For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Tehen Boutique has been in the fashion business since 1955, and its footwear inventory has earned it a nomination for best women's shoes on the 2010 CityVoter Hot List. The shop boasts apparel and footwear from such high-end designers as Elie Tahari, Tory Burch, Diesel, and Nicole Miller. Prepare legs for autumnal onslaughts with a new pair of Solid Pull On skinny denims ($98). Much like a fulfilling pizza, your torso also requires proper toppings—Tehen houses a wide-ranging collection of women's blouses for just such a purpose, including the elegant Trina Turk Ohara top ($125) and the colorful, collage-y Desigual print top ($114).
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall stores. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military, Invicta, and Casio. A collection of Sottomarino timepieces ($39–$599) bestows wearers with craftsmanship infused with contemporary and traditional flair, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion.
New Jersey Monthly chronicles the events, stories, businesses, and trends emerging and flourishing in the Garden State. Through print and online editions, journalists share with readers their recent discoveries; such as what brand new restaurants are opening across town or which doctors earn their patients' trust through caring, experienced service. Annual features such as the Best of Jersey rate the state's top restaurants, beauty venues, and health facilities, helping readers make informed entertainment decisions instead of picking a restaurant by its menu font. Along with eatery and spa features, the magazine also contains tidbits on fall day trip destinations, emerging local artists, and upcoming concerts.
A Steinway grand piano was not designed with a three-year-old in mind. These beautiful, expensive instruments—15 to 20 of which sprawl across Lindeblad School of Music's showroom—look too imposing and elegant for a person who still dreams of growing up to become a helicopter. But at Lindeblad School of Music’s recitals, these ivory-tickling toddlers climb the Steinway's bench, dangle their legs over its pedals, and begin to pluck rich, gorgeous sound from machines hand carved from African mahogany and other opulent woods. It’s not that the Lindeblad family doesn’t know the worth of these instruments—after all, they’ve been restoring them for four generations. But the recitals epitomize one of Lindeblad School of Music's educational principles: a dual emphasis on practice and performance. As they’re taking lessons, students are preparing to play before an audience on a superb piano or realistically painted refrigerator box. The faculty who help them all possess an inclination to instruction as well as diversity in their musical experience. Before a course of piano, voice, or guitar lessons, the school's director, Dr. Vogel, pairs students interested in a specific genre, such as classical or jazz, with teachers from that field, most of whom have a master’s degree or a Ph.D. During their children's lessons, parents can wait in a reception area equipped with a coffee machine, WiFi, and a television playing music programming. For students enrolled in regular lessons, Dr. Vogel invites parents to biannual conferences with their child's instructor for progress reports and goals assessment.
Did you know that dress shoes should rest for 24 hours between each wearing? Or that dry-cleaning chemicals can actually damage the fabric of oxford shirts? The team at Sarar does—with nearly 70 years in the menswear industry, they've become experts on the subject. The brand started as a single tailoring shop in Turkey in 1944, and has since grown to a global operation that's sold in 49 countries on five continents. It's gained in popularity over the years, thanks to an adherence to modern styles; the current selection includes slim-fit suits, sport coats and oxford shirts in bold colors, as well as fashion-forward outerwear such as velvet pea coats. To complete your wardrobe, Sarar offers shoes, ties, and other formalwear accessories, including diamond-encrusted burger spatulas.