Personal Touch Custom Auto's owner, Ron Sanders, started detailing cars at the age of 19, and he still enjoys the work as much as he did back in his community-college days. Though he handles the operations of the shop, you won't find Ron sitting behind a desk—he gets his hands dirty right alongside his crew. During detailing treatments, he and his technicians gently hand-wash cars before slathering them in coats of wax and carnauba-sealant applications to protect paint. They also employ their expertise to install audio equipment, patch dents, and wrap auto glass in quality scratch-resistant films that guard auto interiors from 98% of UV rays, lingering heat, and direct eye contact with strangers.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
The Hook Up’s technicians give electronic devices large and small a new lease on life. The team repairs touch screens, digitizers, lenses, and buttons to restore broken smartphones and tablets to like-new conditions. Gaming consoles made unplayable by freezes can once again take their place inside the living room after visits to The Hook Up. Though their primary focus is on repairs, the staff also stocks a variety of smartphone and tablet accessories, with an entire wall full of cases for all the different cellphone brands and models. They also carry batteries, as well as data cables that enable phones and computers to communicate without the lag of postcards.
Founded by Henry Tucker, Heels & Soles, Etc. keeps clothes and accessories intact with shoe-and-handbag repair, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. The professional staff follows a tradition forged in the course of 40+ years in business by coddling delicate fabrics, purses, belts, and shoes made of any material except snow.
Joanna Gray Shoes specializes in chic designer hoof-holders that are equally at home at the office, out on the town, scuba diving, or in blue jeans. Knowledgeable staff will help browsers locate their solemate, be it a pair of boots, sandals, or the featured sling-backs by Spanish designer Pura Lopez. Pick up four pairs of flip-flops from the spring 2011 collection for $100, or choose from Joanna Gray’s full array of classy clodhoppers ranging in price from $80 to $450.