Most people have been there, though few are proud to admit it—mere days before a birthday party or bridal shower, with no gift to speak of. Abundant Flowers takes the stress out of such last-minute predicaments with a full range of themed flower bouquets and gourmet baskets. Showing someone how much you care shouldn't be a chore, and the company seems to intuitively grasp this. They offer a convenient delivery service and safe online ordering 24 hours a day, so you can stay up late selecting a bouquet for that roommate who's always begging you to just go to sleep.
Batteries Plus, No. 19 on the Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise rankings, connects to a network of 515 stores in order to stock more than 40,000 types of batteries and light bulbs and ensure that customers can special order obscure parts. Their batteries range from dainty watch batteries to 5,000-pound leviathans that can power forklifts, and an on-site tech center can design and assemble custom batteries or rebuild old ones. A diverse array of chargers keep systems juiced, and the shop’s bulbs range from fluorescent tubes to heat lamps. To safeguard the environment, Batteries Plus's staff recycles all types of batteries and bulbs rather than hauling them to landfills or feeding them to each other.
GNC transforms average Joes into their G.I. counterparts with more than 2,000 products geared toward a healthy lifestyle. Glorious gladiators can choose from a wide variety of vitamins and supplements for men, women, and children. Herbal supplements such as ginkgo-biloba capsules ($23.49 for a bottle of 100 capsules) can increase energy and squirrel-human telepathy. Sports stars looking to shine more brightly can beef up with plenty of sports-nutrition products such as BSN CellMass ($18.99), or trim down with diet tools including shakes, supplements and cellulite-scaping leafblowers. A wide array of beauty products, including Go Smile teeth-whitening toothpaste($16.00) and sibu Beauty sea daytime facial cream ($19.95), helps nutrition nuts keep skin vibrant, nails strong, and self-confidence silky and smooth.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' staff¬¬––known as fruit experts––arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning bouquets for all occasions. The experts customize their patrons' orders to suit any event, dipping fruits into semisweet or white chocolate to complete the arrangement. They select their chocolate-coated morsels from a range of fruits such as pineapples, granny smith apples, and juicy strawberries that—unlike fruit products sold by mummies—don't contain any preservatives. For birthdays and anniversaries, they personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Alouette's ace jewelers fashion a wealth of adornments from a stock of Japanese seed beads, African bone beads, and numerous semiprecious and natural stones, such as onyx and tiger-eye. With staff creations and costume jewelry, Alouette embellishes necks, wrists, and gills for a plentitude of styles and occasions. The team also assembles custom rings or bracelets that conform to patrons' visions, and lead several jewelry-making classes to demystify the bead-stringing arts. To widen the crafting community, Alouette partners with Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society, gathering students together during monthly sessions for demos and group assistance, helping patrons decide what to make after swiping the Hope diamond.
Little Sweets provides the unnocturnal with mattresses, cozy pillows, and friendship-strengthening bunk beds from brands such as Serta, Walker Edison, and Donco Kids. Mattress protectors ($39–$99) guard against natural wear and tear and sleep-mixed martial arts, and Sertapedic Ruby Lane twin-size mattresses ($99) comfortably cradle '50s sitcom couples on opposite sides of the room where they belong. Pillows ($99–$139) come in multiple sizes and styles, making it easy to add a layer of comfort to a bare bedroom or a crumbling Y2K shelter.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change's experienced auto repairers classy up vehicles with a full-service treatment. An oil change, which Valvoline Instant Oil Change recommends every three months, 3,000 miles, or total lunar eclipse (whichever comes first), keeps fresh car blood coursing through a vehicle's innards, helping the engine run smoothly. The procedure also includes a complete examination of everything from the brakes to transfer-case fluid. A tire rotation prolongs the life of tires, promoting even wear and improving the overall ride of an automobile, even when running over Wham! cassette tapes.