Inside Kent Cycle, rows of handpicked, name-brand bikes from Surly, All-City, and Torker idle atop sleek hardwood floors, hungry for the chance to feel pavement beneath their tires. Elsewhere in the shop, mechanics keep mounts riding smoothly with regular tune-ups, and riding gear such as gloves, messenger bags, and long-sleeve jackets keep torsos free of moisture and safe from road debris and juggling pins lobbed by unicycle gangs.
From over 9,000 locations from Delhi to Detroit, Domino's realizes a dream kindled over 50 years ago when the three dots on the famous logo represented one restaurant. After a memorable ad campaign in 2009, the franchise crafted a brand-new pizza recipe with the collaborative help of the cooks that make the pies, the customers that eat them, and the dragons that cook them. In addition to baking up hand-tossed, crunchy thin, deep-dish, or Brooklyn-style pizzas, kitchen staffers also prepare chicken wings, stuffed cheesy bread, and signature dessert pizzas. Domino's exemplifies their commitment to responsible community stewardship with a plethora of charitable pursuits, from their partnership with St. Jude's Hospital to their on-the-scene response during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The professional petal peddlers at Oregon Corners Florist proffer a bevy of fresh blooms, beautiful arrangements, and gourmet gifts to suit any occasion. Light up mom's face with a colorful hydrangea plant, which arrives with an inscribable card, perfect for expressing love and thanks or lodging a formal request for an allowance raise ($71.99+). Or brighten the day of any picnic-loving family member by sending the Bright Day Basket, a handsome hamper bursting with summery seasonal blooms ($44.99+). Flowers speak a language of their own, ranging from a post-date single rose that whispers a hopeful "I want to see you again" ($34.99+) to the loudly cheerful Birthday Cylinder ($38.99+) and the compactly chic Roses in a Glass Cube, which wordlessly expresses what even the most frantically trapped mime cannot ($44.99).
From first sip to final swallow, Abruzzo's bottles all things vino and malted barley and hops into one convenient location, including bottling supplies and at-home wine- and beer-making equipment. Guzzlers can build a twisting tapestry of bitter tastes with the Brewer’s Best equipment kit (a $67.38 value), which includes every tool necessary for concocting barley imbibables––including a home beer-making book and a 6.5-gallon fermenter, perfect for filling party goblets and 6.5-gallon stomachs. Each kit also includes a beer ingredient pack in one of seven flavors (starting at $29.70), including Brewer’s Best American cream ale, American light, English brown ale, Scotch ale, red ale, or Bavarian Kolsch.
The dessert connoisseurs at Everything Strawberry dunk their signature berries in milk and white chocolate by hand before using them as artful toppings on cupcakes, cake pops, and Manhattan-style cheesecakes. With an eye toward revamping confectionary classics, they incorporate strawberries in homemade mini pies and lemon pound cake, which they add to gift packages for events such as Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving.
It would be nearly impossible for Jak Figler Designs Ltd to replicate any of their custom jewelry designs. That’s because their pieces are engraved with fingerprints, handprints, footprints, handwriting, and even paw prints. Customers can use prints from birth certificates, or capture new prints at home with one of Jak Figler’s baby-safe kits, or by following their DIY tips using household items such as finger-paints or pudding. After getting their prints on paper, people take a picture with their digital camera or phone and email it in. Using a high-resolution process that can capture even blurry, smeared, or foreign-language prints, designers then create a few options for customers to choose from. Other services include custom engagement and wedding rings, and Ohio pendants that are handmade by local artists.