Named for its unique location between two railroad tracks, Between The Tracks Produce Market draws patrons in with hanging plants and rows of fresh produce, including its popular vine-ripened tomatoes. Here, owner Ken Washington has channeled his more than 30 years of experience in the grocery industry into creating a neighborhood market where fresh groceries meet small-town charm. Washington, who converted the space from an old auto shop to the veggie mecca it is today, takes great pride in providing sociable customer service, even suggesting that shoppers let him know what other items they'd like to see in the market or celebrities' faces they'd like to see in their potatoes.
Since they founded Lighting Concepts more than 24 years ago, owners Jimmy and Nancy Adcock have prided themselves on the diversity of their lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, home accents, and furnishings. In their 6,500-square-foot show room, ornate, multitiered crystal chandeliers sparkle alongside streamlined, geometric contemporary fixtures, and golden rays splay from wall lights, outdoor fixtures, and table lamps. Green fixtures designed for compact fluorescents and LED bulbs cheer Mother Earth and keep electric bills low, and colorful art glass and tiffanies stand ready to be repurposed as formal disco balls. Elsewhere, in a dedicated ceiling-fan and outdoor-lantern room, more than 140 fans—including 14 outdoor fans—spin lazily from high ceilings.Today, the Adcocks stay up-to-date on the latest styles and trends with biyearly trips to the International Lighting Show in Dallas. In addition, they participate in Lighting One, a cooperative of independent show rooms that grants customers access to exclusive products. They ensure that they always have experienced designers on hand to help customers compose the perfect lighting scheme, and outfit their site with a lighting search tool to help customers meet their needs online.
Nestled in historic downtown Trussville, The Spotted Zebra's cheerful pink sign invites pedestrians to meander through aisles of eclectic gifts and accessories. El Deano insulated tote bags gleam with green paisley and blue wave patterns, and T-shirts for children and adults bear heartwarming adages and cute designs. A kaleidoscope of jewelry pairs with patterned sunglasses and houndstooth watches, and monograms customize cups, towels, and wall décor. Throughout the year, a metamorphosing stock of seasonal décor and gifts also prepares shoppers for Christmas, Halloween, and Calendar Awareness Day.
With its experience in producing digital content for television and video, the team at Cam Video Productions also specializes in transposing outmoded analog formats into resilient data. 8mm film, video tapes, and slides are vulnerable to the ravages of time, the elements, and overly forceful attempts to jam them into a DVD player. By transferring these formats to discs, the memories within can be played on modern media platforms or saved upon computer hard drives.
Purchases made at TNT Fireworks Warehouse benefits partner non-profit organizations, strengthening programs in local communities. The company also has a commitment to both safety and customer satisfaction. Many of TNT's higher-charged products include a Glo-Fuze, which guides revelers safely to the fuse in poorly lit conditions, such as nighttime or a lesser reveler's fireworks show, and a No Dud Guarantee ensures that non-functional fireworks can be refunded with ease.
The Straw Hat's congenial owners, Charlene and Randa, curate a multihued microcosm of women's machine-washable threads. Tribal sleeveless T-shirts ($49) ward off heat and pesky cufflink salesmen by eschewing arm coverings entirely. Slip into the relaxed embrace of Not Your Daughter's capris in black, yellow, or white ($79), or caper through the shop's leg-liberating bouquet of dresses. A cornucopia of jewelry and duds by Brighton, Spanx, Pure Handknit, and a variety of other brands orbits around a lounge perched atop an ornate oriental rug. Personalized service allows patrons to opt for independent shopping jaunts or stylish support as trustworthy as Audrey Hepburn's rebounding game.