For more than 85 years, the ASE-certified parts specialists at NAPA Auto Parts have recommended and supplied quality parts from their network of stores that has grown from one parts shop to 6,100 locations nationwide. The National Automotive Parts Association organizes its more than 400,000 tools, replacement parts, and accessories in a unique and intuitive inventory-control system that tracks down customer selections quicker than the Dewey Decimal System equipped with a fast-forward button. To skip the shipping, the online inventory system also lets customers reserve their parts for in-store pickup for immediate gratification and diminished wait times. Proud sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 car, NAPA Auto Parts meets the automotive needs of drivers both professional and recreational.
The beauty experts at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio take a personal interest in their clients’ pores. They perform complimentary assessments of skin type before plucking the proper makeup from a varied inventory, ensuring foundations and shadows flatter complexions and compound eyes. Comprised of cosmetics and skincare from the Merle Norman line, which was born in Los Angeles in 1931, the beautifying powders and serums can be tested in-store before purchase. That means customers can sweep bronzing powder across cheekbones and seal in the sun-kissed hues with Expert Touch Finishing Spray before deciding if it really matches their favorite ski mask. In addition to the studio’s namesake line, staffers also stock professional OPI nail polish, perfumes, and accessories.
The warmth of the staff at Mile 5.2 Greenhouse & Gift Shop rivals the warmth of its hand-tended conservatory. The affable plant buffs rely upon customer-focused service to combat impersonal "big-box stores," gladly guiding visitors through their greenhouse's lush pathways where flowers peek from hanging baskets and tropical plants share the roof with herbs. More than 125 types of perennials and fruit-bearing boughs boost their resilience as they endure the winter cold, training their blooms to return year after year so they can one day avenge their ancestors against the weed-whackers of clumsy gardeners.
In addition to its striking greenery, the Eagle River outpost stocks their gift shop with an array of gourmet foods, ranging from Lake Champlain chocolate bars and Oregon salt-water taffy to hearty soup and bread mixes. Additionally, home accessories such as wind chimes and scented candles can pair with potted petals to create colorful gift combinations.
At Rigeneration Nutrition, a wealth of body-boosting vitamins, natural soaps and cosmetics, and whole foods helps bodies to achieve healthy, eco-friendly living. Rather than stocking shelves with artificial preservatives, the all-natural emporium promotes healthy living and wholesome diets with fresh CSA organic produce and wholesome health foods. The store also carries supplements and omega oils from brands such as Nordic Naturals and Nature's Sunshine that aim to keep bodies strong and balanced, and green household products from Sun & Earth polish up households without harsh pollutants or irritating additives.
The Baby Store Toys and More outfits quickly growing babies and kids with gently used clothing often originating from local Alaskan merchants. The shop's changing inventory comes from many sources, but tends to include locally made blankets and nursing covers from Krafts with Kare, infant shoes and hair bows from Kristin Morgan Designs, and silk ring slings from AK Adventure Baby. Toys and clothing inside the shop generally cover kids through age 12, the age at which all children begin to design their own wardrobes.
Every shoe that's shipped to Active Soles undergoes rigorous testing before making it to the sales floor. The store's running experts expose the sneaks to rocky terrain, concrete sidewalks, and grocery-store conveyor belts before giving their "gold seal of approval." By testing the shoes in various environments, the staffers gain practical knowledge that can be passed on to customers. The store maintains an up-to-date stock of New Balance, Brooks, and Keen shoes, as well as gear and nutritional aides.