Ace Appliance's repairmen think in sevens and twos. They keep themselves available to clients seven days a week, even during evening hours, to ensure they can service malfunctioning household appliances whenever they break down. When scheduling service visits, they give clients a two-hour window for their arrival, saving homeowners the hassle of staying home all day or teaching the dog to sign work orders. But while Ace Appliance's technicians keep sevens and twos in high regard, their stock and sales associates focus on a different number; five million––referring to the five million parts they always have in stock for a variety of appliances, makes, and models.
Since Ford stopped making them in 1974, the iconic Galaxie 500 has become not only increasingly collectible but also increasingly harder to start. At Batteries Plus, though, which operates under the mantra “Any battery. Any bulb. For anything,” brand-new Galaxie 500 batteries sit alongside models built for cameras, motorcycles, and power tools in an inventory that includes more than 40,000 different batteries. This commitment to stocking the latest models and those of yesteryear means that customers can buy external battery packs for every model of iPhone, replace brake lights on a 1980 Volkswagen Vanagon, or even pick up a Studebaker battery before realizing they don’t have a Studebaker and putting it back down.
Though Data Center has been around for nearly a decade, its pristine new location on Telegraph Road feels like it was opened yesterday. Staff members stock shelves with an epic selection of hardware and software for PCs and draw upon 20 years of experience as they stay ahead of every twist, turn, and barrel-tossing ape on the information superhighway. Server parts and accessories fortify desktops and laptops, and the Center's certified techs can purge hard drives of harmful viruses and malware and retrieve lost files from the far reaches of a malfunctioning motherboard or tightfisted HAL 9000. Active Solutions Group, the parent company of Data Center, specializes in IT solutions for businesses, including network cabling, workflow processing, and security.
Sharper Image is the mothership of cool gadgetry, stocking all manner of electronic and modern doodads under one physical and online roof. Almost no facet of daily life is untouched by the store's stock: from sleeping to eating, relaxing to working, indoors to outdoors, there's a product on its shelves to make any activity easier or more fun. White-noise alarm clocks wake owners in the morning, but not before lulling them to sleep with clear, oceanic sounds. Digital barbecue forks test the internal temperature of grilled meats, and motion-activated desk lights give workers an illuminated runway for their paper airplanes.