A family-owned business from Estacada, Oregon, Elite Christmas Trees offers festive families Oregon Douglas-fir trees. Holiday customers can pick up a gorgeous seven-foot evergreen, which boasts a sweet natural fragrance and healthy appearance, then station their bold, bristly tree in a living room, office, or cryonic chamber. Those who want to upgrade from the Douglas-fir can apply the $56 value of today’s Groupon toward taller or more majestic seasonal greenery, such as a soft-needled grand fir or the premium, stiff-branched noble fir.
At The Clayground's affable staff of pot painters deftly assists pigment neophytes through every step of the creative process, fostering a fun and inspiring environment. Pick from items such as a blank coffee mug ($15), rimmed dinner plate ($18), or money bank ($20–$35) on which to play the part of Pollack, then choose a selection of nontoxic underglazes and get underway on a staggering ceramic opus. The pricing on the bottom of each clay canvas is all-inclusive, taking into account the usage of paints, glazing, firing, and studio time. After finishing a prim plate embellishment with bright colors or a repeating motif of horrifying fish-men, leave it with At The Clayground's kiln operators. They'll heat each piece to 1,828 degrees, also known as the exact melting point of boredom. Approximately one week later, return to pick up the finished, fully cooled product.
Cowtown Boots’ expert leather wranglers hand trim and hand last an assortment of women's, men's, and kids’ cowboy and western boots. Genuine cowhide is shaped into the leather roper boot for men ($49.95), while the women's dingo boot ($19.95) includes fashionable fixtures to dangle off horses' backs or kick in the air to nab errant horseshoe tosses. Youngsters can slip their toes onto the leather sole of the square-toe western boot, its red top embroidered with a suave design ($39.95) to impress fellow junior cowpokes. Cowtown Boots displays its collection of western wear in a 50,000-square-foot show room, an abundance of space that enables postpurchase sauntering.
The environmentally conscious beauticians at Organic Nails award hard-working appendage-enders with rejuvenating nail treatments incorporating eco-friendly products with natural ingredients. During an application of french acrylic nails, the manicurist files down back scratchers before varnishing nails with glossy gel and cuticle oil, facilitating confident handshakes and overconfident jazz hands. Guests can alternatively treat their phalanges to a full makeover by bestowing a 60- to 90-minute manicure and pedicure. The treatment begins with a basic nail trimming and cuticle removal and continues with an exfoliating scrub that renders paws soft to the touch. A soothing massage then relieves the aches associated with thumb-war tournaments and medicine-ball punting, after which the client chooses from a selection of 30 nail polishes to bedeck each finger- and toenail.
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.