At San Jose's Cell Phone Repair, gadget specialists keep clients connected to the world around them with simple cell-phone fixes, extensive computer overhauls, and smartphone-specific repairs and protective services. The skilled repairfolk can undo nearly any type of damage done to iPhones and other smartphones. They can remove harmful liquid from circuitry, restore faulty charging ports, or fix broken screens. The versatile techs’ expertise is not limited to handheld electronics and computers, as they can also fix a range of other household devices, from making a game console good as new to repairing frustrating mechanical failures in tablets, laptops, and MP3 players.
The technicians can perform many of these repairs on the spot, allowing their customers to quickly resume making phone calls, checking their calendar at a moment's notice, or quickly settling heated disputes about Eric Stoltz's movie career. While their devices are being restored, customers can peruse the shop’s selection of products and accessories, which includes phone and laptop cases, headphones, and chargers.
In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents are encouraged to stay and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
Brazil native Claudia Diniz curates and designs a menagerie of flattering, fashionable clothing to outfit ladies for workouts or leisure. The activewear she stocks in her online and brick-and-mortar boutique infuses fitness gear with style thanks to decorative cutouts and body-hugging silhouettes as well as fabrics engineered to resist wind or fight bacteria. The cajubrasil one piece jumpsuit flaunts taut stomachs with a sheer overlay and its spandex-like New Zealand fabric hugs curves down to the calves. Her signature brand leggings, meanwhile, conform to body shapes via Supplex fibers, which protect legs from UV rays and very short supervillains. Viva O Sol also carries other fashionable brand names such as Bia Brasil, Gloss Army, Caju Brasil, Blue Fish, Equilibrium, Goddsswear.
Shoe Candy owner Lucille Mendes celebrates flirtatious femininity with her collection of apparel by popular brands that include Fergie, True Religion, and Oh Yes. Even her sunlit storefront reinforces the apparel’s bend toward girlish silhouettes—clothing is partitioned into closet-like enclaves, and dainty chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. Staffers happily guide clients toward ensembles that can help to turn heads at stylish soirees or toward more casual looks that make the couch happy to be seen with you. Once clients hone in on perfect outfits, on-staff seamstresses can tweak them for an even more figure-flattering fit.
After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.