Inside Learning Express Toys, children of all ages can find a host of entertaining and educational toys designed by brands such as Lego and Scientific Explorer. Seven days a week, staff members share their enthusiastic attitudes as they help children and parents peruse dolls and accessories, brain-stimulating word games, or science kits that fuel interactive learning. The store frequently holds special events for festive occasions, such as Father's Day and Lego Day, hosting such costumed characters as Santa Claus and welcoming royal delegates from the King of Legoland.
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.
OhConcept's design team scouts fresh-from-the-runway silhouettes, accents, and prints to create their line of trendy urban womenswear. Though its apparel is its most prominent department, the OhConcept look doesn't stop at clothes. Designers also keep an eye on the season's hottest fashions to create glittering jewelry, looping infinity scarves, and whimsical home accents.
The knowledgeable staff at Learning Express helps parents navigate a selection of hundreds of educational, time-tested, and eco-friendly playthings for children from birth to age 12. Stuffed animals frolic on the shelves next to classic wooden building blocks, imagination-stimulating toys, and digital learning tools. Customers can surprise budding sleuths with undercover spy cases by Alex ($24.99), soothe bedtime tantrums with twilight turtles ($32.99), or teach favorite babies how to speak horse with plush barnfuls of My Barnyard Friends by Aurora ($19.99). Free gift wrapping at the colorful shop can ease time crunches and provide more decorative packaging for gifts than a pile of credit-card receipts sewn together.
Signature facials begin with a skin analysis to aid the aesthetician in selecting which type of exfoliation to use—either an ultrasonic system or an enzyme-based hydrating treatment using a custom blend of serums. Lifting massages cosset cheeks into bigger passport-photo smiles and a therapeutic mask nourishes each visage before the facial finishes with a deeply hydrating flourish. Breathe life into faded faces with an oxygen treatment, which infuses the epidermis with nutrients and pure gusts of air. Time-released breezes roust cells to stimulate new formation and restore a healthy, youthful glow akin to a newborn star. Post-treatment, the aesthetician treats skin to a hydrating massage and closes up pores with a therapeutic mask. Inside the studio's calming interior, light-lavender walls fade into crisp white trim punctuated by bright floral blooms of color.
This Target, located in the Dadeland Station shopping center, has been remodeled and updated to include a Fresh Market, complete with extensive grocery and food offerings. Now a larger, more spacious outpost of the massive chain, this Target provides a wide selection and offering of merchandise for everyday life with shoes, electronics, and hardware. Shoppers can expect the usual discount sections that run alongside the typical housewares, fashions, back-to-school supplies and household goods with the $1 section. A large multi-level adjacent parking garage makes life a little easier, while the in-store Starbucks is perfect for a mid-shopping pick me up.