One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
The intoxicating scents of orchids, pink roses, and button spray chrysanthemums have filled Deerfield Florist’s gardens since 1953, when the family-owned company began crafting personalized floral arrangements with fresh flowers and gourmet fruit. Yellow and white petals burst from the bouquets and corsages that the company’s skilled florists design for weddings, holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. When they aren’t sculpting blossoms into themed bouquets, the florists gladly share their secrets for maintaining healthy plants; a list of helpful tips on their website suggests keeping arrangements away from heating vents and dank, dark basements filled with pet squirrels.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has stocked shelves with multitudes of tools and supplies and helped artists show off finished work with custom framing. The comprehensive inventory fulfills artists’ every need, featuring everything from acid-free blank stretched canvases to Lukas oil colors, which have been transmitting images to paper since 1862. Custom framing services can protect and showcase a diploma, favorite 8”x10,” or beloved box of cereal.
Fun Rentals leases motorized excitement with four-hour scooter and ScootCoupe rentals, encouraging joy riders to explore beach and street alike in an expedient fuel-efficient cruiser. Like a domesticated velociraptor, the two-seater scooter is small, speedy, easy to park, and lasts all day on one dollar of gas. With a ScootCoupe rental, driver and passenger can sit side-by-side in the stylish three-wheeler as they jet about town at up to 40 miles per hour. The coupes are iPod–ready, allowing tech-toting motorists to roll to the sounds of classic rock or an audio-book biography of Millard Fillmore.
Recognized by the Florida Environmental Protection Agency as a green business, Dry Clean Xpress's state-of-the-art Firbimatic carbon-absorption system and biodegradable detergent lessen the company's carbon footprint while diminishing the prevalence of stains. Its eco-friendly dry-cleaning services purify the fibers of a wide variety of items, ranging from wedding gowns to comforters. The family-owned company helps dirt and grime meet their end at one of many locations across Southern Florida, where clothes can be dropped off by their owners or by Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans. Dry Clean Xpress can also clean up the upholstery, comforters, and carpet of any yacht's interior, and its alteration services tailor overgrown dresses or mend pockets torn open by seagulls vying for lunch money.
Navroze S. Mehta and his daughter, Sonali Mehta Rao—the co-founders of MyMela—named their online marketplace after the festive gathering of sellers and buyers common to an Indian town square. Though they envisioned the store as a means by which to empower India’s artisans and forge meaningful connections among people separated by geographies, Navroze recently told Forbes that their inspirations were also personal. “Growing up in India, I was surrounded by the beauty of handcrafted products for both decorative and everyday use,” he says, and Sonali’s internship experiences in India showed her how desperate the makers of those beautiful products had become. Through MyMela, they work together to build a bridge between India’s master craftsmen and America’s customers—one that harnesses the power of a global economy to benefit both sides.
When they purchase their one-of-a-kind necklaces, picture frames, rugs, and other artisanal items, customers can also choose to help fund MyMela loans, a program that supplies interest-free loans to artists who then use the capital to continue their work and increase their quality of life.