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With more than 3,300 square feet of eclectic gifts and home wares, The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop can seem a bit daunting to first-time visitors. The store’s quirky charm and welcoming staff quickly dissipates that initial sense of trepidation, however, and one is left to fall in love with unique gifts and home accessories from brand names such as The Naked Bee, Robert Rothschild Farms, and Beanpod Candles. The wide variety of products—including stuffed animals, home décor, and gourmet foods—means that you can select a gift to convey any message, from "happy birthday" to "sorry I shrunk your Lego set." Every aisle throughout the store nearly overflows with comfy pajamas, baby outfits, wedding gifts, and wall art.:m]]

3143 US Highway 9
Valatie,
NY
US

One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.

1440 Central Ave.
Albany,
NY
US

Laser devices fill every loop in Nashville Laser Spa's tool belt. The certified laser technicians reach for them during noninvasive LaserFast hair removal sessions, where they unholster the one best suited to an individual's skin tone. With the help of accompanying cooling systems, each laser banishes unwanted follicles while keeping skin from overheating. Confident in their results, hair removal is backed by a two-year guarantee after the completion of eight treatments. Their laser prowess extends to facial rejuvenation as well, and they stimulate collagen growth, improving texture and tone with the help of LaserLiteTx skin-tightening treatments.

116 Wolf Rd
Albany,
NY
US

Since 1957, Yankee Trails World Travel has connected upstate New York to the wider world with motor-coach entertainment packages and all-inclusive travel packages. Its fleet of coaches received the highest safety rating from the state Department of Transportation, despite the fact that their buses are not coated in bubble wrap. Each year, travelers embark on hundreds of motor-coach tours to sporting events, casinos, and plays. Air-travel packages zip patrons off to exotic locales, and scenic cruises expose guests to the pristine waters and sandy shores of the Caribbean.

141 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany,
NY
US

The cycling experts at Broadway Bicycle Co. pair riders with mountain, road, triathlon, and hybrid bikes from top industry brands such as Redline and Specialized. In-house cycling savants offer fittings in a private room to ensure that a bike and its potential owner both enjoy long rides on the beach and passive-aggressive air-horn blasts. While their bikes are being adjusted or outfitted with new tires, cyclists can browse air pumps, helmets, and accessories to enhance bike performance. Parents dropping in to service their bikes or to try on cycling gear can send their wee ones to draw on the chalkboard walls of the children’s room.

1205 Broadway
Menands,
NY
US

Across five locations in Massachusetts and New York, Homebrew Emporium's resident experts educate local brewers in the ancient ways of beer. Inside each store, visitors will find an array of equipment, ingredients, and accessories ranging from complete home-brewing kits to hop pellets in a variety of styles. Classes teach greenhorns the ropes on how to perfect a home-brewed beer, prepare bottles and kegs, and throw an epic party to drink it all.

470 N Greenbush Rd.
Rensselaer,
NY
US