Formed in 2011 with the goal of infusing some style into the everyman’s wardrobe, Trio Custom Clothiers continues to execute its plan with a line of custom men’s suits, dress shirts, and accessories that boast reasonable prices for their custom construction. The high degree of customization comes courtesy of Trio’s master tailor—who, with more than 20 years of experience under his bespoke belt, attends to the minute details of every shirt, three-piece suit, and blazer. Under his guidance, suits are outfitted with the customer’s choice of pockets, vents, lapel styles, and buttons, making each suit as unique as it is well-made.
There are few establishments left where a gamer can go from browsing Atari 2600 cartridges to playing the newest edition of Call of Duty. Video Game Trader firmly settles itself between nostalgia and the cutting edge, filling its stacks with cartridges and discs from 41 systems. Banners from the SNES and Genesis era hang above the shelves, invoking favorite titles from the past. Rows of LCD televisions form the shop's gaming center, where players can set up new and classic systems, and compete in such perennial hits as Super Smash Bros. and SimAnt Tournament Edition DX.
Keeping feet comfortable is as simple as finding the right shoe. This is the central tenet of New Balance's philosophy. And that belief is backed up by experience—the company got its start in the early 1900s by selling arch supports to Boston police officers and restaurant servers who spent hours on their feet each day. New Balance eventually expanded into the realm of athletic footwear and apparel, but never lost sight of its mission to create shoes that provide the support necessary for maximum performance.
To ensure that customers find footwear that fits like a glove, New Balance employs dedicated specialists. The team members perform comprehensive assessments by examining the feet from every angle, collecting as many as 88 different measurements, and even analyzing the clients' natural gait. They then select the perfect shoe, whether the wearer seeks a basic cross-trainer or equipment for a specific sport, such as baseball or a full-contact spelling bee.
Beyond finding the right pair for virtually any feet, New Balance also dedicates itself to embracing environmentally and economically conscious practices. One out of every four shoes that the company produces is either made or assembled in the United States, a system that provides jobs for roughly 1,300 people. Additionally, all of their packaging is made using recycled paper products as well as eco-friendly, soy-based inks.
Kid to Kid is an upscale children's and maternity resale store that buys clothing, toys, furnishings, and baby gear before selling it back at affordable prices. Before making the cut, all clothes and shoes must be deemed certifiably elite in stylishness, cleanliness, and newishness. Items are hand-selected by discerning staffers who put them through an intense screening process in which the gems make the rack and the duds are sent back. Back-to-school shoppers can find brands such as Gap and Gymboree, and moms-to-be can find fashions for themselves and their baking buns. Each piece of equipment and every toy is squeaky-clean and well-mannered, always poised for an invite to the most exclusive teddy bear picnics.