The T-shirt. Pinnacle of comfort, paragon of laid-back style, and proof that you have, in fact, been there and done that. The professionals at All American T-Shirt Printers honor these timeless pieces of apparel by emblazoning them with graphics and lettering customized by their clients. Each tee—made by manufacturers including Champion, Hanes, and Gildan—comes in a variety of sizes and colors, making complex orders a snap. In addition, the shop also stocks a variety of other print-ready items, including aprons, tank tops, and scrubs.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Alexandra’s Boutique stays on trend by importing designer wares from international style centers including New York City, Miami, and Greece. Style-savvy staffers assist clients in piecing together personalized outfits that complement any body type, eye color, and complexion, from summery paisley prints to stunning gowns. Far from a mere collection of beautiful fabrics and baubles, Alexandra's serves as a nerve center for sociability and fun during wine-and-cocktail Ladies' Nights Out or birthday parties.
In 1988, to capitalize on one of the tech world's more cutting-edge advancements, Russ Weldon opened what he called The Car Phone Store. The store has grown into a franchise and now goes by Wireless Zone, still focusing on the current tech trends. Customers can browse a slew of smartphones, tablets, GPS devices, Martian spoons, and gadget accessories from brands such as Samsung and BlackBerry. The strength in numbers from being a franchise doesn't just mean more locations throughout the East Coast to purchase the latest gizmo. It also means more support for the Wireless Zone Foundation, the company's charitable branch that benefits organizations such as the Children's Tumor Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and United Hospice of Rockland County.
A full wall of cymbals. A huge stock of both new and used guitars and drums, some of them custom-made. And, out of sight, the sounds of instructors teaching students to master two dozen different instruments. In addition to private lessons, Division Street Music Shop's group classes bundle grownups into rock bands, teach ensembles to improvise jazz, and cover genre-specific curricula such as rock and blues guitar. Summer music camps are packed with recording and performance opportunities so that kids don’t get bored and spend the whole three months re-doing last year’s homework.