Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements. The three Triangle branches collaborate with a variety of local North Carolina athletic and wellness organizations, including Carolina Railhawks, D1 Sports Training and Therapy, and Rapid Fitness.
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc. runs nine children’s care centers across the region that serve infants and children with disabilities. The care centers offer special services including speech, occupational, and physical therapy to those with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, in addition to classes for children with and without disabilities. Its curriculum is designed to appeal to each age group, with developmental programming for toddlers and exploratory play with toys for children up to age 8. Because the classes are inclusive, differently abled children learn together in groups, breaking down social barriers and encouraging them to help each other learn.
Bespoke tailor Raj Bulchandani custom measures his clients, then crafts Egyptian-cotton shirts and smartly fitted suits in the tradition of the tailors of London's Savile Row. Discriminating human mannequins select from an array of Egyptian wools and cottons in more than 14 shades to create custom-cuffed shirts, and prospective suit owners take their pick of more than 350 patterns and fabrics from mills including Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Fintex, and Holland & Sherry. Raj then takes a flurry of measurements to create a unique pattern for each client, rather than relying solely on one-size-fits-all models or futuristic space-suit prototypes.
The owners and staff of Bijuju bring the North Hills boutique to life with a shared passion for creativity and personal expression through fashion. They stock shelves and tables with a range of jewelry and accessories such as pashmina scarves, antique rings and necklaces, woven belts, and straw and fabric hats. Their handbag selection includes clutches, totes, and portals to other universes. Though they focus on traditional and modern fashions, they also care about the community: they store has supported local and national groups including the American Cancer Society and Alzheimer's Association.
Fifth Season Gardening specializes in hydroponics, homebrewing, and organic gardening. Complete hydroponic systems can help hobbyists grow plants in any type of environment, and organic gardening supplies such as fertilizer and composters can maximize produce yields. Customers may also browse a wide selection of urban D.I.Y. products. Aside from serving as a go-to spot for garden items, Fifth Season Gardening boasts must-have supplies for homebrewers of all skill levels, from fresh hops and yeast,
to cleaning accoutrements and educational books.