When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba—offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice sans long waiting periods. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid-hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516) backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Quarterback Jim Kelly captained his teammates to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances during his 11-year pigskin-tossing tenure, earning himself the distinction as the first and only Buffalo Bills player to have his number retired in the franchise's hall of fame. Since being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Jim has visited universities, Fortune 500 companies, and healthcare organizations to deliver speeches that impart his insights on teamwork, leadership, and how to milk a football for its gatorade. Through his website, Jim dispenses an array of authentic and signed mini and full-size helmets, jerseys, footballs, and new autographed memorabilia each month. Jim also remains committed to his charity and outreach programs, including Hunter's Hope, which Jim and his wife founded after their son was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, the Kelly for Kids Foundation, which raises funds for disabled and disadvantaged youth, and Jim Kelly Football Camp, which teaches youngsters football fundamentals and ballet routines from The Nutcracker to incorporate into end-zone victory dances.
Before they wrapped their first sale in their distinctive gift-wrap, the owners of Andrews Jewelers spent decades gaining experience in the industry. Today, their staff trains with the Gemological Institute of America to become qualified to appraise, grade, and administer SATs to jewelry and diamonds. Armed with experience and exacting taste, they shop the jewelry market—sometimes journeying as far as Belgium or Israel—to acquire an inventory of fine jewelry with varied style and consistent quality.
Their extensive collection of engagement rings and wedding bands displays Celtic, vintage-inspired, and modern design. Their network of wholesale diamonds comes exclusively from conflict-free sources. A rainbow of gemstones color bracelets, earrings with citrine, ruby, and sapphire, and custom designs glitter in customers' favorite colors.
At 8 in the morning, early crowds arrive at Lancaster Market to browse the tables of more than 40 vendors selling locally grown produce, handmade gourmet foods, and organic meats. Some stop at Kornerstone Coffee for a steamy cup before they leisurely browse bundles of flowers, flats of vegetables, and trays of seasonal fruits. Others head directly to their favorite stands: Hens Honey Bee Farm, Chateau Buffalo winery, Hanzlian's Sausage. The smell of kettle corn and pancakes scents the air, tempting these die-hard shoppers to linger in the open-air market. Since the farmers' market is open most weekends in the summer and early fall, it serves as both a dependable drop-in shopping center and a town mingling place. Demonstrations, such as how to can strawberry-pineapple marmalade and how to butcher a raspberry, educate anyone who sticks around.