Bold, black lines splice Uptown Kids’ showroom into tidy planes. Amid this minimalist backdrop, the collection of colorful kids’ clothing practically vibrates. Designed by Rand Elliott of Elliott & Associates, the showroom reflects owner Carolyn Goldman's philosophy that clothing is like artwork and deserves a space that showcases it. This unique approach to fashion earned Uptown Kids a spot on the cover of Interior Design, as well as a slew of other positive press. In keeping with her philosophy, Ms. Goldman carefully selects bold, unique pieces by designer brands such as Little Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Diesel. The store also houses a collection of designer toys and accessories by P’kolino and Popochos to keep toddlers occupied and looking sharp during upcoming job interviews.
As parents explore the showroom, children can watch movies or tinker with toys in a spacious, transparent playroom. Additionally, the store hosts various kid-friendly events such as plays, concerts, and fashion shows.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Babies grow. This simple truth inspires the selection of infant and children's clothes that line the colorful racks of Trendy Uther Muthers. By selling gently used ensembles for less than they would cost in a standard store, the shop helps parents dress their youngsters in fashionable, funky attire without lamenting their investment when the clothes are outgrown. Alongside the arsenal of play clothes, dressy apparel, and comfortable shoes, furniture and home-decor items deck out bedrooms with zebra-print accents and splashes of pink. The staffers also create custom clothes, hair accessories, and bedding in tailored sizes to help tykes stand out at school and differentiate themselves from invisible friends.
The technicians at Sam's Wireless possess the skills to repair and unlock a variety of market-current smartphones. Techs can breathe new live into cracked iPhones by replacing the LCD screen, repairing damaged buttons, and replacing faulty batteries. Although water damage is typically devastating to today's dry-clean-only electronics, Sam's staff members clean away water molecules inside and out to bring phones back to the land of the living. Additionally, their unlocking services are good for a number of devices, including BlackBerrys.
Lower Soundz’s auto specialists equip vehicles with Earthquake audio equipment and remote-start systems that fire cars up, no keys needed. They also apply their technical skills to the sound systems of homes and alternative transports, such as boats and Trojan horses. When not tweaking electronics, Lower Soundz specializes in custom fabrication work.
Guestroom Records is an independent shop owned by Justin Sowers and Travis Searle, who donated their personal record collections for the store's original inventory. Stacked in intimate racks, the albums soon began multiplying, as Guestroom's selection grew to include thousands of LPs ($1–$8 used, $14–$22 new), and CDs ($5–$8 used, $10–$16 new) in two locations. Both stores offer ample opportunity for perusal of racks stuffed with new releases such as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, and more than 1,000 used records available for $1. Like any good record store, Guestroom employs record-store clerks, who can nonjudgmentally help you find the new release by an American Idol runner-up, or suggest one of their favorites.