The staff at New Balance of Philadelphia & South Jersey isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
Established in 1996, Relish is a different kind of jewelry store, harvesting beach glass found on the shores of Lake Erie for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and a variety of gifts. Sisters and Relish owners Jennifer Reed and Terri Reed-Boyer scour the beaches of Lake Erie in search of colorful materials for their wearable works of art. Trained metal smiths, Jennifer and Terri use each piece of beach glass, as is, to handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Genuine sand-sourced baubles are threaded with near-invisible filament to create the Illusions necklace, a simple and elegant accessory that can be easily paired with everything from a dramatic evening dress to an especially fetching painter's smock ($20 and up). Glam up lackluster earlobes with a wide selection of earrings, which includes the dangling beauty of French wire ($24 and up) and the simple sophistication of sterling-silver post earrings ($26 and up). Christmas ornaments ($25), framed artwork ($70 and up), and handmade note cards ease sophisticated gifting year-round. Relish also offers custom-made jewelry, providing personalized pieces that allow wearers to stand out, even in a crowd of their own clones. All of Relish’s original and eye-ensnaring beach-glass jewelry and gifts are on display inside a 3,000-square-foot studio and gallery.
The staff at Fashion Time hold time itself in their hands, in the form of their store’s collection of eye-catching watches. At locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, they repair watches in addition to pairing customers’ wrists with low- and high-end watches from name-brand designers, such as Edifice, Kimio, Seiko, and Citizen. Customers can also peruse the store’s inventory on its comprehensive website, with shipping available nationwide. Already-purchased watches can be registered online through an easy submission form or a more difficult smoke-signal pattern.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon