The seasoned racers at Right Fit Running know the mechanics of an excellent stride, the structure of sneakers, and the joys and trials of pounding the pavement. As runners themselves, they're fit to equip fellow athletes with shoes, apparel, and gear that enhance performance. When runners need new shoes, sales associates begin by evaluating foot shape and pronation. When runners want to scale up from half marathons to full marathons, the experts suggest energy supplements and performance-enhancing gear, such as compression socks and jet packs.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Glass Today was founded on the shoulders of brothers-in-law Rod Ellison and Shawn Stariha in 2000, when their small operation consisted of one technician, a van, a garage, and 30 years of collective auto experience. Six years later, Kevin and Heidi Foley purchased the business from Rod and Shawn, adding commercial and residential window services to the mix. Today, the showroom brims with samples of Quaker home windows, decorative glass for shower doors, as well as shelving and custom cut tabletops. Glass Today's experienced technicians still honor the founders’ mission, fixing and installing auto glass and backing their work with limited lifetime warranties and, occasionally, blood oaths.
Smokeless Smoking's three Twin Cities locations help longtime cigarette consumers shed the habit with electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without tar or carbon monoxide. Each e-cigarette device runs on a flavored e-liquid that re-creates the smoker's favored brand, with one 30-millimeter bottle delivering the equivalent of 30 packs of real cigarettes. Instead of noxious smoke, e-cigarette users puff away a simple, chemical-free vapor. The company's variety of kits offer a safer way to begin weaning off of nicotine without the carcinogens, smelly clothes, and bothersome camel entourage that come with cigarette smoking. Customers can purchase product warranties of up to one year.
The vision pros at iSight Family Eye Care help customers look sharp with comprehensive optical exams and a wide selection of designer specs and contact lenses. The shop's phoropter is manned by Dr. Chad Legois, who draws upon years of experience. iSight is part of a family of businesses that includes Metro Optics in St. Paul, Cottage Grove Optical, Dinkytown Optical, and SpecsOnTheBeach.com, located conveniently in cyberspace.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warranty repair tasks for more than 100 manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Stihl, returning a snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home decor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.