Lamps, sconces, and chandeliers cast a warm glow over cozy furnishings inside Lighting EFX's two showrooms, which the owners designed to "enhance the visual experience" of their clients. Their knowledgeable sales team greets customers and helps them navigate through indoor and outdoor lighting arrangements, both flocked by home accent pieces and migratory pink-flamingo statuettes. From among their merchandise, ceiling lights illuminate domiciles from overhead, and an array of stained-glass or polished-chrome accent lamps add both style and brightness to rooms. Old-fashioned outdoor gas lamps, all boasting an oil-rubbed bronze finish, cling to walls or stand atop posts, as a swarm of exterior hanging lights dot the night air.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Running shoes designed by New Balance, Mizuno, and other brands line the walls at Buckeye Running Company, a boutique dedicated to those who jog, race, or participate in marathons. Patrons can also peruse racks of athletic apparel designed by companies such as Saucony and Moving Comfort. The shop also holds events at which visitors can meet celebrated runners or learn techniques to avoid injuries.
The staff at Orange Leaf rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing power-hungry people and travelers alike with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate All Battery Center carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons drained from a long night of headlight staring contests. Powerables for household items are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs ($13.99) for bulk buyers, car chargers for the Apple iPhone 4 ($14.99), and backup energy supplies for the Amazon Kindle ($49.99). Digital cameras withering away from vacation use continue to snap beloved moments with a full-range of batteries, chargers, and binary poetry.