During more than 70 years in business, South Shore Bicycle & Fitness has equipped countless athletes with the gear they need to enjoy on- and off-road cycling excursions. Rows upon rows of bikes from brands such as Giant, Pinarello, and Trek offer both children and adults a variety of machines designed specifically for urban, road, or mountainous travel. The shop's walls are lined with fitness gear, apparel, and shoes from brands such as Bontrager, Giordana, and Gaerne, saving riders the discomfort of wearing scuba gear during morning bicycle commutes.
Voted No. 2 Jeans Store by Long Island Press readers in 2009, Max & Gino's offers a stylish cornucopia of young women's garb, suitable for occasions both casual and dressy. Denim leggings and jeggings hold gams in a stylish embrace ($48+), and sweater- or poncho-shaped knitted chestplates from Brandy Melville, Wildfox, and Vintage Havana free arms from tyrannical goose-bumps colonies ($74+). Devotees of Free People can select from the full line ($40+), perhaps choosing a feminine, bohemian-rocker frock that billows romantically in the breeze of a freshly launched space shuttle. Butter Super Soft blankets ($59.50) keep extremities warm, aided by Butter's luxurious sweatpants, tanks, tees, and a limited-edition collection of vintage-feel hoodies, each carefully distressed by hand using mildly upsetting finger puppets.
Detailed dresses and colorful sweaters mingle with a variety of vintage-style and innovative clothing in the Zoe And Co. boutique. Five colors of scoop-necked shirts with three-quarter length sleeves ($24) provide a base for patterned cardigans, sweaters, and pet boa constrictors. Striped cotton maxi skirts ($38) allow legs to move freely among early spring daffodils, and a fitted bubble coat ($98) keeps curves and contours warm in cooler months. Jeans ($58) come in dark denim, white, and spring green with patterns that hug hips like preadolescent inner tubes.
The knowledgeable staff at Hamilton True Value helps tackle home-improvement projects with an expansive inventory of merchandise. Deluxe high-back folding chairs ($20.99) and banquet tables ($73.99) add a touch of class to backyard feasts or amateur wrestling matches, while repelling arboreal intruders with a a 50 pound bag of ice-melting pellets ($29.99) keeps vagrant snowmen at bay. Patrons can also apply the value toward larger purchases, like the burger-terrifying Weber gas grill ($399), or use it to polish off a long-delayed interior redecoration with Pratt & Lambert brand paints. Services such as window repair, key cutting, and scissor sharpening are also available to keep homeowners happy.
There are two ways cars, SUVs, and trucks wash up at Squeaky Clean of Valley Stream. They either inch their way into the automated tunnel for a quick and painless scrub down, or they park in the garage for a thorough wash and hand wax. Detailing crews babysit rides for up to four hours, during which time they restore exterior shine and free interiors from dirt, debris, and mittens that don't belong in the glove compartment. Aside from sprucing up autos, the staff keeps engines purring with express oil changes.
At Valley Stream Dental, Dr. Isaac Pearlman and his smile-shining staff impart oral health by thoroughly inspecting chompers and gums for cavities, decay, and disease. To commence each spelunking exploration, a tooth technician snaps digital x-rays, which result in nearly 80% less radiation than standard x-rays, to identify cavities, cave paintings, and structural issues in mouth stalagmites. The dental doyen then inspects the nooks and crannies of gnashers to ensure toothscapes are healthy and disease-free. To finish off the 30-minute appointment, oral experts conduct a thorough cleaning, tackling tartar and plaque and then polishing mouth pearls until they’re ready to flash signals to passing airplanes.