Twenty-six years ago, working mother Karen Scott had a light-bulb moment. She envisioned a one-stop children's clothing, toy, and furniture emporium. Karen and her husband set up shop in their garage, connecting new moms and dads to high-quality baby clothes, nursery furniture, and educational toys. They meticulously researched products before creating their own catalogue, and as a result watched their enterprise blossom into a lucrative online business. Today, One Step Ahead employs their own in-house design team responsible for exclusive labels of kidswear such as Cozy Cub winter wear Sun Smarties swimwear and summer gear.
Regular meetings with a Parents' Panel keep One Step Ahead designers in touch with the needs of modern parents. Seeking out their input has led the design team to create products such as a fleece-lined car seat for comfortably toting a baby in cold weather and a hanging closet organizer for managing a child's superhero identities.
Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
Finding sincere gifts at a store can be an elusive quest, requiring givers to balance recipients’ individual taste with their wants and needs. The staff at Personal Creations works to avoid days of endless searching with a range of personalized gifts, each customized with a name, photo, or design. The site features an intuitive online interface, allowing guests to easily upload photos or write out messages that will make friends smile every time they take a sip from their custom mug, slip on their engraved jewelry, or stamp steaks with a unique brand. Personal Creations then ships items within one to three days, ensuring that the gold-ribboned gift boxes arrive just in time for birthdays and visits from the county box-fortress inspector.
Felix Potin Paris can trace its history back to 1844, when founder Félix Potin opened his first chocolate shop at the age of 24 in Paris. His sweets empire steadily grew throughout the years while Potin’s chocolatiers perfected their craft in kind. More than a hundred years later, Felix Potin Paris still crafts rich single-origin chocolate truffles that incorporate extra-dark chocolate, pralines, and buttery salted caramel. The Black Collection integrates different creative flavors into its truffle repertoire, stashing salty toffee chips or candied orange peels inside each cocoa-dusted sphere. Staff members at Felix Potin Paris also craft four different flavors of tender fruit gels, coating them in dark chocolate or fine sugar.
For 40 years the brewing connoisseurs at Beer & Wine Hobby have aimed to impart culinary know-how to pupils via home beverage-crafting tools and introductory courses at their warehouse store. Aspiring brewers learn via a bevy of beer-making gear, including brewing kettles, fermentation supplies, and funnels, and winemaking equipment assists do-it-yourselfers with corks, bottles, and tubing. Beer & Wine Hobby's classes bolster brewing knowledge, providing students with thorough instruction on intricate brewing processes as well as the lyrical chants necessary to concoct complex libations. The store also carries berry presses for making small batches of fruit wine and a smattering of food kits, including cheese-making supplies.
Using high-quality kernels of corn harvested from farms in the Midwest, POPtions! Popcorn dazzles snack cravings with a dizzying selection of gourmet maize. Customers can invent their own custom popcorn flavors, first choosing a popcorn flavor, then adding on sweet and savory ingredients before deciding between a Bissinger's white, milk, or dark chocolate finish. POPtions creations make a tasty impression on any special event and have the amazing ability to top themselves with occasion-specific lids that celebrate the holidays with greetings such as "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Season's Greetings," and "Happy Hanukkah," plus lids for sporting events and birthdays. POPtions also creates wedding gift bags to make special days even more memorable, and corporate gift tins with personalized company logos.