Kid to Kid is an upscale children's and maternity resale store that buys clothing, toys, furnishings, and baby gear before selling it back at affordable prices. Before making the cut, all clothes and shoes must be deemed certifiably elite in stylishness, cleanliness, and newishness. Items are hand-selected by discerning staffers who put them through an intense screening process in which the gems make the rack and the duds are sent back. Back-to-school shoppers can find brands such as Gap and Gymboree, and moms-to-be can find fashions for themselves and their baking buns. Each piece of equipment and every toy is squeaky-clean and well-mannered, always poised for an invite to the most exclusive teddy bear picnics.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Ben's Brands for Less houses a selection of overstocked name-brand home furnishings and mattresses at discounted prices. Household relaxation units from Simmons, Lane, and Broyhill complement any style or space, from art-deco dining rooms to children's bedrooms to ornate home mission-control centers. Dads can stage rest-offs on a dual reclining sofa ($499+) or survey a den outfitted with an entertainment center ($149+) and Simmons leather rocker recliner ($349+). Restless hibernators can return to goodnightliness with Ben's compendium of Beautyrest and Southern Cross slumber chariots. Affix frames with a Southern Cross luxury firm mattress ($248–$548) or a Simmons Harley plush mattress ($398–$798) to soften dreamscapes.
When recession forced their pizzeria to close in 2008, Mrinali Goswami and her husband, Bala Dommeti, raised some funds by selling the plants they recreationally grew in their backyard on Craigslist. With an unexpected surge in popularity, the duo soon found themselves on the radar of zoning officials, who informed them they couldn’t legally sell plants in a residential area. Fortunately, they were able to use the sales they already made online to purchase a three acre nursery and, according to the Rockdale Citizen, house more than 5,000 plants. What was once a part-time gardening hobby now blossomed into a full-time gig.
Pixies Gardens cultivates all sorts of plants, from pear trees and dogwoods to corkscrew willows and more than 10 varieties of hydrangeas, and Mrinali grows many of the fruit trees and ornamental shrubs herself. Because they don't use a greenhouse, their hardy plants undergo few, if any, transplanting shocks when they leave the nursery.
At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.
Underpriced Furniture’s sleep-inducing mattresses reacquaint buyers with the undersides of their eyelids as soon as their bodies touch the pillow-like surface of a Spirit Sleep mattress. Two inches of memory foam top the firm foam base of an Embrace mattress, forming a comforting layer that entices tired minds to sleep by softly whispering songs from Jethro Tull's Christmas album. Green-tea-infused memory foam eliminates the chemical odors commonly associated with foam mattresses, and Silver Science technology annihilates bacterial growth and wandering dust mites. Napping platforms are available in twin, full, queen, or king sizes. Customers can call the store to reserve a preferred size, which can be delivered to homes within 25 miles of the retail store for $49. Mattress movers can also remove previous beds at no extra charge, though the spirits of old mattresses may continue to slide forlornly across floors in the dead of night.