Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
Since 1999, the friendly English- and Russian-speaking folks at European Market have provided shoppers with fine imported European edibles. Stock up on German-style sausages, cured meats, and cheeses from the deli counter, or head down the aisles to pick up packages of flaky, sweet baklava or savory spanakopita.
At its 38 locations, Wireless Communications, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, puts clients in touch with the wider world, providing smartphones, accessories, and phone plans. As a Verizon Wireless retailer, each location may stock phones from brands such as Samsung, Apple, LG, and Motorola.
Scrapnesia prevents the past from fading away with a menagerie of scrapbooking materials lovingly curated by owner Evelyn Larsen. Inside the shop, shelves line the walls with a wondrous variety of paper ($0.60–$3), ideal for capturing runaway memories in a book-shaped prison for eternity, or until time pardons them by ending. Add decoration to cut-and-paste shards of dreams and remembrances with stickers ($1–$5) for every subject and event. Scrapbookers find a treasure trove of magazines ($5–$15) to use for inspiration in their creations, as well as albums ($15–$40) ready to bear the heavy burden of nuanced paper designs and nostalgia-induced tears.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Vapor E-Cigs
Pro Tip: Offering the popular brand smokeX vapor and e-juice to help you kick the smoking habit
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are a premier cell phone store that sees the need to help our customers kick their smoking habit. While we offer many different pre-paid carriers and great phone repairs, it is smokeX vapor that sets us apart. smokeX is the hot new vapor line from Vapor Pros and we carry it exclusively for our customers.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We saw a need in the community to have a high-end phone store where customers can come in and feel good about where they do their business. By combining pre-paid cell phones and e-cigs we can not only help people find the best pre-paid carrier for them but also to better their lives through our smokeX vapor.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Most pre-paid cell phone stores are a little run down and a little sketchy. We wanted to have a clean and nice welcoming presence for people when they walk in. So we put in wood floors and great displays to have a high level of professionalism. By offering customers the ability to come pay any pre-paid cell phone bill and get great customer service on phones and repairs, we have been able to build a solid foundation and a great customer base.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping customers find the right phone for their budget and seeing them quit smoking.