Staffed by a fleet-footed force of track coaches and marathon mavens, Runner's High outfits bodies with cutting-edge shoes and a wealth of running-related advice. Sole soothsayers offer a complimentary foot analysis, evaluating necessary arch support, stability control, and heel wingspan to avoid injury and enhance endurance. Storerooms are stocked with popular brands of footwear such as the Saucony Ride ($99.95), ASICS Nimbus ($129.95), and Brooks Adrenaline ($99.95), which pumps up peds with motivational speeches and inspiring training montages. An array of accessories fasten securely to nimble hips and racing wrists for unobtrusive mid-run convenience, including the Timex Ironman Chrono watch ($49.95) and Amphipod four-bottle RunLite hydration belt ($44.95), plus safety lights and reflective supplies to inform cars of your two-legged status.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Edison, N.J.'s newest hammery slices up a classic recipe. Inside the savory-scented digs of HoneyBaked Ham – Edison, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Since the opening of its flagship shop in 1914, Sterling Optical has expanded ever westward, safeguarding the long-term health of patient's eyeballs at nearly 100 locations. Optometrists and professional staff man the eye charts at each store to perform comprehensive exams that check ocular health and assess prescriptions. Contact lenses, UV-blocking sunglasses, and stylish frames from well-known brands such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, Versace, and Coach pair with these prescriptions to ensure clients can see safely while driving or while operating a giant robot from inside its skull cavity.
Enrico Aquino III began tinkling the ivories at the age of three, eventually playing his way to the hallowed performance spaces at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The talented pianist was born into a musical family: his father opened a music school and piano store in New Jersey, and Aquino has kept the family tradition alive by embracing his father’s belief in friendly, encouraging instruction. The retailer pairs players with new and pre-owned pianos made by brands such as Seiler, J. Strauss & Son, and Baldwin Pianos or digital pianos from makers such as Viscount and Korg. The music academy, meanwhile, has guided fingers of all ages in waltzing across keys for more than 60 years. The academy’s skilled instructors delve into classical, jazz, and popular music during private lessons for pupils who have never read music to those who swallowed a metronome as a child and have been reaping the benefits ever since.