Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Fast Needle-Milton's squad of skilled, diligent needlesmiths earned the 2011 Customer Satisfaction Award from Talk of the Town. The talented tailors hem unlined pants ($10.50) with ease, sparing customers the inconvenience of having to supplement bottoms with pairs of outdated goldfish-heel platform boots. Nimble needles can adjust sports-coat sleeves ($22.95) or curtail the dimensions of a dress ($16.95) for maximum wearability. Shortening a wedding gown ($100) can help the sewers' bridal customers avoid tripping on hemlines during fast-paced rounds of the chicken dance at wedding receptions.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($38.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($27.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
Haul-My-Mess.com owner Ron McCully dispatches crews of strong, careful movers to help clients transport their belongings without stress or physical pain. Workers pull up to homes and businesses in large, 16-foot box trucks, eager to follow special orders, such as to haul away the sofa without waking the no-good roommate who’s sleeping on it. In addition to facilitating easy moves, Haul-My-Mess offers junk-removal services focused on reducing landfill waste by delivering reusable goods to local donation and recycling centers.
Over the past quarter-century, Karen has helped wedding guests get to the chapel on time, prospective employees stand out from the crowd, and family members send little thank-yous in style. “I consider it an honor to be invited into your lives,” she says—and it’s an honor she takes seriously. Beyond creating original, ornate designs for save-the-date cards or personalizing bar or bat mitzvah gift-bags, she provides a full-bore experience, even going so far as to hunt down chocolates made at a peanut-free facility for one affianced couple before their big day.
Marshall Carpet One has kept local foundations covered for more than 45 years. Today, their 17,000-square-foot showroom offers carpets for all traffic levels, as well as durable laminates and hardwoods, tile from domestic and international suppliers, and more than 1,000 designer and imported area rugs. Showroom staff members help customers navigate the showroom, which is organized by style, color, and ticklishness. Carpet One backs their materials with extra protection, including a Beautiful Guarantee that grants free replacement and tiered warranties that cover stains, fading, and minor water damage.