As the brick-and-mortar extension of UPS's international shipping network, The UPS Store offers all the same packing and shipping services as its parent brand. People can have documents or packages sent with their choice of shipping options, from standard Ground service to Next Day Air, all using an in-store selection of envelopes and boxes in a broad range of sizes. Similarly, those expecting deliveries can ask for email or phone alerts, and can opt to have packages left at their choice of address or UPS Store location. The stores specialize in shipping fragile items, including electronics, china, and replicas of the Taj Mahal made entirely out of egg shells. They can even handle large freight items, such as cars and antiques.
Beyond packing and shipping, The UPS Store has also become known for their Small Business Solutions program, in which merchants can set up house accounts for printing, mailbox, shipping, notary, and other services. Group authorization enables multiple employees to have access to the account, and monthly billing ensures companies can easily track their expenses. The on-site mailboxes are accessible 24 hours a day, accept deliveries from all carriers, and have a traditional street address (as opposed to a P.O. box number), which, like a business suit woven from $100 bills, looks more professional. Regular clients can also take advantage of these services a la carte, as well as miscellaneous services such as faxing and passport photos.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Blank teapots, plates, mugs, and figurines line the shelves at I Made This!, awaiting finishing touches guided by the artful eyes of do-it-yourselfers. The studio carries all of the materials necessary to complete each piece, including paints, glazes, and a 1,800-degree kiln, where pieces of pottery, like really good barbecue or really bad pizza, requires about 20 hours to cook. A team of knowledgeable employees stays on hand to answer questions regarding the glazing and firing processes. The ideal activity for a range of ages and groups, painting pottery at I Made This! can enliven a sunny Saturday morning or a ladies' night out with a customer-provided bottle of wine, with the option of reserving a private party room.
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
Professional sleep counselors facilitate peaceful slumber at more than 80 Mattress Discounters locations nationwide, where showrooms brim with mattresses from brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, and Space Age Foam. Unlike pet stores, Mattress Discounters encourages customers to lie on the merchandise, as sleep counselors use the Discover Your Comfort system to ask questions about sleep position and comfort level. With this information in hand, client and counselor select the right mattress for restful slumber, with each sleep surface backed by a 60-night comfort guarantee.
Surrounded by 30 acres of lush terrain, Canine Obedience Unlimited gives four-legged family members an expansive, off-leash training experience. All training courses meet once per week for one hour to teach canines the essentials of sitting, staying, and break dancing on grass. Dog agility classes lay the groundwork and fine-tune the obedience skills necessary to navigate an intricate framework of weave poles and teeter-totters, whereas the interactive dog obedience courses tame all manner of behavioral problems in a small- to medium-size group format. Alternatively, the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy preschool is geared toward pooches ages 8- to 20-weeks old and teaches owners how to transform juvenile delinquents into upstanding canine citizens who hold doghouse doors open for their elders.