With cell-phone oases spread across the continental US, Cricket Wireless keeps people in touch without shackling customers to burdensome contracts. Handsets from Samsung or Android smartphones allow customers to explore the internet at high speeds from the comfort of their own phones. The stores also carry accessories that expand each phone?s functionality, from speakers that add extra thump to MP3s to memory cards with enough space to hold photos, music, and live recordings of last night?s dreams.
At Decor Art'z Wine & Café Boutique, the smell of lightly fried sandwiches mingles with the taste of fresh vegetables, fruit juices, and rich coffee. In the kitchen, chefs brown the sides of croque-monsieurs—grilled sandwiches that pair fruit, meat, and seafood with various cheeses—serve up a multitude of cold wraps and sandwiches, and create entrees of chicken breasts and beef tenderloin smothered in cheese and mushrooms. Decor Art'z also brews its own fine wines and encourages customers to do the same. Using the café's equipment, patrons choose blends of fruit and spend time brewing the mixture at the store, then return for bottling once the wine accepts the fact that yeast has changed it forever. After eating or brewing, guests can peruse the eatery's boutique and florist for something to give to the kitchen as a peace offering for not using its appliances.
The Flip Flop Shops franchise aims to liberate toes from uncomfortable confines, encouraging a carefree mindset through simple footwear styles. Their enthusiasm for outdoor activity led them to fill their retail locations with shoes from Reef, Flojos, Roxy, and Sanuk, among other brands. Vegan and water-friendly sandals keep the environment in mind, and cushy materials—including foot beds crafted from former yoga mats—mimic the feeling of walking on air without the danger of getting clotheslined by a kite string.
Behind the vertical columns and manicured hedgerows of the art-deco district's Ocean Reef hotel, the salon and spa’s aestheticians and massage therapists pamper bodies with nourishing head-to-toe therapies. Mere steps from Miami Beach and bustling Collins Avenue, the spa is surrounded by myriad local promenades on which to flaunt physiques newly nourished by hair, body, and facial treatments, as well as waxing. Clients can park cars or their Shetland ponies on the street, or take advantage of Ocean Reef's valet service.
Runner's Co. answers the calls of veteran and novice runners alike, equipping athletes with comfortable apparel and supportive shoes. The fitting process employs video gait analysis and a targeted line of questioning to match joggers with their sole mates. The Asics-brand Kinsei 3 sneakers ($180) pamper male back paws with a discrete heel unit, an impact guidance system, and a hidden compartment for car keys and sandwiches. Women might opt for the Saucony-brand Kinvara trainers ($90), which weigh a scant 7.7 ounces and boast high levels of flexibility. Alternatively, Superfeet Green insoles ($34.95) provide cushioning and motion control, eliminating awkward incidents where uncontrolled feet carry runners backward through fast-food drive-thrus. Browse the shop's impressive inventory online.