By using centuries-old techniques, the aestheticians at Just Stringz are capable of designing trendy, dramatic looks for their clients. They rely on their extensive training in the ancient art of threading as they use cotton thread to swiftly uproot unwanted hairs and meticulously shape brows. Though the spa's henna tattoos and Swarovski body-art services also embrace time-honored strategies, the team doesn't ignore modern advances in cosmetic care. Facial treatments use Dermalogica skincare products to address skin concerns such as dehydrated patches or breakouts. Or these blemishes can be covered temporarily with an application of Glo Minerals Makeup, which also nourishes skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and pure Nobelium atoms.
After more than 35 years, the walls at Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite couldn't cope with all the books. So the owners expanded into the city proper, setting up two new shops under the name Lucky Dog Books. Shelf after shelf of volumes greets the eye at each location; alongside the paperbacks and hardbacks sit myriad other forms of media, from used CDs and DVDs to LPs, magazines, and comic books young and old. Chairs dot the landscape at all three bookstores, inviting customers to flop down and flip through the pages of a novel or pretend to read a comic book that conceals a history textbook. In addition to selling its wares, Lucky Dog Books also offers cash or store credit for used items and takes its services on the road with a Books at Home program.
Each year, StanzaTextbooks supports the world of academia with its selection of rental textbooks, college apparel, and school supplies. Its two store locations help students at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas scratch off titles from their textbook lists and fill their closets with school pride. When students can't make it to the store, StanzaTextbooks's online search engine allows them to pinpoint rental books by title, author, keyword, or ISBN. The online service processes thousands of nationwide orders monthly and offers free delivery. Though the rental textbooks may contain highlighter trails, minor nicks, or doodles by Albert Einstein, the staff keeps its shelves clear of books with torn pages and ripped covers.
Legendary athletes including Troy Aikman, Adrian Peterson, Steve Nash, and Johnny Bench have autographed Signature Collectibles’s collectibles in person, ensuring that the store brings authentic sports memorabilia to customers. The store also receives unique items from national sports-marketing companies, such as Upper Deck Authenticated, Steiner Sports, and Mounted Memories, bearing the signatures of contracted athletes including Tiger Woods, John Elway, and Joe Montana. In addition to showcasing these newly scribed items, Signature Collectibles can spruce up customers’ existing memorabilia inside their in-shop framing facility. They specialize in framing jerseys, during which they steam away wrinkles, sew the jersey onto an acid-free mat board with foam-core backing, and surround everything with a high-quality frame that magnetically repels fair-weather fans.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.