Born from the imaginations of two brothers running a flower shop, Edible Arrangements has grown from a single neighborhood storefront in Waltham, Massachusetts, to more than 1,100 locations throughout the globe, sending clusters of fresh fruit to deserving loved ones throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Produce artisans arrange delicious bundles of candy-dipped apples, strawberries, and bananas alongside carved melon slices and morsels of orange, grape, and berry, combining the eye-catching color of a floral bouquet with every human's unconscious desire to feast on that bouquet. Guests stop in the store to enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and salad or pick up baskets to present to sweethearts, friends, or family in person. For web-based gift giving, helpful package tracking allows customers to keep tabs on their remotely ordered bounties of seasonal citrus bouquets and cocoa-covered berries.
For more than 75 years, The Foursome Fine Apparel and Shoes has outfitted feet with dressy and casual footwear in everyday and hard-to-find sizes. Staffers pride themselves on impeccably attentive service and their ability to perfectly fit shoes to each foot, ensuring that customers won’t have to put up with painful pinching or constant harassment from recruiters at the local clown college. Their selection spans the style spectrum from the structured silhouette of high-end oxfords to the beachy look of flip-flops, and it includes kicks from popular brands such as New Balance and Cole Haan.
The open-armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one. That's why they faithfully find a new home for second-hand clothing, accessories, and home furnishings via their stores in the Twin City area, the Phoenix Valley, and throughout Colorado. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
Bob Fisher, a third-generation shoe repairman, has saved soles, healed heels, and brightened boots for more than four decades. Bob, along with son Jeremy, fixes footwear of all makes, models, and blood types, offering up heel replacement (normally $12.50–$25.50), shines (normally $6.50–$11.50), stretching of leather and vinyl shoes ($8/width, $12.50/length), shoe patching ($6.50+), and more. Should someone step on newly-bought blue-suede shoes ($6.50), boots ($9.50), or Ugg boots ($35–$45), Bob can spiff them up with a scrub down that leaves them so clean they'll strike unless their wearers learn to walk on their hands. Prices listed are normal costs; to get an exact figure, bring your footwear into Bob's Shoe Repair for an estimate.
Enchanted Tree House brims with handpicked playthings, books, gifts, and a rotating selection of new and gently used children's attire within two colorful toy boxes. Kids literally grasp an understanding of shapes with a 25-piece geometric stacker by Melissa and Doug ($17.95) or construct an ant-free picnic with a sandwich-making set ($20.95). Good Night Zoo ($9.95) bids swift sleep to its animal subjects and readers alike, and other books inspire kids to dive confidently into their goals with tales such as figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi's story Dream Big Little Pig ($16.95). A multihued, personalized water bottle ($13.95) helps thirsty tots stay hydrated all through the puddle-jumping, monster-impersonating, and refrigerator-box-crawling portions of children's triathlons.