Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Plato's Closet carries a wide assortment of gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories, ranging from affordable high-end retail brands to finer designer items. Surrounded by discounts of as much as 70% off retail price, uninhibited shoppers can construct a complete outfit or six without having to empty their wallets to pan for river diamonds. All of the merchandise that Plato's Closet stocks—including shoes, skirts, tanks, clutches, and more—is held to a strict quality standard and generally dates from the past 12 to 18 months. The racks of goods (individual items are often priced at less than $10) rotate constantly, and the front door goes ajar seven days a week, leaving a wide timeframe for store-crossed shoppers and garments to unite under seasonal practicality or astrologically illogical harmony.
Shoe Mill treats tootsies to an extensive selection of high-quality shoes and accessories complemented by a meticulous approach to finding the ideal fit. Like a plant in a sun chamber, foot-digits blossom under the possibilities of chic, versatile new styles for both men and women. Sassify soles in Rieker Sheila 54 boots ($179.95), or coddle cold feet in the warmth of sheepskin UGGs. Josef Seibel Men's Walth shoes ($70) provide dapper cover for mismatched socks, and a range of outdoor shoes] allow walkers to take on the elements with all the confidence of a candy thief in a room full of unarmed babies. An arsenal of care products is available to protect newly purchased foot wrappers from moisture, dirt, and other perils.
Color Tile of Salem’s IICRC-certified carpet cleansers un-sully floor coverings of all dispositions with state-of-the-art technology. Decrud three rooms of filthy fibers with Color Tile of Salem’s eight-step carpet-cleaning process, which uses Sapphire Scientific equipment to evict shag-sitting particles and other dulling debris. Offending floor blankets receive a hot-water extraction, which dissolves soil, dirt, and domestic lava flows, and creates up to 400 square feet of picturesque carpetscapes.
Greenlands' staff crafts a compost blend for vineyards, nurseries, yards, and gardens that the dedicated gardening experts make by carefully balancing temperature, moisture, and microbial activity for a finished product approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute. This is no small feat—six months to one year after it’s created, compost must to prove its quality by passing a screening and spontaneously producing a single red rose. Customers can choose from Greenlands’ variety of compost blends, including fine garden compost made with 100% plant matter, or potting soil, which contains pumice, peat moss, and NutriBoost. Sandy loam breaks up stubborn clay and fills in holes. Greenlands’ staff can also whip up custom compost blends for gardeners that are tailored to the specific qualities of their soil.
Lollypops and Roses’ adroit floral artists craft elegant arrangements to celebrate love, birth, and any other occasion that can be enhanced by fresh, colorful flowers. The burgeoning shop grants same-day delivery for all types of vegetation emergencies. Buyers can choose from classic centerpieces such as a trio of long-stemmed roses ($24.99) accented by lush fronds or a mix of spring blossoms ($34.99) topped with a cerulean butterfly ornament. Designed to celebrate a newborn’s arrival, the Sweet Dream Bouquet ($39.99) contains a pastel array of daisies and carnations and arrives in a blue or pink gingham box with corresponding photo pocket for baby-specific personalization. Potted plants ($30–$49.99), such as hydrangeas and azaleas, decorate windowsills while blocking the view of outside plants trying to peek inside.