Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
The Perfect Pair offers stylish gifts and stationery for all occasions in a quirky, chic boutique. The friendly staff assists customers in creating custom-designed invitations and notifications or in finding a great party favor or thank-you trinket for events of any size and theme. Scribes can choose from designers such as William Arthur, Crane's, and Lilly Pulitzer, and then opt for handy services such as personal monogramming. Should crafts call for calligraphy, designers can select from a variety of brands and font styles after consulting the octopus wrangler for ink colors. A personal-shopper service is also available to help patrons long on generosity but short on ideas. Just contact the store, provide information about the recipient, and rest assured that expert shopper elves will select a unique present suitable for birthdays, corporate events, or Thursdays.
At Shoes Cup and Cork Club, patrons can enjoy a welcoming ambience and striking décor while sampling delectable sips and nibbling on tasty tidbits. Located inside a former shoe-repair shop, the interior showcases eye-catching touches such as brass footrests and wooden shoe cases. Visitors will be able to bring along a friend or reconciled archenemy and sample three wines, such as the McManis Viognier '08 and Paraiso Chardonnay '07, of their choice in 1.5-ounce tasting samples. Each pair will also nosh on one hummus and flatbread platter or fruit and cheese platter, which will soothe palates and meld with complex wine flavors like a smile-inducing pleasure ointment. Additionally, though not included in the Groupon, a varied menu offering coffee, drinks, and hearty fare douses fiery appetites. The laid-back vibe at SC&C is perfect for surfing the Net, writing a text-message novella, or vigilantly anticipating an Elvis sighting. Enjoy tasty bites and savory wines in a relaxing setting with today’s side deal.
The staff at Fashion Time hold time itself in their hands, in the form of their store?s collection of eye-catching watches. At locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, they repair watches in addition to pairing customers? wrists with low- and high-end watches from name-brand designers, such as Edifice, Kimio, Seiko, and Citizen. Customers can also peruse the store?s inventory on its comprehensive website, with shipping available nationwide. Already-purchased watches can be registered online through an easy submission form or a more difficult smoke-signal pattern.
Originally a clearinghouse for the glamorous Saks 5th Avenue department store, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH has blossomed into a universally respected retailer of high-end clothing and accessories for women and men. Like the fact that neckties can work in a pinch in a ribbon-dancing competition, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH is one of the fashion world's best-kept secrets with its deep discounts on apparel and accessories from more than 800 different top brands and respected designers, such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Halston Heritage. Guests shop in-person or online for faux or real fur pieces, timeless cropped leather jackets, luxurious handbags, slim-fit suits, and on-trend shoes.
The garment-charmers at Lipstick Lounge coax their stylish selection of new and gently loved attire and jewelry from local artists, name-brand designer depots, and their clientele's own closets to create a unique fashion potpourri. Designer brands pop up like couture whack-a-moles, and the latest ethereal crop ranges from C&C summer tops ($18) to chic Prada sunglasses ($140) for customers with dangerously bright futures. Match a Lily Pulitzer skirt ($30) with a summery top from Nanette Lepore ($28), and accessorize the snazzy look with a Coach purse ($60) or costume jewelry (under $25). The Lipstick Lounge accepts clothing by appointment only, and requires items to be clean, hole-free, and house-trained before finding them a new owner.