When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
As a Verizon-authorized retailer, Wireless Source not only stocks cell phones, tablets, and wireless devices but they also connect their electronics to Verizon’s network, the largest high-speed network in the US. For the past 13 years, the shop’s tech-savvy staffers have guided patrons through the nuances of high-tech gear such as the HTC Rezound— a smartphone equipped with high-performance headphones—and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet with 1 GHZ and a swift 4G LTE connection. Thanks to various data plans and several bunk beds, the shop can accommodate both families and individuals.
Ranked ninth in Franchise Times' 2009 list of 55 rapidly expanding companies, Cellairis brims with a parade of sleek cases and accessories designed to protect and augment hand-held devices. The iPhone 4 or 4S can nestle in the glittery polycarbonate of a sugar shack case ($29.99), which adds a protective gold cloak to a phone without letting King Midas use it to order a pizza. To delight ears, harmonies resonate through a pair of cobalt-blue stereo earphones ($39.99), and a slim and foldable Magic Folio iPad 2 case ($39.99) both props up and protects iPads. Drivers plug a mobile charger ($19.99) into a car to power Apple devices during long drives or one-man destruction derbies.