For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
The Phone Doctors have heard many reasons for phones being damaged—from customers dropping them on the ground to customers using them as a projectile after a mountain lion showed up on their front porch. In light of these and the many other stories the Phone Doctors' repair team hears, its techs continually train to keep pace with the rapidity of mobile-device releases and the steady stream of repair orders they receive daily from customers across the United States.
Experienced with virtually every manufacturer and carrier, the technicians perform repairs that range from touchscreen replacement to water-damage recovery. In addition to in-house repairs, they also furnish gadget owners with do-it-yourself kits that include specialized tools such as pentalobe screwdrivers and needles and thread. Further resources include online repair guides and patented magnetic ScrewMats, earning Phone Doctors praise on TreeHugger for "empowering people to do their own repairs."
In addition to its six retail locations, which accept both drop-off and mail-in orders, Phone Doctors spans to about 20 affiliate repair centers across the United States, each staffed by technicians trained by the Phone Doctors' team.
Brewing their own line of beans and building sandwiches and salads behind the bar, the staff of Jammin Java relieves coffee cravings as well as hunger pangs. The espresso machine whirs to life as baristas steam milk to create lattes, cappuccinos, and puffy foam clouds shaped like manatees. Stop by in the morning for pastries. In the afternoons and evenings, you can munch on sandwiches stuffed with roast beef, hickory turkey, and fresh, crispy veggies.
Wild Angels Clothing Company collects a fun, eclectic mix of casual tops, summer dresses, and flashy accessories to enhance shoppers' wardrobes. Guests can step out for a night on the town with colorful printed tees and tanks, accentuate outfits with jewelry and snapback hats, or make eye-catching entrances at parties with glittery masquerade masks.