Seasonal fruits and veggies, fresh herbs, and whole grains play a big role in recipes from The Vegan Menu, a website that publishes weekly vegan meal plans. The plant- and whole foods-based meals, which don’t include unhealthy additives like oils, processed flours, sugars, or dirt, are inexpensive and easy to make. In fact, many are one-pot dinners, tested and approved by vegans.
Every Friday, subscribers get a new meal plan for five weeknight meals with a grocery list broken down by aisle. Each dinner feeds two with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. In addition, free recipes for snacks, desserts, and breakfasts are available on The Vegan Menu's website.
Flint Creek Outfitters prepares customers for the outdoors with gear from dependable brands such as Patagonia and The North Face, with all merchandise tested by staff members to guarantee quality and durability. Stay warm during overnight camp-outs in a walk-in cooler with outerwear such as the men’s Nomad Pant ($60), durable legwear treated with Teflon to maintain a presentable look. The Merrell Barefoot Pace glove shoe for women ($100), a lightweight microfiber and breathable mesh shoe, helps wearers to tread lightly through unknown forests. Dry off after a rainstorm or an unexpected water-gun altercation with wildlife with the ultracompact PackTowl Personal ($27.95), which can soak up four times its weight in water. The Stanley Classic stainless steel vacuum bottle ($40) brings steaming beverages to the deepest caves, keeping drinks hot all day with double-wall stainless steel insulation and a vacuum seal. Flint Creek also boasts the largest fly-fishing department in central Florida, providing a paradise for present and future aquatic hunters, who can help themselves to Flint Creek’s complimentary coffee as they browse.
With 18 full marathons and more than 100 races total under his belt, Hit the Trails owner Stephen Dunn knows that properly fitted apparel is key for a successful running experience. Alongside his enthusiastic staff, Steve fits feet into sneakers from Pearl Izumi, New Balance, and other major brands using a treadmill-mounted camera analyst that gauges clients' gaits. Once they're snug in their new kicks and outfitted with fresh running garb and accessories, patrons can partake in group or private coaching sessions with Steve—who's certified as a coach by the Road Runners Club of America—and his sidekick, high-school running coach Larry Bass. The shop also hosts summer clinics that boost speed and agility before football and soccer seasons and endurance before cross-country season and its grueling daily jogs to California. In his downtime, Steve jogs alongside fellow running enthusiast and beloved dog Pre and arranges his store's role in local races.
TigerDirect.com's vast virtual warehouse distributes computer parts, software, and gadgetry around the world, backed by their brick-and-mortar stores around the nation. Home to PC and computing experts, the stores dole out repair and advice in equal sums, answering questions about virus issues such as pop-ups or nasty computer-sneezing fits. Founded on the principles of putting the consumer first, TigerDirect offers same-day shipping and business-to-business sales, and they boast a spyware-tight website security guarantee that will cover customer liability up to $50.
Games and accessories are all verified to be in working order before being put up for adoption. Play N Trade's 30-day return policy applies to any defective items. The store carries brand-new games at standard pricing—such as Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360 ($60 new)—and most used games run around $50. Kick back in the laid-back shop and take a trial run of potential purchases via one of the store's eight LCD televisions. Most used accessories are less than $30, and Monday shoppers will receive an additional $5 to spend with their Groupons. Get this deal for non-edible Easter-basket accessories or an affordable gaming outlet.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall stores. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military, Invicta, and Casio. A collection of Sottomarino timepieces ($39–$599) bestows wearers with craftsmanship infused with contemporary and traditional flair, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion.
The Comics Club has been a bastion of back-issue bargains for more than 20 years, during which every member of its staff has died and come back to life at least twice. More than 80,000 bagged and boarded imaginary stories are organized in The Comics Club’s issue retirement homes, where sharp-eyed scavengers can rifle through to claim pristine classic issues with covers unstained by baby drool or collector drool. Allow the store’s helpful staff to guide you to the issues of Avengers you’ve been missing, or expand your prized gallery of covers by scooping up the issue in which Superman throws Jimmy Olsen into the sun. Child-friendly comics may also be found, such as reprints of Chris Eliopoulos' Franklin Richards stories or the coming-of-age issue of Jonah Hex, in which he destroys Stonewall Jackson. Although prices vary, the average cost of a back-issue comic is about $3.50–$6.