A collector of fine wares from around the world, Adobe has gifts and rare items you’d be hard-pressed to find outside of Ancient Persia, the Holy Roman Empire, or Middle Earth. Nab a ceramic serving platter by well-known Mexican craftsermerator Gorky Gonzalez ($45), a box of hand-rolled Perin-Mowen votive candles ($30), a bar of herbal Italian soap ($10), or velveteen, eco-amorous bamboo towels ($37).
The team members at Imperial Vintage Guitars spend nights gigging at local clubs or editing new tracks in the studio. By day, they draw on these musical chops to help customers choose from a stock of new and vintage electric guitars from manufacturers such as Gibson and Fender. Those six-strings share the shop with acoustic guitars, bass guitars, amps from Fender and Marshall, and accessories such as tuners and strings.
If those strings break, the denizens of Imperial’s repair shop can swiftly replace them with new nylons or steels. They also take on more complex jobs, from artfully restoring old guitars with vintage parts to explaining why Randal is a terrible name for a guitar.
Brother-and-sister duo Glenn Treibitz and Cheryl Fox and their team love their jobs. The pianos that Hollywood Piano Company stocks unlock dreams, passions, and ambitions, and he couldn't think of a better way to spend his days. Family-owned since 1928, the store sells acoustic pianos made by some of the best manufacturers, including Estonia and Baldwin. There's also digital pianos by Roland and Kurzweil that precisely simulate the sound and feel of acoustic pianos. Glenn and his team of music lovers also tune, rent, and restore pianos. To give customers everything they need to fully appreciate their new instrument, the shop offers lessons, as well.
Skin Deep Studio & Salon's staff analyzes skin to create personalized skincare plans and nutritional diets during complimentary consultations. Personalized regimens allow clients to follow plans that address their skin's unique needs, helping them meet their epidermal goals, such as having clearer skin or skin that glows purple when the Baltimore Ravens are on television. The staff offers a full menu of skincare treatments, including deep-cleaning facials, acne treatments, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Along with providing skincare, staffers relax muscles with massage therapy, apply permanent makeup, and remove hair with waxing services.
They are machines that can ignite children's imaginations. Rolling Robots was started by two aerospace engineers who wanted to spark that excitement in children. They inspire young scientists with parties and workshops where kids can design, program, and create robots starting with the basic circuits. Once they've built their metal friends, kids can join the internationally competitive team to show off their futuristic skills or pit their robots in a battle for the right to conquer humanity.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.