A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.
The florists at Beltway Blossom Shop excel at combing through their wide array of floral arrangements and gifts and picking out the perfect selection to match any special occasion. On a given day, they might point prom-goers toward corsages and boutonnieres, show brides-to-be the available wedding bouquets and centerpieces, or help party planners find special birthday gift baskets and balloons. Customers searching out flowers to give a loved one "just because" will be delighted in the wide variety of flowers available, from traditional roses to tropical blooms.
For the past 10 years, Waldin Jewelers has adorned customers across the country with fine jewelry items, including diamond rings, earrings, and watches. With four fully stocked showrooms and a complete selection of online items, the diamond-corralling staff provides shoppers with an extensive selection of body adornments, including 0.15-ctw. fine princess-cut, diamond-stud earrings ($179) and 0.13-ctw. diamond fashion bracelets ($119). Décolleté décor items include pendants ($80+) of keys, hearts, and crosses that can be mounted on chains, as well as a 0.12-ctw. ladies Fanuk necklace ($199) with eight diamonds arranged according to size and optional superhero-summoning powers. From February 1–14, Waldin Jewelers will supply the first 50 jewel-seekers each day with a complimentary set of diamond earrings or a low-five.
When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Brooklyn native Simone Forgione has photography in her blood. Growing up, she'd take pictures of the up-and-coming rappers who'd visit her father's portrait studio, and as her flash bulb sparked, she steadily fell deeper in love with the art form. Simone went on to snap hundreds of photos a day while managing various studios racking up more than 25 years of photography experience. With a wealth of managerial and artistic skills in tow, Simone tugged an enchanted camera from a mythic stone and realized it was time to forge a freelance career. Since then, Simone has nabbed portraits of Harry Belafonte, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Katt Williams, and although her diverse portfolio also spotlights event and fashion photos, portraits remain her passion. During sessions, clients can request help from a wardrobe and makeup artist, who help ensure clients come out looking their personal best.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spades to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spades to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.