Customers bring in T-shirts, backpacks, jackets, and other threadable goods to be emblazoned with images ranging from cawing toucans and falling maple leaves to pastoral landscapes and business logos. Identify a polo or baby blanket with its owner's name ($4–$6 per item) in one of nearly 50 fonts, or adorn the entire back of a denim jacket with a majestic elk ($16). If clients are unsatisfied with the overall logo selection, Designer Threads also offers free quotes to have a custom logo digitized for the project. Most items take about a week to complete.
Since 1959, Alterations by Carolyn has restored, repaired, and refit all sorts of formal and casual garments for both men and women. Armed with decades of professional experience, the talented needler claims skill in working with even the most finicky of fabrics, able to conquer the delicate demands of suede, leather, and the space-time continuum. Clients can bring in their precious outfits to have newly hemmed dresses and lengthened coat sleeves delivered directly to their doorstep.
At Beautiful You Permanent Cosmetics, clients recline in comfortable beds with blankets, pillows, and relaxing music while registered nurses set to work enhancing their features. To achieve a natural look, they use the manual SofTap hand method, which lifts the facial tissues as they deliver hairline strokes of pigment to define the brows, the eyelids, or the lips. Patrons bring along favorite colors of makeup or pieces of a shrub they need to blend in with, and the salon's technicians work to match that hue. Disposable materials are used for each session to ensure cleanliness.
There's no entrance exam for Vino Cellars. As the wine lounge's website puts it, "No one will care if you can't say cabernet correctly. So go ahead and ask." And that level of accessibility runs throughout the entire shop, from the comfortable open seating to the complimentary tastings to the notes that describe every bottle's weight, palate, and mouth-feel. Such touches help guests find their way through the 150 varietals—imported from boutique-style producers across the globe—so they can pick the right pairing for a steak or the right milk-substitute for a bowl of Cheerios.
Pairing is a theme that runs through almost everything at Vino Cellars. Themed wine dinners match up five wines with four-course meals. The regular menu's small plates of shareable flatbread pizzas and sliders can also be mixed and matched with different libations. But Vino Cellars doesn't stop with wine and food. The shop spreads its gourmet knowledge to house-made bottles of flavored olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars.
Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.
And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.