The bead boutique boasts a colorful collection of crystals, glass beads, and an array of decorative accessories for jewelry design and other crafty projects. Drape yourself in sparkling strands of Swarovski crystals (16" strands starting at $12.11), or illuminate your neckline with a glimmering string of freshwater pearls (16" strands starting at $2.95). Trowel through a trove international treasures, including Czech glass (starting at $2 per loop) and China glass crystal (16" strands starting at $3), or savor a necklace of Swedish meatballs.
In 1950, John Searcy loaded up his pickup truck with car batteries and began peddling his wares to wholesalers. Two years later, John formalized his operation and began Interstate All Battery Center, a battery retailer and service center that spans the continent from Austin to Anchorage powering cars, hearing aids, and cameras. Interstate All Battery Center charges gadgets and vehicles with more than 16,000 types of power solutions, and eases environmental taxes on the planet with a robust battery-recycling system. In a year, Interstate All Battery Center recycled 850 million pounds of batteries—just enough energy to grant immortality to one Furby.
The third-generation jewelers at Christian Taylor Jewelers & Gold Stash Jewelers display one-of-a-kind baubles and quality luxury brands in shops that also repair, appraise, and purchase customer jewelry. A husband-and-wife team founded the company's original Gold Stash stores, which quickly gained the trust of customers as the knowledgeable staff deftly decorated bodies with more bling than the Tin Man during his rap career. Experts in gems, silver, and gold, the couple branched into Christian Taylor stores, where artists forge custom-designed rings and necklaces based on customer whimsy. Storefronts display rare pieces, such as Ceylon sapphires or Egyptian ring pops, as well as works by established brands such as Love Links, Soldier to Soldier, and Pandora, a line of chic charm bracelets and stackable rings.
Nationwide Vision Center enhances patients' sight with eye care, eyewear, and advanced laser corrective procedures. During comprehensive exams, the eye care specialists seek out early signs of diabetes-related issues, glaucoma, and cataracts. The team of optometrists and ophthalmologists has also provided LASIK corrective treatments for over 35,000 clients using FDA-approved laser systems.
The store stocks over 1,200 frames from brands such as Guess, Prada, and Calvin Klein. For lenses, treatment options such as photochromatic auto-tinting and anti-reflective coating protect eyes from harsh rays and nightly tussles with the paparazzi.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.