In less than a decade, T-Mobile transformed from the sparkle in a CEO's eye into one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. The company—known for its vibrant pink logo and the charismatic celebrities who've filled its ads—takes pride in pioneering new cell-phone trends. Their newfangled 4G network sprawls across 217 markets to reach 200 million people, making it one of the most sprawling networks in the United States. Chatters access this invisible web via contract-free plans, which release them from the boot heel of years-long agreements enforced by most cell phone providers. The company's modern cell phones are lightweight, multi-functional, and double as secret explosive devices while you pretend to be an international spy. Despite its success, the company remains dedicated to its principles, earning a spot on the Ethisphere Institute's list of world's most ethical companies for three years in a row.
After more than 35 years, the walls at Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite couldn't cope with all the books. So the owners expanded into the city proper, setting up two new shops under the name Lucky Dog Books. Shelf after shelf of volumes greets the eye at each location; alongside the paperbacks and hardbacks sit myriad other forms of media, from used CDs and DVDs to LPs, magazines, and comic books young and old. Chairs dot the landscape at all three bookstores, inviting customers to flop down and flip through the pages of a novel or pretend to read a comic book that conceals a history textbook. In addition to selling its wares, Lucky Dog Books also offers cash or store credit for used items and takes its services on the road with a Books at Home program.
Nail Candy Dream Spa and Salon’s team of beauty experts creates looks for nails that would make most mouths water with bright colors and tiny beads that resemble sugary sprinkles. Though the nail art that comes out the salon of may look good enough to eat, fingernails and toenails are not and never will be edible. The custom looks can include 3-D flowers and even a small gold chain that connects two nails together. The one-stop location also deftly handles other beauty needs, with a full array of hair, eyelash, and makeup services, as well as an anti-aging time-travel machine.
Game Trade stocks its shelves with thousands of retro and modern video games and diverts patrons' skilled thumbs with an on-site game center. Develop hand/eye/prehensile appendage coordination on Xbox 360 controllers positioned in front of one of 12 HDTVs inside the game center ($3.50/one hour, $8/ three hours, $16/all day), embarking on journeys filled with mythical creatures, zombies, and hypercompetitive life-insurance salesmen. Gamers can opt to feed their at-home game consoles and TV sets with medieval conquests in Divinity II: Ego Draconis ($19.99) or wow household pets with head-banging performances in Rock Band ($19.99). Action-packed first-person shooters such as Halo Reach ($59.99) and Call Of Duty: Black Ops ($16.49) can also be enjoyed at home, preferably with a warm cup of tea and the neighborhood pan-flutist piping away softly in the background.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.