Designer Anna Balkan, whose colorful, natural-gemstone jewelry has been featured in Lucky and In Style magazines, graces necks, earlobes, and arms with her original designs and handcrafted jewelry. Inside Anna's stylish, all-white showrooms, her eye-poppingly bright jewelry stands out in display cases organized by color palate, allowing shoppers to choose delicate pieces suited to their style and complexion. Individually selected semiprecious gemstones intertwine with 14k gold fill, sterling silver, and unbreakably beautiful adamantium in Anna's whimsical collections.
Filled with whippersnappers soaring down slides and giggling as they hop on giant trampolines, Superior Play Systems' sprawling showrooms seem more like lively amusement parks than retail stores. As youngsters explore the professionally assembled play sets and basketball courts, staffers attend the parents, answering inquiries and guiding them through the store's extensive selection of safety-tested trampolines, and sports and recreation equipment. The store is home to a sweeping variety of imaginative play sets, made from durable materials like certified California redwood and cedar.
Lipsey Mountain Spring Water uses toxin-free containers to escort pure natural spring water from the Blue Ridge Mountains into local homes and offices. Using pharmaceutical-grade glass containers imported from Italy, Lipsey's liquid gold is bottled from sources inside the Lipsey family property in Nantahala National Forest. Unlike plastics, these 100% recyclable glass containers are free of harmful contaminants such as BPA and preserve your water's purity and taste so that it can be contaminated by sugary drink powder not endorsed by astronauts.
Hong Trinh, trained by her father who was a master tailor in Vietnam, demonstrates her 20-plus years of experience with the deft strokes of her sewing needle. Trinh and her team of tailors can mend slacks made un-wearable by growth spurts or exposure to enlargement lasers by hemming the pant legs, which remedies length issues by sewing folded cloth onto itself while still maintaining the original, professionally sewn look. They can also employ their garment expertise to replace broken zippers ($15), take in suit blazer sleeves ($30), adjust pant waistlines ($15), and disable self-destruct devices in vintage spy wear. Hong's Custom Tailor staffers also offer custom embroidery and per-project services upon request.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.