Thanks in part to Miracle on 34th Street, the classic Christmas film, and its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's has been immortalized in the minds of generations of Americans. It's hard to imagine that Macy's was once a small storefront operation founded by a businessman whose previous stores had failed. But success was just around the corner.
Eleven dollars and six cents. That was the total of first-day sales when Macy's opened its doors in 1858. Of course, at that time, it wasn't a retail superpower—it was a small dry-goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Before founding that little shop, Rowland Hussey Macy had suffered several failed retail ventures. This time, things would turn out differently.
By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store, spreading its way into the ground spaces of 11 adjacent buildings. Just about 25 years later, the store had outgrown even those expanded confines, so the company moved to its iconic Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street. There, Macy's began to attract shoppers from the rest of the country and the world. This location also saw the store become a major part of American holidays, especially in 1924, when immigrant employees wrangled the city's packs of stray floats and organized the first annual Macy's Parade.
Today, Macy's boasts 850 locations across 45 states and US territories. A far cry from that initial dry-goods shop, the modern-day stores carry everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and electronics. Though it is now headquartered in Cincinnati, the company's flagship store in Herald Square still attracts throngs of customers from all corners of the globe. The same can be said for the Macy's website, which is one of the most visited retail destinations on the Internet.
Just inside Kids' Club Las Vegas' play area, little ones board a train and ride the pintsize locomotive around a play structure towering with yellow and green tubes, slides, and lookouts. Within the space, kids 18 months to 8 years old expend energy and let their imaginations spill into reality as they crawl through the equipment's twists and turns and soar down its slides. The staff harnesses this imaginative sprit during educational and developmental classes such as Tiny Tumblers, a session for toddlers that helps them learn to identify vibrant colors and the feel of soft, rough, and misunderstood blocks.
Behind glass walls, parents are encouraged to keep an eye on kids as they play. The facility's emphasis on security extends beyond the translucent barriers, as the staff outfits each child and parent with a photo ID, which they must use in tandem to enter and exit, and acquires a list of all imaginary friends' known aliases. All these efforts help grant peace of mind so moms and dads can also use the center's free WiFi and socialize at appropriate moments within the Sandwich Club Café, which envelops its visitors in the aromas of fresh fruit and gourmet coffee.
When Les Blake founded his nursery in Phoenix's Moon Valley neighborhood, he adopted an approach that was unconventional at the time: after selling a tree or shrub, his staffers would also deliver and plant it at no extra charge. Today, Moon Valley Nursery Las Vegas's staffers hold to that mission—they plant any item in their collection, including more than 24 international types of evergreens, 24 species of palm trees, and 20 species of colorful desert trees. Staffers also oversee ranks of citrus trees such as mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit, and shrubs that make lawns explode in yellows, purples, and reds. Free landscaping consultations help customers launch front-yard makeovers, along with lawn pottery and fountains ranging from neoclassical to modern. Customers can feed new plantings with fertilizers such as house-blend Moon Juice, which uses organic enzymes and amino acids to stimulate the growth of plant cells while ensuring they never develop human emotions.
Bodyheat Tanning, with 23 locations spanning Nevada (many open 24-hours), gilds bodies with the help of tanning beds in five levels, sunless spray tanning, and custom airbrush tans. VersaSpa systems automatically mist bronze color onto skin in 60 seconds. No matter what kind of tans clients are looking for, tanning experts analyze skin types and goals to help them choose the lotions, equipment, and perfect crayon shades to fit their needs.
For tan-free options, infrared body wraps melt inches, and Hydration Stations combine radiant heat, steam, and vibrations to turn tight muscles into butter. Red-light beds from iRenew eschew tanning in favor of reducing acne and fine lines. Additionally, the salons dispense myriad tanning lotions, lip glosses, and house-paint swatches for easy skin-tone matching.
At We Luv Flowers by Faith, FTD florists coalesce fresh blossoms into artful arrangements suitable for any occasion. Popular buds, such as roses, tulips, and orchids, show off teamwork in bouquets large and small, housed in classic glass vases and whimsical containers, such as baskets and candle jars. To discourage daffodil munching, buyers can customize flower-filled gifts with add-ons, such as Godiva chocolates and Mrs. Fields cookies. The florists’ talents also bloom at large events, such as weddings, graduations, and the Miss America pageant, which has showcased the shop’s designs since 2010. We Luv Flowers’ distinctive orange van speedily delivers arrangements to a variety of locales, including homes, offices, and underproducing beehives.
The small, beautiful floral shop known as Flowers of the Field is welcoming and warm, from the moment you enter the shop. Displayed throughout the store are glass coolers that feature the newest and most beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets, which, when combined with the shop’s personal specialty in creating unique one-off arrangements, makes for some seriously stunning flora. Anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and even more somber occasions receive an injection of life and color with arrangements from Flowers of the Field, which will even deliver their final product anywhere across Las Vegas. At their storefront, a white mantelpiece is decorated for each holiday and time of the year, and helps to create an even more luxurious and breathtaking atmosphere.