Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Max Muscle found its feet in 1990, when a group of athletes set out to build a brand of supplements that would effectively boost performance. From this concept grew a national sports-nutrition franchise, with a spectrum of supplements that help to nurture weight loss, maintain overall health, bolster muscle mass, and build endurance for marathon games of Go Fish.
At more than 100 locations across the United States and through an expansive online store, Max’s muscle mavens dispense multivitamins and protein shakes to both solo customers and affiliated personal trainers. The company places a special emphasis on women’s health and fitness, offering supplements specially tailored to women’s bodies. Max Muscle locations also aid customers in beginning their wellness journey through nutrition consultations, during which certified staff members draft nutrition plans customized to clients’ specific bodily needs and lifestyles.
At Backs in Motion ChiroSpa, Dr. Williams and his staff aren’t just concerned with their clients’ physical health, but also their mental well-being. They pair expert chiropractic services with relaxing spa sessions to whittle away stress and tension from the outside in. Dr. Williams works to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome and persistent headaches with his spinal-adjustment methods. He then turns clients over to his massage therapists and aestheticians for a full-on pampering in the spa with services such as bliss-inducing hot-stone massages or facials. The staff can also beautify faces with permanent-makeup applications, which can leave clients with enough time to make a nine-course breakfast in the morning.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Along with its mainstay collection of holiday and greeting cards, HLC Hallmark supplies kids and parents with gifts for all occasions. The shop's huge selection of yuletide ornaments dresses up trees better than nesting pigeons wearing tuxes. Other stocking stuffers include customizable storybooks, scented candles, graphic T-shirts, and key chains.