Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.
And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.
Country Lane Bulk Foods weaves delicate webs of nostalgia with more than 20 flavors of locally churned ice cream and hand-crafted treats from Amish communities throughout the country. Frozen mounds of sweet cream flavored with fudge brownies, cinnamon, or blueberry muffins fill cones and dishes in the shop’s charming café. A plethora of pickled vegetables that hail from the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country and local Amish and Mennonite communities range from watermelon rind ($5.29) to bread 'n' butter pickles ($4.49), tastefully stretching vinegar’s usefulness beyond the usual boundaries of powering science-fair volcanoes. Pickled okra ($5.49) or beets ($4.89–$6.99) and spicy ginger snaps ($1.64/12 oz.) tingle tongues, and rolled butter ($4.29/10 oz. or $8.90/2 lbs.) evokes sentimental memories of antique butter churns checking their pagers.
The handymen at Handyman Matters have hammered, caulked, and crafted a sturdy reputation for honest, professional work, offering more than 1,162 types of home-repair and remodeling services. Every nook and cranny of the home, including mini-nooks and micro-crannies, can be varnished, tarnished, demolished, and renewed by this handy crew of professionals. Procrastinating amateurs can roll up their dog-eared to-do lists of household repairs and hurl them into the can-do arms of one of Handyman Matters’ accomplished craftspeople, who can tackle problems from dinged dry wall to flawed flooring. If the cat is getting concussions because his little crawl door is sticking, they'll fix it. They can even build a human-sized crawl door so cats and people can enter and exit the same way.
With each creamy bite, it becomes more evident that CherryBerry’s yogurt was made from all-natural ingredients: the strawberry contains tiny chunks of fruit, and the chocolate’s rich flavor could never have come from a powdered mix. Like a tag-team dance-off at the UN, the yogurt itself features four types of live and active cultures, all of which aid in digestion. Low-fat, fat-free, and gluten-free flavors abound, as do sorbet options with no dairy and Splenda-sweetened yogurts with no added sugar. More than 50 fruit, nut, and candy options overflow from bins and canisters at the topping bar, awaiting their chance to cascade down the snowy peaks of fro-yo.
Under the same roof as CherryBerry, but following the beat of their own chocolate-dipped drum, are the expert confectioners of Paradise Chocolate. At a separate counter, they hand-dip fruits and pretzels into vats of warm chocolate and set them out to cool alongside premium truffles. Distinctive varieties of bon-bons, peanut-butter delights, and english toffee congregate with apples draped in caramel and chocolates inside the 8-foot-long display case.