As a former overworked New Yorker, Tri-State Running Company owner Cameron Simoneau found solace in running, and seeks to share that inner peace with others by cultivating a friendly haven for healthy living with knowledgeable staffers. Employees persevere in finding the perfect fit for runners, walkers, and professional hot-coal crossers, cushioning toes in sneakers from brands such as Adidas and Asics. They also ensure athletes trot comfortably and safely with accessories from names including Thermoskin and CamelBak. The shop integrates itself into the local running community through regular running clinics and partnerships with local marathons and 5Ks, and also collects donations for Soles4Souls, an organization dedicated to sheltering bare feet in new kicks.
On the shelves and display racks at Tala's, handbags from Brazil stand a few feet from mandala earrings and ornate hookahs. Around the shop, curated selections of handmade products stand ready to be inspected and taken home. Tala's also follows fair-trade practices, aiming to benefit the far-flung makers of its clothing and accessories.
Cincinnati Overstock Furniture & Mattress packs its two prodigious warehouses with quality home-wares designed to enliven bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, with prices comparable to wholesale during their epic weekend sales. The Alberto bedroom set is anchored by a queen bed frame ($228), boasting a warm espresso finish and a sleigh-bed design that beckons gaggles of housecleaning elves into the home. Sleeping chambers are further enhanced with the set's nightstand adorned with brushed nickel colored hardware ($98), and the simple, modern-lined mirror ($48). An eight-inch Serta memory foam queen-sized mattress conforms to supine bodies and molds to horizontal tissues, greeting sleepers nightly with a cushioned, spring-less, full-bodied smooch ($378). The earth-toned Big Daddy rocker-recliner ($308) cradles reposed patrons in its overstuffed, pillow-top arms, gently propelling them through viewing parties of Little House on the Prairie.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone at home (with corresponding cables, sold separately), and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Screen-protector two-packs for the Impulse 4G andd Xperia Play keep displays smudge and glare free ($15 each). Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones offers a smooth gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or belly-button lint masquerading as pocket lint ($30 each). Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini-stereo speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).
Shoe Palace furnishes vacant closets with a wide selection of men and women's kicks for casual, dressy, and athletic occasions. Frequent free-footers can enlist a friendly, knowledgeable staff member, who will help chase down a pair of running sneakers, marry a lovely couple of sandals, tug a fleet of boat shoes, or stage a duet between a Velcro high top and Olivia Newton-John. Regal purple carpeting and elegant floral arrangements greet aisle-traversing feet at Shoe Palace, its environs welcoming females to cover their kick stands with a variety of brands and prices, including Clarks ($52–$90), Merrell ($65–$95), New Balance ($86–$95), Sebago ($59.90–$79), and Eliza B women's sandals ($39–$80). Meanwhile, males can clothe toe-hangers with footwear from Johnston & Murphy ($99–$148), Clarks ($99–$115), New Balance ($60–$110), Rockport ($79–$82), and more.
At PeakFast Fitness & Sports Training, experienced coaches whip exercisers into tiptop shape with functional fitness training and a hearty helping of encouragement. Well-versed in disciplines such as physiology and kinesiology, the coaches draw upon scientific research to help their charges reach their fitness goals. Powered by kettlebells, resistance bands, bodyweight exercises, and teamwork, boot camps and other group fitness classes revolve around everyday motions such as pushing, pulling, and rotating to help students thrive in their everyday lives. Their personal-training sessions are tailored to meet specific goals, from losing weight to running a marathon to hitting more homeruns on the hockey rink. The one-on-one sessions include a nutrition assessment to enhance the custom workouts, which can be designed to boost the metabolism, strengthen the muscles, or rehabilitate an injury.