Authenticity is key at E-Collectique Runway Boutique, where every previously owned dress, necklace, and satin pump is marked with a verified designer or vintage label. Pristine white walls surround high-fashion women’s wares that range from items from current lines to vintage pieces that date back more than a century. Shoppers can peruse clothing and accessories from couture designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, and Gucci, as well as ready-to-wear styles from makers such as American Apparel and Ralph Lauren.
Run by a sartorially savvy mother-and-daughter team, Posh embellishes exteriors with pulchritudinous body ornaments and understated accessories, boasting a wide array of both bejeweled and dejeweled beautifiers. Get a dangly pair of earrings to complement outfits or hypnotize stray cats ($8–$35), or treat yourself to a necklace or bracelet befitting black-tie nights at the monster-truck rally ($10–$100). Handbags and clutches store accoutrements in style ($20–$100). Additional items, such as sunglasses, scarves, and shoes, range from trendily chic to timelessly sophisticated. The store itself embodies elegance, its exposed brick walls, pastel hues, and sleek circular tables establishing a chic atmosphere in which to inspect trendy outfit ornaments.
Jewelry Works specializes in distinctive pieces made both on location and by outside artists such as Wisconsin silversmith Tim Miller, who knows how to fetch the eye and accentuate the limbs. Surrounded by the friendly shops at the Cedar Creek Settlement, shoppers can accentuate a full day of arts-and-crafts shopping with the perfect ring or pair of earrings ($5–$15), a neck-defining necklace ($10–$50), or a specialty pendant to complement an heirloom chain kept in the secret jewelry box back home ($20–$100).
Owner Anna Zuckerman's late husband opened Sydney b. A Children's Boutique to make a mark on the world with "Sydney", their daughter's name, on it. Today, Anna and her staff keep the boutique stocked with hard-to-find, high-quality children's clothes from brands such as Zutano and Deux par Deux. They travel to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and elsewhere to keep the shop filled with dresses, tutus, and charm bracelets, and there are plenty of toys, outfits for boys, and baby gifts as well. The team has a rule of thumb that customers shouldn't be able to find anything in the shop at a big-box store—they exclusively seek out unique finds that are well worth the expense.
As customers admire rows of Primigi shoes or Hello Kitty–themed goodies, tykes can watch kid-friendly shows or assemble puzzles. The staff also offers ear piercing to help little ladies pair their couture finds with a pair of pearls or their grandmother's heirloom gauges.
The key to Zazzle.com’s success isn’t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories—it’s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website’s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The proprietors of Performance Running Outfitters, Trae and Jessica Hoepner, bring 25 years of running experience to their business and understand how best to outfit the feet of competitive and casual runners alike. The paw honchos at Performance Running Outfitters perform a thorough foot analysis to find the right fit for all training needs. After assaying arch type and width, shoes are treadmill tested for proper gait and stability, insuring that everybody leaves bounding in step with their sole-mate. Performance Running Outfitters proffers brand name apparel from respected athletic designers, including Nike running socks ($12 per pair), Zensah arm sleeves ($29.99) and high-quality kicks from Mizuno, Asics, New Balance, and more. Although most running shoes cost more than $50, this Groupon is good for sale items. Scurrying feet can also pick up sustenance by way of nutritional PowerBars, Sports Beans, and Gatorade, or stock up on accessories such as a travel massage stick ($27.49) or sunglasses ($39.99+) to avoid making eye contact with baiting roadrunners.