At fab'rik Vinings' boutique, shoppers benefit from monthly store events and shipments bearing new styles arriving on a daily basis. Tops, dresses, and bottoms from fab'rik's brands such as the exclusive White Collection fit into any casual or trendy setting. In addition, clothes from designers such as Hudson, Blank, and Tulle sprout from the shop's racks, gifting shoppers with individualized looks. Staff stylists are always on hand to aid customers in finding an outfit for any occasion—even offering individualized Personal Stylist appointments. They can suggest dress-and-shoe combos for a night on the town or comfortable top-and-jean sets to wear before being cryogenically frozen. The shop also provides private parties and goes easy on budgets by keeping most of its items under $100.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
D. Geller and Son Jewelers' team has dressed bare necks, earlobes, and fingers with dazzling accessories for more than 70 years. Made from precious metals and rare jewels, sparkling pendants embellish clavicles for evenings on the town or everyday elegance. Rings forged from silver can be set with any number of carefully cut diamonds to become an engagement ring or something crunchy to place at the bottom of a box of stale caramel corn.
Palas offers a range of both local designers and classic established collections, including the unconventional deerskin and fringe of Daily Candy favorite Shondra Leigh and the fantastical organic metalwork of Robyn Rhodes. Palas also has its own in-house custom design studio, an exclusive line of fine, ornamental minerals and gems, and even its own brand of table salt.
Going from managing ostriches to running a baseball business may seem like a strange jump, but it's just another day in the office for Better Baseball founder Glen Robinson III. In the 1980s, he began raising and selling ostriches and emus as food and as companions for people allergic to pet rocks. A warm spring morning brought an impromptu visit for a customer who was less interested in the massive birds, and more focused on the netting that separated the animals' pens. Soon, Glen was spending more time crafting batting cages than selling his livestock, inspiring him to open what would eventually become Better Baseball.
Today, this bird-free business furnishes players of America's favorite pastime with the gear they need to play Little League, softball, or even college-level games. After taking practice swings inside one of Glen's onsite cages, players can pick up the gloves, glove pads, and eye protection needed to help them catch any pop flies or poorly aimed Cracker Jack from the stands.