Frankie’s Card Cottage has furnished glad givers with uncommon presents, jewelry, and cards for almost three decades. Upon entry into the cozy storefront, customers are greeted with a treasure trove of commodities ranging from the familiar and the outlandish to the extraterrestrial. Vera Bradley bags proudly populate store racks ($10–$92) alongside sundry jewelry items ($10–$25). Frankie’s Card Cottage’s shelves house Willow Tree’s angelic wooden sculptures ($10–$32), whose edifying presence improves even the most morally corrupt living-room mantles. Greeting cards, a Frankie’s Card Cottage hallmark, vary in price ($1.50–$4.99) and crouch near a varied selection of invitations ($1.25–$1.80) waiting to be sent out to potential early preschool graduation-party attendees.
Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Tire’s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize décor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on Modern Tire Dealer's Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.
Since its days of bathing powder-blue laser suits in the 1970s, Executive Cleaners has grown with each decade to keep local trendsetters and faux pas-ers sporting spot-free wear. The only GreenEarth Cleaners in Polk county, Executive Cleaners swaddles all dingy clothes with odorless, eco-friendly solvents—each piece spot-treated, pressed, and hand-finished with care. The natural, silicone-based solution gently caresses dirt and grime from fibers, helping to improve the appearance of fabrics while also boosting each garment's wavering self-esteem. Though store prices may vary, sullied pants, shirts, and blouses ($5.30 each) can be spiffened, two-piece suits ($11.20) revitalized, and spotty dresses ($10.92) transformed into the princesses that they've always wanted to be or be on.
Walking into a HobbyTown USA is like immersing yourself in a science fair, toy store, and art-supply shop all at the same time. Stocked with items ranging from 1/25 scale 1969 Camaro model kits ($18.99) to easy-to-care-for ant farms ($16.99), the store has something for any age or interest. Spicy up the tide of warm weather with interactive outdoor activities, such as flying Turbo Jet 2000 gliders ($4.99) or kites shaped like 3-D space shuttles ($19.99), which, unlike real space shuttles, serve decent in-flight meals. For rainy days, pick up a 10-piece carving-knife set ($11.99) and an eight-color all-purpose paint set ($13.99) to repurpose any banister as a totem pole of achievement.
Off the Wall Adventures answers the call of extreme sports enthusiasts across multiple platforms. Their compound includes a 15-acre paintball field, complete with inflatable bunkers for speedball, a three-story fort, and a 5,000 square-foot castle capable of hosting battles of royal proportions. They offer scuba lessons, camps, and trips via their on-site scuba school, as well as kayak rental for on-the-water exploration.
In storefronts throughout the United States, Pro Image Sports equips fans with the apparel and merchandise they need to support their favorite athletes and teams in style. Each franchise's racks brim with jerseys, hats, and novelty items for every major professional sport, as well as apparel from college athletic institutions.
Edgewood Drive Shoe Repair cures footwear injuries and leaves toe room in its schedule for shoe-accessory retail. Busted heel tips can be replaced on women’s high heels ($10.75–$17.25/pair) or on most men’s shoes ($25–$28/pair). For a new look on a weathered pair, a professional shoeshine ($6.50/pair) brings luster to vintage penny loafers and camouflages snakeskin-boot blackheads. Edgewood Drive Shoe Repair strives to take on even small repair jobs ($5.50 each) such as a quick grooming of frayed sneakers or recalibrating the coordinates of ruby-slipper GPS systems. The shop can also fix other leather goods such as purses, belts, wallets, and golf bags.