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.
Adult Megastores' selection of adult novelties gives customers a number of ways to infuse new energy into their love lives. Throughout their [28 locations in California and Hawaii which operate under such names as Secrets, Lingerie Etc, and Not Too Naughty—shoppers can find a variety of personal massagers, lingerie, and romance items. Adult DVDs provide visual ways to spice up romantic evenings, and massage oils turn back massages into sensual experiences and driveways into surprise slip 'n' slides.
The wireless provider industry changes quickly, but Arch Telecom keeps up by giving both technicians and front-line employees continual training. The extra effort shows: enthusiastic testimonials from clients cite employees' patient technical support for two seniors who were far from tech-savvy, as well as a staffer staying well beyond closing time to ensure a business's new phone lines were set up properly.
Lauded by publications such as Allure and the San Francisco Chronicle, The Dailey Method hosts innovative classes combining the exercise styles of ballet barre, Pilates, and yoga into a full-body workout. During one-hour classes, instructors lead core builders through exercises emphasizing small range of motion and repetition to strengthen arms and sculpt abs into a surface worthy of ironing Zeus's wedding pants. Flexibility and stretching exercises follow each workout to keep fibers receptive. Throughout classes, instructors work closely with students, offering one-on-one guidance, ideas for personal modifications, and conspiracies about the origins of the kettlebell. Clients can gaze over the schedule to find daily classes that suit their temporal demands. The Dailey Method Benicia's well-lit studio unfolds in 2,000 square feet of space. Body sculptors have access to extensive parking, locker facilities, and a fully staffed child-care area so that offspring can play safely while parents sculpt their bodies like young Michelangelo sculpted his leftover potatoes.
When it comes to specialty pizzas, Napoli Pizza & Pasta bats for the fences. Since 1968, the pizzeria has pleased customers, stuffing their menu to the breaking point with a whopping 15 different specialty pies that entice vegetarians, meat-lovers, and barbecue fans alike. Fixins such as salami, sausage, barbecue sauce, pesto, artichokes, and chicken crowd the crusts?crusts that come in regular and gluten-free varieties. The pizza Christonio, named after the owner?s son, leaves off the sauce completely and piles on four cheeses. Another pizza named after the owner?s daughter, Natalia, slathers pesto sauce atop the crust. And the chefs don?t just make pizza. They also have a variety of homemade pasta dishes, sandwiches, and calzones.
Owner Harpreet “Happy” Singh—also known as “The Beer Baron”—oversees the thirsty work at Bottles as well as the Livermore Saloon and Perry’s Liquor and Craft Beer, in a quest to educate patrons about high-quality craft brews and amass a wealth of honorary titles and nicknames. Happy’s extensive knowledge, coupled with beer manager Diego Toscano’s diverse palate, ensures Bottles’ shelves are stocked with a plethora of rare and artisanal beverages, and any request for favored drinks are diligently ordered. Session ales from Shmaltz mingle peacefully with bourbon-barrel-aged stouts from North Coast Brewing Co. or tasty concoctions from Dogfish Head and The Bruery. Wines from Layer Cake and Paradise Ridge complement meals and soirees with fruity, complex flavor, and a stash of potent tequilas, such as Don Julio Real, or smoky scotches from Balvenie and Johnnie Walker enliven parties.