Imagination is given free reign at NewCastle Comics & Games, where real-time rounds of tabletop warfare are surrounded by thousands of back-issue comics from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Faux stone walls help blur the line between reality and fantasy, calling to mind a medieval dungeon or Vincent Price's breakfast nook while also serving as a perfect backdrop for a huge assortment of new comics and graphic novels as well as Warhammer 40,000 events and Weekly Magic: The Gathering sessions. The shop also boasts a large selection of gaming cards and supplies that allows fans to step outside quotidian roles to become something other than a dutiful son, hardworking waitress, or the seventh clown into the car.
The botanical beauticians at Maryland Heights Florist draw upon 40 years of flower whispering when arranging each month’s bouquet in the Flower-of-the-Month Club. Sign up a mantelpiece or just-married vase for a fresh, premade bouquet each month, and watch as interiors bloom anew with the colors of the season, such as oranges and browns during the fall and lilacs and Arbor Day greens during the spring. Customers can pick up their bouquets in-store during the last week of each month or upgrade to home delivery for an additional charge; check the store’s list of delivery areas to see if your home or inflatable vacation home falls within range.
United Volunteers' knowledgeable staff lines the shelves with a vast inventory of upscale clothing, furniture, and wares, and uses all proceeds to help disadvantaged people. Peruse well-organized racks or enlist a shop guru to help you locate properly fitting shirts or pants for casual barbecues ($3–$5) or studded leather jackets and pants for crashing casual barbecues. Younger shoppers can don kid-size clothing ($1.10–$2) or challenge their minds with a puzzle or board game ($0.50–$2). Furniture, such as sofas ($100–$150) and recliners ($35), cradles spines while supplying the adequate recumbence to take in a book ($1 for hardcovers, $0.50 for paperbacks), DVD ($3), or impromptu nap. The ever-rotating inventory, which passes through a gauntlet of highly selective sorters, brings in an assortment of other items, such as housewares and entertainment centers, and weeds out unusable items such as torn dresses and forged Declarations of Independence.
It all started with the humble pager. When Wireless Toyz opened up shop in 1995, that electronic icon of the late 20th Century made up the majority of its business. But as the pager disappeared, and a world of cell phones, tablets, and jet-propelled carrier pigeons took its place, Wireless Toyz has kept up with each technological revolution.
Today, there are more than 72 Wireless Toyz stores across the country. Inside each one, experienced staffers are on hand to repair and recover data from damaged smart phones, tablets, and computers from defects, virus attacks, and even water damage. In addition to their repair craft, stores stock their shelves with the latest new and used smart phones, tablets, and accessories for sale.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.