Secondhand Diva offers up an array of high-end women’s clothing and accessories in used but excellent condition, plus a selection of new boutique items. Shoppers can pop in and peruse jeans fashioned by brands such as True Religion and 7 for All Mankind ($10+), vintage handbags from Coach and Gucci ($10+), an assortment of gleaming jewelry ($15 on average), and a variety of feet-hugging shoes ($15 on average). Secondhand Diva only sells fashions that are free of stains, odors, and territorial ghosts who refuse to share closet space with photo albums and suitcases.
Novel Approach gives social scrapbookers a chance to add a few new pages to their artistic portfolio while befriending like-minded crafters. In the shop's classroom area, 15–20 would-be memory keepers and card crafters can gain creative insight while upgrading their scrapbooking powers from mind-blowing to super-mind-blowing. The Pizza and a Six Pack class ($40) lets students draft a half-dozen pages and munch on pizza, and the Breakfast Club option ($60) involves devouring a continental breakfast and composing a 20-page 12"x12" album. Novel Approach also offers various card classes that deal with stamping and paper techniques ($25–$30), paper-bag book classes ($30), and more. Visit the schedule for class times and information about what supplies you'll need to bring along. Though today's Groupon is only good toward classes, budding crafters and bookmakers can also peruse Novel Approach's inventory to locate crafting supplies and then buy the ones that look friendly for 10% off the regular price on the day of their class.
A+ Pack and Ship escorts delicate belongings across long distances with complete packing, boxing, and shipping services. With full-service treatments, the wrapping specialists carefully ensconce items in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and cardboard boxes to ensure shipping safety. Same-day delivery and overnight FedEx or UPS services effectively transport items to their proper locales while eliminating the need to breed genetically enhanced, super-strong carrier pigeons. A selection of holiday gift items such as greeting cards ($3.99) and college stockings ($29) accompanies items with additional holiday flair. Shipping prices are determined by weight, dimensions, zip code, and date of arrival requested. For reference, customers can ship a 1-pound package overnight to Atlanta ($10.30) or a 5-pound package to Laguna Hills, California, within four days ($21.54).
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
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.
A former player for the Green Bay Packers and LA Raiders, Sean Jones now captains Xcel Performance and Fitness's staff of performance specialists, physical therapists, and nutritionists, inspiring patrons to transform into fitter versions of themselves. Guests sprint and corral balls on the indoor turf field and basketball court, which spread out across the 18,000-square-foot facility, and muscles pump on cardio and strength-training machines in the workout areas.
In addition to tailoring personal-training sessions to each client's fitness goals and abilities, the trainers lead myriad fitness classes. The classes accommodate patrons of all ages and desired outcomes, from adolescent athletes training for their sport of choice to retired physicists who secretly always dreamed of bench pressing gravity.