Merely ridding fabrics of stains isn't enough for Royal Quality Cleaners; the dry cleaner also wants to save visitors time and make them smile, which is why it carries gift baskets complete with happy-face balloons and bushels of candy. To be sure, the staffers are dry cleaners extraordinaire, purifying blouses, suits, and tablecloths and remedying ill-fitting outfits with deft stitching. They also take painstaking care to preserve nuptial memories by cleaning and boxing wedding dresses and bronzing the life jackets clients wore while honeymooning in their neighbors' garden fountains.
ShowOff Audio Center's passionate sales team and skillful mechanics employ a compendium of mobile audio, video, and electronics knowledge to outfit motor carriages with futuristic components. Keys become utilitarian infant toys after engines develop the remote-starting powers characteristic of an AutoPage C3-RS603 system. Installations wrap up in as little as one hour and back up efficient craftsmanship with a lifetime service guarantee.
Unique home-decor items can be an extension of one’s personality. At Rambles, a mix of new and used housewares and gifts allows decorators to find the final touches for any room. While upholstered couches and area rugs can contribute to a home’s overall look, it is Rambles’ more unusual accessories—bottle-cap magnets, framed comic-book memorabilia, and vintage LIFE magazines—that spark up conversations and cover up your pet squid’s ink splatters.
Kids can experience the sensation of weightlessness over and over again at Kids World Gymnastics, which counts an in-ground trampoline amongst its 19,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment. Kids can experiment with backflips an tumbles on the trampoline, which has a foam pit around it to ensure safety. There's also a preschool section where younger kids can play comfortably without the threat of a noogie. Classes feature expert instructors that teach age-appropriate tricks as well as skill-specific maneuvers for gymnastics or cheerleading.
Plato's Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from popular brands. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 00–19/20 for girls and waist size 28–40 for guys.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
The Fantasy Shop owners Dave and Kelli Wallace and their friendly staff escort culture enthusiasts through a chasm of comics, games, and merchandise. New single-issue comics ($2.99+) and trade paperbacks detail the adventures and misadventures of favorite heroes, antiheroes, and sea mammals posing as high-school students. Revel in the hexagonal pursuits of the two-player Hive ($31.95) or the little victories of Munchkin ($24.99), or select another game from a vast entertainment cavalcade of European- and American-style board games. Dungeons & Dragons Player Handbooks ($34.99) prepare Tiefling warlocks for spelunking and malicious encounters with falling rocks, and Magic: The Gathering booster packs ($3.99) aid deck-builders with instants, summons, and new-card smells.