Works of classic and contemporary authors commingle on Books With A Past’s shelves, inspiring all who enter the store to choose their own adventure as they peruse 4,200 square feet of literary treasures. With more than 100,000 new and used titles in stock, the store’s selection, viewable in an online browser, ranges from the aristocratic romance of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the tumultuous, thousand-year history of internet gaming. Authors visit the shop on a regular basis, reading excerpts from their newest releases before signing autographs. To further bolster the local writing community, owner Erin Matthews edits book manuscripts, college-application essays, and grocery lists transcribed in iambic pentameter. The store’s tutors similarly extend their knowledge to kids of all ages, enhancing their subject-area knowledge and test-taking skills during scholarly lessons.
Chef Charles, a 20-year veteran of the culinary industry and a scholar of culinary science, possesses sufficient chops to whip up gourmet meals in anyone's kitchen. Crawfish étoufée, rolled lasagna, chicken cordon bleu, and seared tuna round out Charles's repertoire of international entrees, which comprise ingredients purchased within a day of the meal for greater freshness.
Personal Touch Custom Auto's owner, Ron Sanders, started detailing cars at the age of 19, and he still enjoys the work as much as he did back in his community-college days. Though he handles the operations of the shop, you won't find Ron sitting behind a desk—he gets his hands dirty right alongside his crew. During detailing treatments, he and his technicians gently hand-wash cars before slathering them in coats of wax and carnauba-sealant applications to protect paint. They also employ their expertise to install audio equipment, patch dents, and wrap auto glass in quality scratch-resistant films that guard auto interiors from 98% of UV rays, lingering heat, and direct eye contact with strangers.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
Newlyweds can’t stop praising the staff at Flowers & Fancies. In several glowing reviews posted on the business’s website, satisfied customers praise their bridal bouquets and aisle-side blooms, with some even hand-scrawling their thank-you notes to the florist. While the shop’s employees boast a special knack for creating wedding-day arrangements, their artistic bouquets express a wide spectrum of sentiments so flower givers don’t ever have to change facial expressions. On anniversaries, 12 long-stem roses commemorate years of devotion, while sprays of pink flowers make a friend’s day. The floral artists also indulge a whimsical streak with pup-shaped arrangements and a line of cocktail-inspired bouquets that only cause intoxication if soaked in vodka and eaten as a snack.
Linda Seidel is a long-time beauty expert who strives to subdue a wide array of dermal irregularities and discolorations. As the brain behind Natural Cover products, she understands how to analyze skin types, accommodate sensitivities, and vivify visages with a few strokes of the brush. Whether consulting with clients or guiding them through the application process, Linda encourages all guests to ask questions and explore their options, from trying new products and tones to abandoning old habits such as putting on lipstick while riding a pogo stick.