Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe's skillful florists pick, pluck, and primp a variety of blossoms to craft unique floral arrangements inspired by modern design. The white daisies, chrysanthemums, carnations, and roses of the Hugs and Kisses bouquet serve as a heartwarming apology ($34.95), and a ribbon-accented trio of red roses broadcasts its coordinates to a trigger-happy Cupid ($24.99). Customers can surprise friends, lovers, and cage-fighting opponents with other artful, decorative arrangements such as the Garden in Glass, a cylindrical vase that houses the verdant grace of ivy, arrowheads, and a snake plant ($39.95). Like a ray of sunlight reflecting off a chandelier of gold watches, a yellow flower basket illuminates rooms with alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and roses snuggled in a round wicker basket ($41.95).
The amiable staff at Sassy Britches helps aspiring fashionistas to assemble show-stopping ensembles from a colorful stock of boutique apparel as well as premium denim by William Rast and Red Engine. Sophisticated casual wear by Blue Bird abounds, such as an airy, asymmetrical sweater vest ($42) and a bell-sleeved one-shoulder frock ($42). Saddle up for the rodeo or a foray in urban bull-riding with a pair of short cowboy boots, kicked up with a 1-inch square heel ($38). On the novelty side, a pink houndstooth koozie ($12) keeps libation-clutching hands warm, and a monogram stitched onto its fabric proclaims the owner's initials or preferred letter in the Latin alphabet.
Crimson Carpet and Flooring stocks a showroom with carpets, tile, and hardwood, priced by the square foot to facilitate comparison. Floor fur from manufacturers such as Shaw runs the gamut in style, color, and texture ($1.29+/sq. ft.), ensuring customers find a match for their magic-carpet-riding outfits. Patrons with pets or spill-prone friends can browse stain-resistant carpet or investigate hardwood options, available in real wood from Anderson and Mannington, and in natural-looking laminate ($6–9/sq. ft.). Alternatively, ceramic tiles from manufacturers such as Laufen and Interceramic ($8–$10/sq. ft.) spruce up bathrooms or assist sock skating derbies.
At four locations across Alabama, Phone Restore’s technologically savvy team keeps all manner of smartphones and tablets running smoothly. Customers can stop in with a variety of devices: iPhones; HTC, LG, and Motorola smartphones; or telegraphs implanted with tiny brains. Regardless of the machine, Phone Restore’s technicians can replace or repair an arsenal of parts, including speakers, power buttons, LCD screens, and touchscreens. The crew also services first-, second-, and third-generation iPads, as well as iPod touches. All repairs are performed onsite and typically take less than two hours. Phone Restore further puts customers at ease by confidently backing its work with a 90-day warranty.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($37.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($21.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.