Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Housed within an art gallery and wine shop, the Urraro Gallery outfits artwork and keepsakes with close-fitting protective frames. Staff lead patrons through a smorgasbord of wood and metal frames to find the border best suited to protect a portrait from harsh sunlight or the oily fingerprints of a child robot. A plethora of mats in various colors, textures, and shapes can accent prints, and shadow boxes house treasures such as a collection of medals, a lock of football-mascot fur, or a hobo's shadow. The average cost for a custom frame ranges $50–$150, and frame sizes range from quaint 4"x6" memory-keepers to 40"x60" frames large enough to hold a life-size print of a miniature pony. After framers finish their work on-site, clients can pick up the finished piece in the store or have it shipped home.
Grode Florist is a floral boutique specializing in contemporary and traditional floral and plant arrangements. To warm a cold room, or the chilly blood of an alligator you want be your pet and live beneath your kitchen sink, opt for an arrangement of tropicals such as the strawberry floral margarita, a bundle of brilliantly colored Dendrobium orchids, lilies, alstroemeria, and roses. Or, surprise a lover of sudsy brews with a beer mug of blooms, a display of fresh, white, mini carnations in an acrylic beer mug (filled with rocks, not beer or copies of Rodney Dangerfield's autobiography). Grode's also has a selection of silk, plant, and dried floral arrangements for the herbaceously-indecisive.
Milestones outfits newborns and toddlers sizes 0–16 with fashionable gently used apparel and toys. Most name-brand ensembles tip the money scales at under $10, so parents spend less while accommodating their child’s daily costume changes, allowing kindergarteners to arrive at school as a fairy princess, prepare for hide-and-seek at recess in urban-camo gear, and morph into an accountant in time for basic math. Corners of creativity designated for age-appropriate games and interest-specific toys gather to vie for the attention of kids outgrowing toys as fast as they outgrow their Osh Koshes. Infant equipment such as baby cages, diaper genies, and nursing pillows claim an entire room to themselves and seasonal threads line the store’s wall to entice tiny swimmers and future roller-derby queens.
Tom Karle & Son Traditional Clothiers outfits dapper chaps in exquisitely tailored sartorial selections that traverse the divide between board room and clubhouse with nary a problem. Tom Karle’s elegantly outfitted garmentmongers cull traditional dress clothing and sportswear from brands including Jack Victor, Cutter & Buck, Gitman Brothers, Peter Millar, and Allen Edmonds. They also proudly purvey custom suits, shirts, and sexy teapot covers handmade by their full-time in-house tailor. Vestments include sport coats starting at $45, ties starting at $45, socks starting at $13, and belts starting at $40. Sportswear by Cutter & Buck and Bobby Jones cuts a handsome figure on the golf course, out on the town, or while traversing a shopping mall’s complex series of escalators ($50–$295).
For 60 years, Al's Awning Shop has been awing residential and commercial clients with custom-made awnings, custom-designed canvas products, and more. Today's sidecar Groupon keeps the wind off your back while you test the ice for cracks. The ice hut, which measures 44"x58" at the base and 52" in height, has room for two tenants and features four pockets, two zippers, and two windows. Made with a sturdy, durable canvas, the hut can be easily assembled, dismantled, and hoisted by a solitary ice-fisherman.