Forever Ink’s head tattoo artist, Derek, has been leaving his permanent record on biceps, ankles, and all points in between for more than 20 years. Naturally, his portfolio has accrued an extensive selection of colorful and black-and-white tattoos, its pages popping with everything from grim reapers to written phrases to hand-drafted custom images. He also specializes in cover-up tattoos that hide outdated ink of old lovers’ names or ATM passwords.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
Judy Whewell, a licensed nail technician and certified skin specialist, tends to hands and feet with manicures and pedicures and cleans and detoxifies skin with restorative facials. Inside a private treatment room, she cleans up cuticles, trims nails, and dips hands or feet in skin-softening paraffin wax. She also uses natural products to remove dirt and oil from pores and hydrate the skin during signature facials.
Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy promotes physical and mental tranquility with a variety of holistic therapies. The center's specialists stimulate the body's healing mechanisms with foot reflexology and acupressure, target chronic issues during traditional Chinese tui na sessions, and dissolve tension with warm river stones during hot-stone massages. Facial massages soothe the sinuses while simultaneously reducing puffiness around the eyes that results from stress, sleeplessness, or using your cat as a nighttime eye mask.
Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.
Phred's Drug meets customers varied retail needs with an eclectic selection of food products, beverages, and supplies. Train for a marathon with a 24-pack of 500-milliliter Aquafina water bottles ($4.49), or feed a baby calf with a gallon of one-percent low fat milk ($2.79). Sleep-deprived customers can pick up an 11.5-ounce can of Autocrat premium ground coffee ($3.99), prepare for a party with a 1.75-liter bottle of Seagram's vodka ($14.99), or begin construction on a full-scale aluminum replica of King Tut's pyramid with a 30-pack of 12-ounce Coors Light cans ($21.99). The shop prides itself on old-fashioned customer service, and the friendly staff guarantees callers a non-robotic voice on the other end of the line.