Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
The whimsical rhymes and quirky cartoons coloring most greeting cards are occasionally amusing, but their stock sentiments and broad jokes engender little intimacy. Pear Tree Greetings curates a deeper connection by stocking an online store with hundreds of customizable greeting-card designs, nearly all of which are constructed from 100% post-consumer materials. Uploaded photos personalize traditional cards or unconventional booklets shaped like strings of holiday lights, which landed Pear Tree in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Cards come printed on a 100-pound matte card stock that can be coupled with magnets, napkins, and address labels celebrating birthdays, graduations, and weddings. Since there’s no charge for double-side printing, graduation announcements can easily detail party logistics and wedding invitations can list the funniest things to shout when the officiant asks if anyone has objections.
To Kingford Bavender, tailored clothing is about more than seamlessly coordinated colors, textures, and fit: it's about crafting a commanding image. The nationally recognized clothier works with high-quality fabrics, including wool, camel hair, silk, and cashmere, and takes into account each client's personal style and comfort when designing authoritative suits, outerwear, or mascot costumes. Bavender procures more than 15 distinct measurements to guarantee a flawless fit during on-location consultations at the customer's home or office. His use of discerning details—such as hand-set pockets, single-needle tailoring, and edible cufflinks—set the garments apart from their off-the-rack counterparts.
Though the artisans at Laketown Chocolates get inventive with their creations, they don't tamper with the foundation of their treats: the same 150-year-old European recipe they've used for the past 30 years. Their chocolate-makers custom-blend this formula to craft 34% milk chocolate; 50% and 72% dark chocolate; dark mint chocolate; and white chocolate, and concoct all specialty items in an in-house kitchen. The result is store shelves filled to the brim with their innovative treats, including locally themed sweets such as Minnesota-shaped chocolates, birch bark, and chocolate moose; homemade english toffees and salt caramels; and chunky chocolate bars mixed with ingredients such as wasabi and espresso beans. Staff can also pour liquid chocolate into more than 1,500 stock molds at a customer's request, turning the mixture into shapes such as business cards, commemorative wedding coins, and edible suits of armor. Their attention to detail even extends to the presentation. They box, wrap, and decorate treats with accents such as ribbons and colored foil.