In 1986, Scott Wells' friend introduced him to the world of[automotive window tinting), and Scott became hooked on the benefits. As the decades went by, Scott found more applications for window tinting, including residential buildings and giants in need of sunglasses. His efforts paid off in 2003, when Scott realized the dream of opening his own business and created ProTint (formerly ARC Window Tinting).
The most popular reason for window tinting, Scott says, is to block out the heat. On the surface, this may seem a simple response, but a decrease in heat renders many ancillary benefits, including increased energy efficiency and decreased air-conditioning costs. The tints also guard against up to 99 percent of UV rays and can prevent shattering, helping protect homes from strong winds during tornadoes or hurricanes. Scott's products have cosmetic applications as well, and his crew can create frosted designs such as geometric shapes or written insults aimed at the sun.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
The friendly flourists at Fabulous Florals and Gifts transform bunches of blooms into stunning bouquets that enliven special events and comfort those in need. A rose-and-tulip bouquet marries classic red roses with the springtime charm of pink tulips, making fall foliage green with envy ($69.99). A watering can of kalanchoe makes both a polite and direct reminder for forgetful gardeners ($19.99), and the beer mug of blooms combines fresh white carnations and acrylic rocks to create a faux-foam-topped brew that makes any suds-soaked pal produce tears ($29.99). For moms, grandmas, or stylish mail carriers, Fabulous Florals and Gifts also outputs the handbag of blooms, which unites roses, carnations, and daisy poms in a stem-swaddling reusable tote ($39.99/small).
Owner, buyer, and stylist Elizabeth Allen loves fashion, and she’s not alone. The popularity of her Murfreesboro boutique spurred a new location in Gulch. At both shops, Elizabeth and her team of stylists select and share seasonal fashions from brands such as French Connection, Frye Company, and Whitney Eve. Though the shelves and hangers are replete with printed dresses and vintage Chanel accessories, the boutique’s Denim Bar serves both women and men.
Secret agents prowl the premises, peering through magnifying glasses at pop stars' fallen boa feathers and dusting pirates’ treasures for fingerprints before reporting their findings to a headquarters fortified with cupcakes. Murfreesboro Toy Company invites children to take on these and other imaginary personas within all-inclusive party packages. A team of party planners lead soirees for up to 12 guests, with themes such as Secret Agent Spy—complete with fingerprinting and decoding secret messages—and Pop Star Diva, whose commemorative music video zooms in on children wielding inflatable guitars and wearing feather boas and glittering makeup. Tables swathed in colorful cloths and dotted with coordinating flatware host feasts of pizza, cupcakes, and punch, and each guest departs with party favors such as bath gel or temporary tattoos. Murfreesboro Toy Company's cheerful storefront teems with whimsical and educational toys by Madame Alexander, Playmobil, and other brands. Selections include bathtub basketball hoops for toddlers, Fancy Nancy dolls, and solar-system floor puzzles to test school-age tykes' spatial skills and allegiance to heliocentrism.