The Versace fashion house defines its essence as ?irreverent luxury expressed by impactful shapes and colors.? But as a Vogue writer once shrewdly observed, the fashion house doesn?t create avant-garde or elegant clothing. Instead "? it makes clothes for red-carpet photo calls in Cannes and parties aboard a rap mogul?s mega-yacht at anchor in Monaco.? Company founder Gianni Versace was also the first to harness the power of celebrity and supermodels at his fashion shows. By combining these with his sexy, bold aesthetic, he helped irrevocably link the Versace name and aesthetic with an aspirational lifestyle.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Despite discovering running at different times in their lives and under different circumstances, Runner’s High's cofounders—Rob DeFilippis, Craig Segal, and Jim Segal—share a passion for the sport that they pour into their booming business. Now with three New Jersey locations, the newest in Freehold, Runner’s High stocks its shelves with performance-enhancing equipment and specialty running shoes by brands such as Brooks, ASICS, and Saucony, as well as accessories and apparel. Each fitting begins with a complimentary foot analysis, wherein staffers ascertain the foot's needs, be it additional arch support or a hearty tickle. Such fittings ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of injury. In addition to providing athletic accouterments, the neighborhood store fosters a community of runners who share a goal of reaching new heights of fitness and leaving local biking clubs in their dust. Those hoping to improve their performance can look into weekly group runs and training programs for 5Ks, half marathons, or full marathons. The store also sponsors a postcollegiate racing team with individuals of all ages and ability levels who wish to compete at a high level.
Lollipop Land creates a colorscape of gifts, centerpieces, and favors out of candies. No matter the occasion, the confection shop can take an ordinary object??such as a basket or top hat??and fill it with sugary bliss via everything from Laffy Taffy to Butterfingers. For a more elegant arrangement, the boutique sweets shop creates a candy table that boasts enough chocolate, sweets, and lollipop trees for at least 50 people, all presented in glass dishes and adorned with ribbons and flowers. Guests also celebrate birthdays with a tower of Skittles and Smarties, and with party favors such as cups stuffed with brand-name chocolate bars and streamers.
Halloweenadventure.com helps outfit men, women, and children for the most elaborately dressed holiday with hundreds of different costumes. They stick close to popular trends, always providing kids with their favorite characters as options. They carry full-sized superhero and cartoon costumes, as well, for those kids at heart who still like to celebrate their favorite franchises. They also maintain a deep stock of more classic options as well, with everything from occupational duds?firefighters and nurses abound?to the scary monsters that define Halloween.