It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty—ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont, favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the United States and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers—homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz. Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben & Jerry's has also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. The company practices sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from its plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
When 2008's economic crisis hit the nation hard, the founders of GlamSquadShop vowed to keep wardrobes from receding as well, assembling an inventory of fashionable dresses, tops, and accessories at affordable prices. The items bridge the gap between styles, blending classic staples such as a black dress with lace accents and trendy apparel such as a coral romper, ideal for pairing with sandals or a live starfish brooch. Flashy, funky jewelry—such as a rhinestone-encrusted turtle ring—spice up flowy tops and cropped jackets, and for a finishing touch, the shop stocks Nyx cosmetics and sunglasses in styles ranging from retro to futuristic to existing in an alternate dimension where looks literally kill.
Formerly the Lingerie Football League, the Legends Football League stands as the "fastest-growing pro sports league in the nation" according to NBC Sports correspondent Rick Chandler. That success owes much to the league's unique format, which pits two exclusively female teams in alluring uniforms against each other in full-contact football games on a 50-yard field. Donning football pads and helmets over their revealing performance wear, the female athletes block, juke, and sprint uninhibited by such frivolous gear as the NFL's heavy chainmail hauberks.
Boasting a bevy of elite certifications, Huntington Jewelers has dedicated more than 61 years to the adornment of blank body canvases with an extensive collection of high-end designer jewelry. Garnish lonely lobes with vibrant ear-danglers ($295+) before extending finger-fitters ($86+) for graceful hand-kisses from European royalty and monocle-sporting dachshunds. Dreary décolleté can regain a long-dormant twinkle under the weight of diamond-encrusted heart pendants ($350+), and neck-hugging strings of stainless steel, pearls, and gold ensure heads don’t tumble away mid-sentence. A wide selection of watches from Jorg Gray, Citizen, and Cyma draw lonely wrists into a gentle, timely embrace.
Las Vegas has trusted the MJ Christensen family since 1939. Nevada’s largest diamond retailer, MJ offers the highest quality certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. The Consumer Research Institute has recognized MJ Christensen Diamonds as America’s Top Engagement and Wedding Ring Stores.
A collection of romantic, bohemian apparel permeates With Amelie's open, gallery-like space with wisps of silk and glittery pieces of handmade jewelry. The shop carries very few of each unique piece and continually updates its shelves with biweekly inventory additions, creating a constant flow of new items that ensure patrons never face the embarrassment of entering a wedding wearing the same dress as the bride. Unsheathe sun-kissed shoulders with a billowy, asymmetrical lavender top or a strapless A-line dress that swaddles curves in a dusty-rose floral motif ($24.50–$29.70 for dresses and tops). Distinctive, handmade necklaces ($12–$40) feature delicate origami or stamped metal pendants to liven up unadorned outfits and reassure anxious throats with very gentle hugs.