The impassioned pavement pounders and foot beglovers at Born to Run set inner chariots on fire with a tinderbox of name-brand running shoes, athletic clothes, and sundry accessories. The Oasis 2 from Fitflop ($50) combines the company's patented muscle-toning Microwobbleboard with soft, lustrous suede, straddling the divide between fashion and practicality along with stylish foot-envelopes from Asics, Adidas, and Saucony, among others. Born to Run also peddles essential accessories like heart-rate monitors, athletic socks, and motivation-pumping carrots to dangle before reluctant runners.
Rainbow Arts & Crafts fosters creativity with a spread of art supplies and adds a finishing touch to final projects with an on-site framing department. Stock up on art and craft necessities for hobbies ranging from painting to scrapbooking to competitive stickering. Colored pencils, charcoal, and pastels ($0.99+) enhance sketchbook doodles, and pins and needles ($2.52–$12.99) and thread ($5.25–$27.99) coalesce to fashion custom needlepoint and stitchery. For the oven inclined, an arsenal of baking supplies, such as molds ($2.49+), cake pans ($9.99), and cookie-cutters ($0.59), provide all the tools necessary to make a vagrant gingerbread man feel at home. For patrons unable to find the materials they need in-store, Rainbow will gladly special order and supply most items within one week.
LuckyVitamin.com is an online retailer devoted to vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements, and has curated products from more than 1,100 wellness brands. Though vast, the selection is easily shopped, as the site can be searched by category (men's health, sports nutrition, etc.) or vitamin type. And because LuckyVitamin.com knows that people interested in their internal wellness are more likely to be interested in a holistic approach to health, they carry much more than just vitamins and supplements. In their online catalog, shoppers can browse an expansive selection of everything from organic skincare and aromatherapy products to water purification systems and green cleaning supplies. Perhaps the largest section of the site is devoted to health foods, where you can find items as varied as instant coffee infused with probiotics and cashew butter infused with cashews.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
When kids want to play Hot Lava Monster on a jungle gym, hone their athletic skills on shock-absorbent basketball courts, or swing for the sky on a backyard swingset, Superior Play Systems helps them on their way. The company creates play equipment crafted with safety in mind. Some of its trampolines, for example, come with safety enclosures to keep kids from accidentally jumping onto Pluto.
Swingsets are made from hardy California redwood and cedar; this durable craftsmanship is reflected in the company's warranties, which guard against everything from breakage to carpenter bees. And while the company's gear outfits backyards and playgrounds across the country, its staff also runs play centers, where kids can stop in for unstructured play or a birthday party.
The trainers at Competitive Edge Sports help aspiring athletes perfect every aspect of their game, from individual techniques to teamwork. In a 60,000 square foot facility made up of five courts, players sharpen their skills in full-sized basketball, volleyball, and futsal arenas, as well as a 6,000 square-foot training arena for practicing speed and agility. These spaces are used by students to train one-on-one or in small groups, compete in leagues and tournaments, and have races on Gatorade slip 'n slides.