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.
Alaska Chicks swaddles lonely hairlines in a plethora of stylish headband head wraps, available in more than 30 eye-popping hues, from an alluring sea green to an earthy tan and teal, and, because everything always tastes better with brightly colored condiments, an appealing mustard yellow. Head wraps—made with 100% acrylic—are adorned with a delicate knit flower, and thin vine headbands and thick vine headbands are decorated with a flowered vine pattern. Breathable thin-cotton headbands take up a narrower section of dome real estate and can double as hammocks for baby teacup pigs. Each head wrap comes with two adjustable buttons in the back for sizing, making it a versatile, one-size-fits-all lid that can grace the noggins of the entire family, from a toddler to Grandma to the family's trendsetting St. Bernard.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has been buying, selling, and trading new and gently used sporting equipment for kids, teens, and adults. Because children have the growing power and attention span of weeds, outfitting them with pre-owned equipment makes both economic and ergonomic sense. For teens and adults who need to sport a familiar logo while making a tackle or hurling a perfect pitch into an unlucky pigeon, Play It Again Sports gets new inventory daily from top name brands such as Nike, Adidas, TaylorMade, Callaway, Horizon Fitness, and more. The stores also carry supplies for winter, wheeled, and water sports, as well as enough fitness equipment to make a home gym seem more like a gym home. Prices vary by item, but athletic enthusiasts can prepare themselves for a refereed battle in baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, football, golf, and more, with the friendly staff standing at the ready to find the right fit.
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.