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.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
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.
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.
With every tire purchase at Suburban Discount Tire, customers receive complimentary tire services including free repairs, rotations, and wear-and-tear checks. A team of technicians extends the life of rubber feet through a nitrogen-fill program, which helps maintain proper tire inflation to keep cars trundling down highways or careening through drive-in movie screens during pivotal plot points. The techs also performer preventative services to repair faulty belts, leaky AC systems, and oil filters overdue for a change.