driving by and think: 'I've got to stop in there,'" said Jennifer Palmer of NewsOK. Colorful throw pillows mingle with kitschy lampshades, and cowboy boots line up for the opportunity to dance with flouncy dresses. Cloverleaf Boutique's one-of-a-kind outfits and gift ideas evolve from season to season.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Frozen Ropes’ training facilities attract players of all sizes, from kindergarten swingers to MLB stars such as outfielder Manny Ramirez and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The 30-minute private instruction gives budding base runners skill-improving lessons in the area of their choice, including hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, and windmilling. Haphazard hitters can tighten their swings with the hitting course, while oblivious outfielders can be taught the finer points of fielding, such as keeping your eye on the ball and using both hands on your butterfly net. Each carefully crafted session is taught by a trained athlete, whose talents undergo constant fine-tuning from Frozen Ropes' programs, making sure each student receives consistent instruction.