The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
For more than a quarter century, the fashion accessories, stationery, and jewelry at Franny's Gift Gallery have brightened birthdays, holidays, and weddings with notes and keepsakes from brands such as Hallmark, Vera Bradley, and Precious Moments. Colorful beads of Italian Murano glass and amber glisten upon silver chains and earrings, and Dickens' Village figurines and landscapes miniaturize the quaint, old-fashioned Christmas cheer and rapidly shifting class conflicts of Victorian England.
If you’ve got something to broadcast to everyone who passes you on the street, a T-shirt is a much more comfortable medium than a splintery sandwich board or hoarse scream. Skreened puts the power in your fabrics by allowing you to create your own clothing through simple online uploading and customized styling (shirts starting at $17.99). Skreened’s print technology produces durable displays of art and wit on environmentally friendly American Apparel clothing much softer than any shirts you would normally run through your laser printer. If you don’t feel inspired to design but would like to accent your wardrobe with the designs of others, there’s a wide variety of featured works available for you to select from, including a delightful elephant atop an aeroplane ($22.99) and our 16th president’s countenance powering a different aircraft ($21.99).
Revol Wireless provides cell-phone and landline service for a flat monthly rate, devoid of long-term contracts. In-store, customers can find phone cases, chargers, and headsets, along with smartphones from brands such as LG and Alcatel.
They say that home is where the heart is, and, in 1984, next-door neighbours Vickie and Jo Ann couldn’t have agreed with that statement more. Both moms with young children, the two women dreamed of staying home and caring for their kids, while also doing what they loved—sharing with others their joint passion for cooking. A kitchen-table discussion led to the foundation of Gooseberry Patch, and their first cookbook, released more than 25 years ago, featured many recipes borrowed from family members and friends.
Gooseberry Patch continues in its original tradition of collecting home recipes, but now their recipe ideas come from across North America. An active user base contributes to cookbooks covering topics such as baking, seasonal dishes and desserts, and kid-friendly dishes that children can make for themselves or with the help of a Barbie with arms bendy enough to hold a spoon. The library of cookbooks is complemented by calendars that similarly showcase recipes, help clients organize their holiday or party planning, or provide a foolproof way for anyone to remember what day it isn't.