Her Majesty Boutique's staffers aim to treat each woman who walks through their door like a princess—and dress her accordingly. In addition to top designers, such as Bebe, BCBG, and Calvin Klein, the boutique carries startup designers and is the only place to find looks by Dee's Designs & Beach Bridal Gowns. Jeans by 7 For All Mankind and True Religion stock closets with everyday wear, and Nina Canacci special-occasion frocks ready ladies for proms, pageants, or black-tie flag-football games.
Royal red drapes cordon off a trio of dressing rooms, all trimmed in black-and-white damask that pops against the shop's pink walls. A crystal-drenched chandelier illuminates shoppers as they twist and turn in front of mirrors or consult the Audrey Hepburn portrait hung outside. To polish off ensembles, shoppers can peer into a glass display case that glimmers with crystal and rhinestone jewelry or snag a straw beach bag to match a new swimsuit.
Since selling their first flower in 1990, the collective green thumbs of Oasis of Port St. Lucie’s savvy staff have been helping local homeowners transform domestic green spaces into lush landscapes. With years of landscaping experience and an innate understanding of southern Florida’s climes, the staff deftly assists homeowners in residential revamps, doling out information regarding everything from proper watering techniques to speaking conversational garden gnome. The store’s shelves remain stocked with a bountiful assortment of verdant flora able to thrive in the local environment, brimming with a host of hardy-yet-alluring greenery such as palms, shrubs, and ground covers. On a palm-lined brick patio, decorative statues and pottery bask in the sunlight, politely ignoring the renditions of “Car Wash” warbled by sparrows test-driving the birdbaths.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
At the birthday party, children and adults alike sit rapt as the handlers produce a menagerie of small lizards, snakes, and amphibians. As they remark on the creatures' physical features and behavioral traits, these handlers might ask the birthday boy or girl to hold a turtle, or welcome members of the audience up front to pet a scaly head. Though it's often difficult to hold the attention of young and old at once, the staff of Claws Paws & Jaws strike just the right balance with their interactive animal experiences.
Building on the company's 25-year history and their own love for animals, staffers frequently travel to a range of events—from private parties to festivals and corporate promotions—to educate others about their scaly and slimy companions. At the indoor Rainforest Zoofari, they perform public reptile feedings and demonstrations, as well as face-to-face encounters and showcases of the season's hottest pith helmets. And yet, for all of these applause-grabbing shows, some of Claws Paws & Jaws's most important programs unfold behind the scenes. Staffers work tirelessly to rescue abandoned animals, and perform services ranging from assisted feeding and injury care to the sale of pet supplies and frozen or live feeders.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been buying and selling new and used sports and exercise equipment. They are keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Easton, Wilson, Nautilus and Schwinn, make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball, golf, soccer to lacrosse and football. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Variety is not only the spice of life, it can also be the spice for spicing up the bedroom. With a potpourri of adult entertainment and erotic accouterments, Star Video fills customers' proverbial spice racks with sensual seasonings of all kinds. Defying the cold shoulder of internet shopping with a tangible selection of sensations, the tony adult playground offers a rich library of movies and magazine selections that account for all predilections, including straight, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, ethnic, and amateur. Star Video also stocks adult-themed toys for personal use, including oils, harnesses, and friendly devices, plus gag gifts for bawdy laughs at bachelorette parties. For the amorously adventurous, the inner lingerie store features eye-popping apparel such as teddies, stockings, garter belts, and baby-doll dresses, plus lascivious accessories such as handcuffs, belly-button rings, and whips.