Evolve Clothing Lounge's owners, Geoff and Kelly Lester, stock their boutique shelves with hip garments, jewelry, and accessories for ladies and gentlemen alike. Alternative Apparel and Cardboard Robot tees ($18–$25) wrap torsos in fashion-forward fabrics, and Robbie French belts ($40–$50) thread through belt loops like leather model trains through a circuit of denim tunnels. Feather earrings ($22–$34) make lobes feel plucky, and masculine and feminine steel bracelets ($50) adorn wrists with eye-catching shine. Shoppers can stylize their noggins with Goorin Brothers hats ($30–$70) to achieve refined Madison Avenue appeal or to round out stylish magician costumes.
The largest independent music store in the Southeast, Earshot unlocks a trove of gently used media to reward hard-working eyes and ears, including out-of-print vinyl and favorite forgotten flicks. The cavernous warehouse collects thousands of CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, and box sets priced from $0.50 to $50 and averaging between $4 and $7. Original cases, artwork, and sleeves dress the used items in the elegant garments of their youth, such as the colorful movable parts on the cover of Led Zeppelin III or the 3-D goatees that sprout from Frank Zappa's beard on the cover of Apostrophe ('). Plop down at one of the listening stations to revel in Stevie Wonder in stereo, or ask a friendly staff member to list her favorite hip-hop albums in reverse chronological order. In addition to housing a silent spectrum of artists all clanging within digital, analog, and portable leather suitcases, the store hosts shows and record signings by live bands and gathers curious ears together for listening parties.
Tapping into the latest gift-giving and accessory trends, Sweetbriar outfits women, children, and homes with stylish accoutrements for every appendage, including many gifts for less than $20. Recapture the vibrancy of fall foliage by hanging lackluster limbs with glinty pieces from the shop's jewelry collection, such as a pair of silver chandelier earrings ($10). Lipstick and keys can opt for a chic ride in the plum-colored Dana clutch ($25.50), one of many purses available for perusal. Sweetbriar's expertly curated duffels, totes, and train cases dazzle the inhabitants of any destination, while a collection of home décor channels more stationary sparkle. Neither percussive tools nor derisive hors d'oeuvres can disturb the impeccable style of the 12-inch hammered platter ($21.50). After a frenzied shopping stint, relax on the sofa in Sweetbriar's chandeliered seating area before heading out to reveal your fashionable new aesthetic. This Groupon is not valid on original work by Leisa Artus.
For runners, understanding one's stride is critical to selecting the right pair of running shoes. Here are three common types of foot motion:
Just like fingerprints, every human's footfalls are a little bit different. Qualified running specialists can map the way we step in order to locate shoes that best suit our stride. Before seeing a specialist, take a look at three common types of foot motion and the ways in which they affect the rest of the body:
Normal pronation: Most people exhibit normal pronation when they run. The heel strikes the ground and then the rest of the foot rolls about 15 degrees inward before making contact with the ground. This stride provides a stable platform for the body and allows runners to push off for their next stride primarily with the big toe.
Under-pronation: Runners with high arches often under-pronate, which means they don't roll their feet inward enough. Instead, they put their weight on the outer edge of their feet and push off with their outer toes. Under-pronators serve their needs best with shoes that provide extra cushioning to offset the added pressure they put on their lower legs.
Over-pronation: Conversely, over-pronators often have low arches and roll their feet too far inward. This stride puts pressure on the big toe, which does most of the work to push the foot back off the ground, and the feet and ankles, which have a tougher time stabilizing the rest of the body. Motion-control shoes help take on some of this stabilizing duty.
To get a basic idea of your stride, take a look at the bottom of an old running shoe or jogging slipper. Normal pronators exhibit regular wear across the bottom of their shoes. Under-pronators' shoes tend to wear out quickly across the outside edges, while over-pronators' shoes wear out along the heel and inside edge.
Balsamic vinegar, specialty oils, and 100% extra-virgin olive oils arrive at Palmetto Olive Oil Co. from nearly every corner of the globe, including Italy, Spain, Greece, Australia, and Chile. This way, the shop maintains a fresh supply year-round, even when Europe's experiencing winter or Australia slips into another dimension.
Palmetto's staffers know the finer details of every product, and they happily point visitors in the right direction. They even dole out samples, and then suggest how to use the vinegars and oils in various recipes. For example, they might suggest a chili-infused chipotle olive oil to use as a steak marinade or perhaps a white-truffle olive oil to turn common bowls of popcorn into gourmet meals. Their balsamic vinegars also make for some unique pairings, such as a pure maple balsamic vinegar that adds a twist to pancakes. And once patrons have tried enough choices, the crew bottles the oil and vinegar directly onsite.
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.