In 2001, husband-and-wife team Todd and Anne realized two of their biggest dreams: they started a family and opened The Bike Lane. Throughout the store, bikes by Trek, Electra, Felt, Mirraco, and Surly lean on their kickstands alongside accessories such as water bottles, bells, or high-heeled spokes for date night. Certified staffers leap down from their stationary penny-farthings to perfectly match riders with new bikes through fit services that are free with purchase of a triathlon/TT, road, or mountain bike. In the repair shop, mechanics with 40 years of combined experience service bikes, overhauling brakes, installing parts, or custom-fitting wheels. To stay connected with its network of riders, The Bike Lane organizes educational safety events, advocates for bicycle-friendly communities, and sponsors more than 50 cycling events per year.
When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Counter Intelligence’s expert countertop agents have installed alluring, high-end kitchen surfaces since 1986. Skilled counter connoisseurs can visit homes during free in-home consultations, wielding digital templating equipment to ensure that new countertops fit perfectly into every nook and cranny. Once the complimentary kitchen template is ready, clients may select materials from a factory showroom, deciding on new counters, sinks, faucets, and edging. Grade-A, first-cut granite travels from quarries all over the world, bringing unique colors, patterns, and souvenir postcards, and arrives coated in IntelliGuard to ward off invading spills and stains ($1,995+ for 2 cm. thick slabs & installation in a 10’x10’ kitchen). Homeowners can also opt for nonporous, color-consistent Silestone quartz or more than 60 shades of robust Cambria quartz. After clients finish perusing a variety of undermount sinks, Moen faucets, and complimentary countertop edging, Counter Intelligence will begin its two-day kitchen overhaul.
Allegra magnifies messages with high-quality custom prints, helping businesses market their products and people add the right touch to their home décor. Their online-submission process allows customers to upload digital files with a few simple clicks so they don’t have to read all the binary code over the phone. The printing professionals at Allegra will then transform each encoded icon into an eye-fetching wall adornment. Allegra's digital-design software will successfully convert most files created on PCs, Macs, and sophisticated pocket watches. Though their work is not included in today's Groupon, the graphic-design team at Allegra can also help to put abstract ideas into images.
The experts at RFK Technology Services, LLC can wall-mount a plasma TV, but their technology installation and integration is typically subtler than that—it's mostly tiny tech tweaks that make life easier. The Electronic Service Technicians set up computer networks, for example, and install new, upgraded software; they can also program universal remotes, creating a unique atmosphere for the home. To help customers pick out the services that best fit their needs, the company runs a contact center where operators dispense advice.