Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Kids will have so much fun launching spinning disks, applying temporary tattoos, mixing their own silly putty, practicing maniacal laughter, and reanimating dead tissue that they'll forget they're learning. The eight to 10 interactive experiments rarely make a mess, and Mad Science will handle any wacky hassle or silly spill. Upgrades are available by applying the value of the Groupon and paying the additional charges.
Ranked ninth in Franchise Times' 2009 list of 55 rapidly expanding companies, Cellairis brims with a parade of sleek cases and accessories designed to protect and augment hand-held devices. The iPhone 4 or 4S can nestle in the glittery polycarbonate of a sugar shack case ($29.99), which adds a protective gold cloak to a phone without letting King Midas use it to order a pizza. To delight ears, harmonies resonate through a pair of cobalt-blue stereo earphones ($39.99), and a slim and foldable Magic Folio iPad 2 case ($39.99) both props up and protects iPads. Drivers plug a mobile charger ($19.99) into a car to power Apple devices during long drives or one-man destruction derbies.