For more than 50 years, the employees at Get N Go Car Wash—a division of the locally owned Get N Go fuel and convenience stations—have found ways to make people's lives easier. Not only do the automated washes render vehicles squeaky-clean in about 15 minutes, but the company's online car-wash club also lets customers buy packages and manage their accounts 24/7. Some Get N Go locations even offer fresh mixed salads and wraps for hungry, health-conscious travelers or SUVs trying to diet down to compact-car size.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 staff-brainstormed creations, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pastas and four handheld hoagies ideal for bringing estranged barbershop quartets back together for a reunion tour.
The Flower Mill's Stacy Schapp and her team of petal primpers arrange a variety of fresh and seasonal blooms to illuminate drab interiors. Customers can opt for the Sunrise Surprise array of orange gerbera daisies and red roses ($45.95+) to brighten someone's morning more effectively than shining a flashlight in his or her eyes, or send a multihued smile inducer with the Prettiest Picture's collection of Asiatic lilies, chrysanthemums, and carnations ($38.95+). The carnations, hypericum berries, and oregonia making up the Heart of the Home centerpiece ($38.95+) spruce up a sparse tabletop, and the three white roses ($27.95+) blossom delicately from their glass vase before executing note-perfect Bee Gees harmonies. The Flower Mill's shelves also effloresce with well-wishing gift baskets ($42.95+), as well as a variety of plants ($34.95+) that are more green than Oscar the Grouch wearing a trench coat made of money.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall stores. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military, Invicta, and Casio. A collection of Sottomarino timepieces ($39–$599) bestows wearers with craftsmanship infused with contemporary and traditional flair, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion.
Candy & Canvas specializes in retro mouth-blasts from the past. Line shirts with candy buttons ($0.95) or dazzle the tongue with razzles ($1.50). If you can't choose between Charleston Chews and Sugar Babies, pick up a 2.25-pound box of mixed retro candy ($22.95). Confections and confits make mouth-pleasing gifts, uplifting everyday treats, and, when smelted down to slag, a helpful aid in crafting shingles for gingerbread homes. Bulk candy comes in more than 170 varieties and is sold at $5.95 per pound.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $24), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, while frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.
Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.