It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
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.
Pregnant women won't feel limited in their clothing choices when they're perusing the racks at With Child Maternity and Baby Boutique. Stylish options include everything from skinny jeans to maxi dresses, as well as more conservative tops and nursing apparel. The shop also outfits new arrivals in cute rompers, bibs, and tutus, inviting family members to ooh and ahh at babies as the family dog slowly goes insane with jealousy.
Organizing meet-and-greets with professional athletes, Sideline Marketing helps connect superstars with charities, major fans, and handwriting enthusiasts. Representing players with the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA alike, the agency has worked with such stars as Bo Jackson, Patrick Kane, Joakim Noah, and Kellen Davis. Through Sideline, these athletes?along with dozens more?have delivered inspiring speeches, sat for group photographs, and offered up their John Hancocks at memorabilia signings.
Impress your friends by forcing your children to build an exact replica of the Declaration of Independence out of LEGOs with today's Groupon to LEGOLAND Discovery Center. For $8 you get a general admission ticket to the Discovery Center (tickets are normally $19 for adults and $15 for kids). With the extra cash, spoil your kids with LEGO building sets, which can help their reasoning, planning, and hand-eye coordination. LEGOLAND is perfect for a day with your child, nephew, little sibling, or physical therapist.