In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
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.
In 1946, Marion Feinstein opened the doors to her namesake dance studio. An accomplished performer herself, she drew on her experience as she began teaching students the art of dance in a small space above a drugstore. As Miss Marion’s studio grew, she, her instructors, and their students gained attention at parades, global competitions, and many other notable events. The school’s roster boasts impressive names as well: previous students, including Miss Marion’s daughter Sandi and studio director Lori Axelrod, have danced as Rockettes, and others, including Celia Weston and Andie MacDowell, have gone on to enjoy successful careers on stage and screen. Today, the school is housed in a larger studio, but still teaches dance disciplines with timeless dedication. A staff of skilled instructors, selected specifically for their compassion and skill, lead classes and discuss the difficulties of actually singing in the rain. Students of all ages flock to one of four large studios to learn classic forms, such as ballet and tap, and newer techniques, including hip-hop.
Pump It Up's bounce houses, cushy slides, and large rock-climbing wall entertain large groups of children during birthday parties and pop-in playtimes. From speedy slides to the air- and love-filled bounce castles and houses, the bounce wonderland plies children with a multitude of ways to work up a hunger for the pizza, drinks, and goodie bags in Pump It Up's party packages. Pump It Up also hosts Jump-N-Art camps, which pair fitness-boosting bounce sessions with art lessons.
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.