The two-wheeler wizards of Bike Discounters stock bicycles for all types of terrain from top manufacturers such as Schwinn, Redline, and Giant. They keep steeds streetwise with general cycle maintenance—including tire installations, gear adjustments, and wheel truing—as well as tune-ups and a shrine of Say No to Potholes bumper stickers. The shop also carries an extensive array of accessories, from Thule car carriers to Louis Garneau helmets and CamelBak hydration systems.
A specialty consignment boutique catering to style-conscious infants, kids, juniors, and ladies, Kiss It Goodbuy offers nearly-new brand-name apparel, jewelry, and a variety of accessories. Pockets become increasingly stylish when filled with a wallet made from recycled magazine pictures of Justin Bieber ($14), and kids' clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch, Ed Hardy, and Limited Too ($5–$20) make sure young bodies are safely clothed against the elements. Trendy costume jewelry ($8–$20) adds sparkle to a wrist, color to an ear, or twinkle to the eyes of a specially bred lap giraffe, effectively accessorizing an accessory. Designer jeans and dresses ($15–$24) come freshly laundered and preassembled, and numerous handbags ($25–$75, $175–$450 for higher-end brands) provide a multitude of different carrying options, from an orange-and-pink Vera Bradley ($24.50) to a multi-hearted Dooney & Bourke ($45). Because today's Groupon is good for sale items, shoppers can buy one deal and then use it to buy another deal—an act of double savings that instantly turns all of your clothes into money.
Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.
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