Irish Traditions owner Margaret Barry McLemore and her staff specialize in imported Irish and Scottish goods, but they don’t just sell physical wares–they also give customers guidance on how to inject Celtic tradition into celebrations ranging from weddings to first communions. Inside two boutique stores in Easton and Annapolis, staff members help visitors navigate shelves stocked with Irish-made cable-knit sweaters, scarves, cardigans, and jackets. Elsewhere in the shop, they keep a full stock of finery including wedding candles embellished with Celtic trinity and claddagh symbols, Galway crystalware and Belleek china, Celtic books and music, and Irish jewelry inspired by folk myths.
When formal occasions beckon, staff members can tailor full Highland traditional wear, fashioning custom kilts and tartan scarves, ties, and sashes bearing the marks of Scotland’s ancient clans or each of the 32 Irish counties. Irish Traditions also helps visitors get in touch with their ancestry, partnering with CIE Tours for several annual trips to cities and villages across the Emerald Isle.
At Sweetpea Spa & Gifts, staff members analyze clients' skin types and gauge their degrees of muscle woe so they can design services that best suit visitors' needs. Botanically based medical-grade products rain down on kissers during the custom facial's exfoliation treatment, which scrubs away dead skin cells and velcro earrings. The facial cleanse then reduces fine lines and hydrates skin to create polished complexions. During the massage, Swedish-style strokes team with deep-tissue techniques to assuage muscle tension. Gliding effleurage strokes stimulate circulation and prepare muscles for deeper pressure designed to overthrow tyrannical muscle knots. The massage loosens up muscles to help to prevent injury and forestall muscular discomfort caused by playing an accordion with one's shoulder blades. The spa's adjoining gift shop collects products that can be used to summon tranquility during luxurious moments alone.
Serving as a quick and convenient source of home-improvement inventory, Rommel's Ace keeps local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments. Collections of DeWalt, Craftsman, and Stihl hand and power tools help homeowners complete home projects, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Rommel's Ace Hardware’s helpful services: customers at the Perry Hall location had browse Carhartt apparel, keys are cut onsite, including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Rommel's Ace in Seaford, Delaware even offers Edmonton Kayaks and kayak accessories in their complete kayak center.
Poppy and Stella’s knack for curating a stylish, eclectic inventory has not gone unnoticed. “The people behind Poppy and Stella just get shoes,” according to the Baltimore City Paper, who named Poppy and Stella the Best Women’s Shoe Store in 2009. In 2011, CBS Baltimore praised Poppy and Stella for its “atmosphere, selection and service.”
That atmosphere is found in a tidy, eclectic boutique, where customers can peruse a stylish array of designer shoes, boots, handbags, and apparel from brands such as Dolce Vita, Pour La Victoire, Sam Edelman, and Frye. Throughout the store, neat displays highlight both seasonal trends and classic designs, all of which can keep friends and neighbors from giving you disparaging nicknames like “old-shoes Jack.”
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
In one of the nation's most storied rivalries spanning more than a century, the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights have met on courts, fields, mats, and tracks and in pools more than 1,700 times. Though the fierce rivalry will always take priority among students, fan bases, media, and aliens debating whether to invade America by land or by sea, the Midshipmen have excelled against other competition, as well. The Naval Academy boasts NCAA Division II championships in women’s indoor track and women’s swimming, as well as 40 NCAA Division I individual championships, including 10 fencing champions, nine men’s gymnastics champions, and eight men’s swimming champions.