One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
Brimming with a full line of USDA-certified, human-grade treats for pets, The Cheshire Cat & Dog, Too LLC feeds domesticated darlings with scrumptious pet cuisine made with natural, quality ingredients. Selections for cats and dogs include offerings from Wellness, which incorporates human-grade proteins while avoiding meat by-products, preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors, as well as Taste of the Wild dog foods, which supplements roasted meats with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. A variety of raw and canned options for canines and felines ensure dietary variety while providing additional sources of healthy proteins.
For more than 100 years, Spector Furniture has brightened drab, darkened homes with a vast collection of designer furnishings, accents, and lighting. Patrons peruse the showroom, lined with mirrors (up to $200), sofas ($899+), recliners ($500+), and other room-boosting units from frequently slept in, sat on, and hurdled over suppliers such as Stanley and La-Z-Boy. Attentive associates help find armoires and cabinets to fit your home’s distinct style, ranging from rustic cabins to modern dens. Orders within 20 miles receive free delivery, and all purchases come with free setup, so customers can avoid confusion trying to attach mislabeled legs to dangling chandeliers.
Framed, which was named runner-up for Best Frame Shop in 2010 by readers of the New Haven Advocate, uses careful custom-framing techniques to produce well-balanced rectangles for all occasions. Overseen by 15-year framing veterans Liz Hellwig and Rocco Compitello, the staff at Framed meets with prospective project doers, ironing out the two-dimensional details for projects large and small. These canvas wranglers practice conservation framing, a technique that keeps pieces true to their original condition through the use of specialized glass and acid-free mat boards. Likewise, to ensure quality and a pleasant lack of presidential apparitions, all custom projects are constructed on-site, in the store's comprehensive workshop. Though framing rates vary from project to project, an average 18"x24" piece—including black wood frame, standard glass, and dry mounting—starts at approximately $66.
The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
During the month of October, Fairview Tree Farm breaks out into Halloween-inspired atmosphere for hayrides. The nursery and farm welcomes guests for a series of spooky nights spent riding across a 1.5-mile route as spooky decorations and creatures attempt to rattle riders. Concessions are available before and after the ride, allowing customers to forget about their fear or their spilt candy corn with hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.