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Belly Dance Little Egypt's seasoned hip shakers help students burn calories and boost their confidence through the undulating motions of the ancient Middle Eastern dance form. Inside, vibrant and colorful scarves wrap tightly around hips as a fringe of metal discs jangles with each sashay. Anyone with hips can drop in for a one-hour class or purchase a kit, which may feature up to 12 lessons and accessories such as coin belts, silk veils, and a CD of music for practicing at home or in the grocery line. An alternative to classic workouts or dance classes, belly dancing helps women enjoy "me time" while toning up musculature, getting hearts pumping, and freeing bellybuttons to sing karaoke.

2840 S Jupiter Rd
Garland,
TX
US

In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.

255 Cedar Sage Dr
Garland,
TX
US

Each year, StanzaTextbooks supports the world of academia with its selection of rental textbooks, college apparel, and school supplies. Its two store locations help students at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas scratch off titles from their textbook lists and fill their closets with school pride. When students can't make it to the store, StanzaTextbooks's online search engine allows them to pinpoint rental books by title, author, keyword, or ISBN. The online service processes thousands of nationwide orders monthly and offers free delivery. Though the rental textbooks may contain highlighter trails, minor nicks, or doodles by Albert Einstein, the staff keeps its shelves clear of books with torn pages and ripped covers.

581 W Campbell Rd
Richardson,
TX
US

With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).

2201 Preston Rd
Plano,
TX
US

Legendary athletes including Troy Aikman, Adrian Peterson, Steve Nash, and Johnny Bench have autographed Signature Collectibles’s collectibles in person, ensuring that the store brings authentic sports memorabilia to customers. The store also receives unique items from national sports-marketing companies, such as Upper Deck Authenticated, Steiner Sports, and Mounted Memories, bearing the signatures of contracted athletes including Tiger Woods, John Elway, and Joe Montana. In addition to showcasing these newly scribed items, Signature Collectibles can spruce up customers’ existing memorabilia inside their in-shop framing facility. They specialize in framing jerseys, during which they steam away wrinkles, sew the jersey onto an acid-free mat board with foam-core backing, and surround everything with a high-quality frame that magnetically repels fair-weather fans.

6121 W Park Blvd
Plano,
TX
US

In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.

6121 W Park Blvd
Plano,
TX
US