The tech gurus at Verizon-Shift Technologies's stores stock their interactive showrooms with the latest in communication gadgetry, including chargers, cases, basic phones, and high-tech smartphones. Quench phone batteries' thirst for metal-flavored electricity with a home or car charger ($14.99–$49.99) or swaddle a mobile in a fashionable case ($4.97–$49.99) to prevent its prom date from ditching it for a trendy abacus. Mobile broadband devices ($49.99–$99.99) make suitable vessels for navigating the various detours and student drivers populating the Information Superhighway; basic phones ($29.99–$149.99) boast impressive features, such as the 1.3 megapixel camera embedded within the LG Cosmos Touch. Customers can also use a Groupon toward omnipotent smartphones ($29.99–$299.99), including the Android-powered Droid Incredible 2 by HTC and the Android-powered Thunderbolt by HTC.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Stephanie Gau has loved dogs all her life but it wasn't until she discovered Meatlovers, the nutrient-rich organic dog food used by police departments, that that the idea to open her own business took shape. Meatlovers wasn't a new concept, as the company had been around since the invention of dogs in 1949, but Stephanie, who had worked in law enforcement, felt she could combine the time-tested food with other products and services and her passion for canine care.
Today, the dog lover packs her shop with locally made goodies waiting to fill the stomachs of man's best friends. She works with the local Yellow Dog Bakery to outfit canine chompers with treats such as birthday cakes, pupcakes, and decorated cookies. Stephanie also educates customers on proper dog nutrition, while Waggles—the store's dalmatian mascot—attends local events at dog parks and garden shows.
In addition to the retail shop, Stephanie and her team groom pups and run a boarding center. Unlike most kennels, Tail Waggers' crew doesn't keep their furry friends inside crates or cages. Instead, canines spend nights in doggy hotel rooms and days in a play area, where they can bounce and play cribbage with other dogs between regular trips outside.
Every day of the summer, the backdoor of Anner's Pantry swings open to accept boxes of fresh, fragrant vegetables from organic farms. Out front, an herb garden has overtaken the lawn. Inside, the staff sorts organic produce, meats, poultry, fish, and dairy products. To help their members streamline shopping trips, they organize products into market bags. Available in produce and meat options, the bags' contents change based on what's in season. Fruit and veggie sacks may include watermelon, corn, bananas, broccoli, avocados, and pamphlets from the Tomato is a Vegetable League. The Meat and More bag brims with refrigerator staples such as organic butter and free range, antibiotic- and hormone-free eggs and meats. Alongside the bags, staffers include simple, wholesome recipes and tips on washing, cutting, and preparing more eclectic items.
Dr. Karen Harris's path toward naturopathy began when an illness led her to seek out and study natural alternatives to wellness. Her findings not only led her toward improved health but also uncovered a passion for holistic solutions that set her on the path toward her future career. Today, this doctor of naturopathy and nutritional counselor serves as the head of Saba' Health Center, where she operates under the philosophy that the body can heal itself if given the right ingredients, which may include exercise, a healthy diet, and the expulsion of toxins. To help hasten the healing process, she aids bodies with services that range from colon hydrotherapy to detox formula supplements to body scans for conditions such as gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, and provides access to products including liquid multivitamins and antioxidant juices.
Tatermash Oilcloth peddles a diverse inventory of bags, mats, aprons, and tablecloths made from innovative oilcloth fabric—a printed vinyl material that's resistant to stains, peeling, and cracking. Students can saunter into school with an oilcloth backpack concealing stashed tickets from crossing guards ($40) or stake their claim to a coveted lunch with a lunch sack ($16), which can be embroidered for an additional charge. Small ($24) and large tote bags ($32) replace plastic grocery carriers, and oilcloth aprons in adult ($25) and child sizes ($22) shield bodies from bubbling sauces.