An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
The staff at Fashion Time hold time itself in their hands?in the store?s collection of eye-catching watches, that is. At locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, they pair customers? wrists with high-end and affordable watches from name-brand designers, such as Edifice, Kimio, Seiko, and Citizen. Customers can also peruse the store?s inventory online, with shipping available nationwide. Already-purchased watches can be registered online via an easy submission form or a more difficult smoke-signal pattern.
As a kid, following your nose inexplicably led to a bowl of Froot Loops in a suspicious rusty cage. Now that your olfactory system has matured, you'll likely find today's deal at the end of your scent trail. For $25, you get $50 to spend on handmade, natural bath and skincare products at Melt. You can browse virtually on the Internet, but this Groupon is only redeemable at Melt's eight retail locations. Melt's moderate prices afford you the opportunity to purchase multiple last-minute holiday gifts for mail carriers, moms, and people you forgot about, while still having enough left to use in a MacGyver-esque escape plan.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
For clients of Magic & Health, the key to wellness isn't otherworldly, but the results do seem like the work of a fairy godmother. At this soothing Tyson's Corner studio, licensed massage therapists specialize in classic Chinese acupressure massage, applying pressure to the body's acupuncture points to release tension and encourage regeneration. Clients can also try reflexology, a form of foot massage based on the idea that points on the feet correspond to various internal organ systems and glands. By redirecting the body's energy pathways, therapists help to eliminate toxins and boost energy while simultaneously rejuvenating tired feet.