More than 25 years ago, David D. Moon established the Sam Moon Trading Co. as a wholesaler of general merchandise and fashionable handbags. Though years have passed, its philosophy has only slightly evolved—it now deals in ladies’ fashion, accessories, and home decor but maintains its commitment to wholesale pricing. Its racks support handbags from leading designers like Misha and Nicole Lee, available in fun styles such as rosette mini bags and totes. Accessories range from aviator sunglasses to scarves, and jewelry includes Geneva watches, silver and turquoise bracelets, and pearl necklace sets that shimmer like a freshly polished flashlight.
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.
Admired for luminous luster since the time of the ancient Romans, pearls add a chic element to any ensemble. Jewelry designer Samantha Rose works with freshwater pearls’ natural elegance, using them to accent her handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. The pearls come in a variety of hues and sizes, allowing Samantha to craft subtle sparkle that peeps through updos and dramatic pieces that steer conversations away from the recent break-in at a clam’s house.
By using centuries-old techniques, the aestheticians at Just Stringz are capable of designing trendy, dramatic looks for their clients. They rely on their extensive training in the ancient art of threading as they use cotton thread to swiftly uproot unwanted hairs and meticulously shape brows. Though the spa's henna tattoos and Swarovski body-art services also embrace time-honored strategies, the team doesn't ignore modern advances in cosmetic care. Facial treatments use Dermalogica skincare products to address skin concerns such as dehydrated patches or breakouts. Or these blemishes can be covered temporarily with an application of Glo Minerals Makeup, which also nourishes skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and pure Nobelium atoms.
Amid soothing sage-colored walls, patrons buckle in for body transforming in wraps designed to help shed weight and burn fat. Technicians gently fold their clients into toasty wraps that work to help sculpt leaner, smoother silhouettes capable of creating more aerodynamic shadow puppets. The shop?s repertoire of miocrodermabrasion, facial, waxing, and tanning treatments allows clients to ensure no inch goes unbeautified, and a collection of weight loss and anti-aging products for sale helps customers keep up the primping process long after guests leave the spa.