Pzaz Dresses drapes patrons in shimmering designer gowns fit for special occasions, proms, and weddings. Customers browse frocks in all the colors of the rainbow, color wheel, and Technicolor peacock within Pzaz’s overflowing show room. A Jovani drape-back jersey short dress ($320) wraps its wearer in royal blue, and a Jovani animal-print sequin short dress puts a glittery spin on traditional eveningwear ($300). Long layers of eye-grabbing fuchsia or gray mark the Night Moves evening dress by Allure, enveloping its wearer in auras of elegance. Touch Ups shoes ($30+) complement torsos and top hats with simple, single-color comfort that classes up pavement pounders more effectively than dressing toes in tiny tuxedos.
The two-wheeler wizards of Bike Discounters stock bicycles for all types of terrain from top manufacturers such as Schwinn, Redline, and Giant. They keep steeds streetwise with general cycle maintenance—including tire installations, gear adjustments, and wheel truing—as well as tune-ups and a shrine of Say No to Potholes bumper stickers. The shop also carries an extensive array of accessories, from Thule car carriers to Louis Garneau helmets and CamelBak hydration systems.
Matt Guiliano's Play Like a Pro packs eight hitting tunnels, four batting cages, four pitching mounds, a 90'x40' fielding area, and a 96'x40' soccer field into its 33,000 square feet. The varied areas set the stage for equally diverse play, from private baseball or softball lessons to Sports Bash camps (which cover everything from soccer to European-style handball) to Xbox gaming in the Sports Cave. Or athletes can practice their swing in the batting cages, adjusting the speed of the pitch to anywhere between 35–80 miles per hour.
It’s not enough for Haute1’s staff to outfit their shoppers with creative statement accessories in the form of neon earrings, spiked headbands, or the whimsical gold-chain ribbed necklace that runs the length of the torso. The bauble curators amp up the fun by inviting shoppers to fill out wish lists online. Once a month, the digital boutique bestows items from the lists upon randomly selected members and their earlobes through their Facebook accounts.