Designed to grant car owners access to exceptional maintenance while introducing them to new, reliable area businesses, the 757 VIP Card arms holders with more than $700 worth of vehicular services, none of which will ever expire. A series of seven oil changes performed by ASE-certified technicians include the draining of spent fluids, the funneling in of up to 5 quarts of clean oil, and the installation of a protective new filter, all of which keep engines humming like a forgetful Broadway singer. The card also treats cars to their next three Virginia-state inspections along with two tire rotations to rectify wobbly wheels. With the 757 VIP Card, car owners also earn supplementary discounts on services such as tune-ups, brake jobs, and tire work.
The knowledgeable team at Jerry’s Artarama stockpile a vast selection of art supplies for amateur and professional projects. Staff members roam the store answering art questions and help track down hard-to-find supplies for any medium including wrapped canvases and invisible ink. The onsite custom-framing shop outfits works in traditional wood and aluminum frames with a variety of matting options to enhance and preserve enveloped images. The emporium also hosts workshops throughout the month to develop oil- and watercolor-painting techniques, as well as demos to meet and learn from instructors in a more informal setting.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Debbie, the owner of Embroidery N Beyond, adds a personal touch to a diverse array of items. She embroiders and monograms T-shirts, hats, and other garments for corporations and sports teams. She also creates one-of-a-kind objects—backpacks, dog collars, and baby blankets are just a few examples—embellished with the client's choice of text or images. Appliqué service is also available, where a fabric design is cut and then sewn onto a chosen surface.
As he explained in a local ABC News feature, Keith Carter of Sports Nuts, a displaced St. Louis Rams fan himself, wanted to create a business that catered to sports fans of all stripes, whether they rooted for local franchises or teams from across the nation. With memorabilia representing all major sports leagues and an emphasis on all 32 NFL teams, the shop equips fans with automobile and home accessories. In-store autograph sessions with stars such as Percy Harvin allow fans to sign their names on their favorite players' foreheads in the hopes of increasing their value for future contract negotiations.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.