Serenity Soapworks' cleansing alchemists fuse natural ingredients into revivifying balms including bath soaps, salts, and aromatic candles. Delicate epidermises discover an effective ally in the lightly vanilla-scented Scaly Skin Skeedadle vegan soap, which treats extreme dry-skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and spontaneous combustion with avocado and sweet-almond oils, as well as coconut, hazelnut, and wheat germ ($5.95). Vegan lip balms ($3) capture summer’s essence in convenient, pocket-sized form, slathering smoochers in juicy flavors such as raspberry lemonade and strawberry-peach parfait. Aromatherapy-packed, chocolate-fudge-brownie-scented soy candles ($3.50–$6.50) unlock memories of childhood baking adventures and lure packs of feral cookies, and the Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey brown-sugar exfoliating scrub ($5) treats the senses to a luxurious brunch while cosseting sapped skin with moisture-maximizing oils.
Since 1992, CapRock has brewed wines local to Texas. The winery’s vintages cost from $12.95 to $24.95 and tasting-room merchandise runs from $0.25 to more than $100. The tasting room’s plush, black leather seating and stone fireplace make a relaxed setting for sampling the local vintages or whimsically planning world domination via lasers.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
1020 Boutique complements wardrobes without complicating wallets, showcasing an array of stylish accessories that never cost more than $20 and usually boast prices in the single digits. Shoppers can bedazzle friends' ears or propose marriage to their own with earrings ($2.95–$5.95), or pamper tired trotters with a new pair of toe-flattering shoes ($12–$20). 1020 Boutique also carries a number of trendy handbags perfect for toting around necessities—from makeup and car keys to teacup poodles ironically drinking coffee ($20).
Snippits! specializes in preserving memories with creative techniques, whether making custom memory quilts from beloved old clothes or using its massive collection of scrapbooking supplies. Stamps, punches, and stickers hold photos in place on sheets of custom-printed paper, and the store’s custom paper services can also be used to print letterhead, invitations, and stationery. Staff quilters incorporate old T-shirts, ties, heirloom handkerchiefs, and paid parking tickets into custom quilts that form a one-of-a-kind tableau of the past.