When future generations look back at 2015, they will no doubt label it "The Year of the Vape." You can't shop at Publix without looking four stores down and seeing some ironically named vape store next to the frozen yogurt place. VaporFi is different, however. Located in Sawgrass Mills Mall, Vapor-Fi is to vaping what Starbucks is to coffee. VaporFi allows customers to sit at a bar, try different flavors, and eventually choose a kit that suits their budgets and lifestyles. They have more than 30,000 flavor combinations to pick from. Looking to kick smoking cigarettes? If so, they have flavors that mock the taste of the bad stuff, so your body can't tell the difference after a few pulls. They also have marshmallow and Raspberry Razz.

When you walk into Big Al's, it's quite obvious where you are — a tiny little Disney World of firearms. This basic box of a building has the best gun supplies you can find in the area and some of the hardest-to-find ammo. Whether a seasoned shooter or just starting out, you can rent, shoot, pawn, buy, or just look at an assortment of guns. But who wants to just look when there is a spacious range and so many firearms to try out? The store doubles as a pawn shop, which gives it a rustic feel and makes for an interesting atmosphere. That gently used skull ring is going to look badass on your pinky when you unload a few clips.

Getting tatted up is a pretty big decision. Unless you have the big bucks for removal surgery, what you get inked on your bod will be there forever. So, hot tip: Don't tattoo "Gangnam Style!" Also: Make sure you choose the right place to get inked. The last thing you want to do is randomly pick a shop to have the face of your baby daughter tattooed on your back and she ends up looking like Goofy. Do your homework. You want a good artist, for the right price, and Dragon Lilly is the place to find both. At this shop, which started with an outpost in Rhode Island, artists take their time and give you ink you'll be proud to show off for years. They don't do piercings, but they do offer tattoo parties — and hosts who bring at least four paying friends get inked free.

Readers' Choice: A Stroke of Genius

Radio-Active Records
Ian Witlen

Twenty-five years ago, no one thought records would outlast cassettes and CDs, except maybe the proprietors of Radio-Active Records. While much music is now streamed, people still like things, and this store has shiny new and fashionably used music on vinyl (as well as on cassette and CD). You can spend hours searching for buried treasures or, if in a rush, ask the friendly clerk to point you in the right direction for an aural treat. Special events like in-store concerts and pizza-party signings when your favorite musicians are in town to play a gig will make you glad this place stays in business.

Readers' Choice: Radio-Active Records

Everybody you know has the coffee table that took three hours to put together and the futon from the big box store. But shouldn't you love the furniture you live on? That's the pull of Adam's Interiors, which draws its merchandise from designers around the world, offering customers a chance to get those sweet finds that typically only overpriced decorators get access to. The store is an exclusive dealer for many lines of furniture, including the plush "Stressless" collection of chairs, and "Adam's Signature" line is unlike what you'll find anywhere else. You can even tie a room together with the perfect rug by designing a custom one on the retail store's website, which allows customers to select colors, material and size that match what you need. Now that you know this place exists, your living room is feeling a little dated, right?

When it comes to acquiring furniture second hand, you have only so many options. You can either scan Craigslist (judging a couch based on a thumbnail picture) or you can find a store that specializes in displaying gently used furniture that doesn't look like it was just plucked out of the nearest dumpster. American Thrift is the place that provides customers with the latter, more appealing of these options. The store has a vast selection of used furniture displayed in such a way that you imagine it in your home, not on the curb after someone moved last week. It's reminiscent of a reputable car dealership that has a huge stock of clean, inspected, approved-for-sale used cars — at a cost that will make you well aware as to why you decided not to buy new. At the Lauderhill location, expect to find friendly employees, like store manager Beatriz Bosio, who will happily help you select the piece that best fits your home, then help you get it there.

You've taken care of the hard part — you got the boat. Now, you need to find out Yacht's Next. (Ha, a little boat supply store humor for you there!) Yacht Next is the place to go if you need anything boat-related — especially if you are looking to pimp your boat out properly. It provides customers with stylish, seaworthy interiors, custom outfitting, and employees who know their Sunbrella from their Naugahyde fabrics. From linens to tablecloths to accessories, pretty much everything is of the highest quality. Don't skimp, skipper.

If you're looking to go out fishing but you have no idea where to begin, you should start by making a stop on Federal Highway at Aces Bait and Tackle shop; it has pretty much anything and everything you might need out on the water. For more than a decade, Aces has stocked lures, rods and reels, hooks, sinkers, and polarized sunglasses. Just off the Hillsboro Inlet, Aces is on your way to the water. It offers professional spooling services and expert fishermen who can answer any questions you might have, so it's the place to stop if you admittedly have no idea what you're doing. On the other hand, if you're an expert, it's like a candy store — a candy store that sells live bait, including pilchards, live shrimp, live crabs, and even live pinfish, that will get the attention of the fish you're looking to nab. Aces Bait and Tackle should be the first and only place you stop before you go out fishing.

Surf World

When you're shopping, it's always nice to shun the big-box store and support the little guy... but when you're about to drop a grand on a single item, you want to make sure you've considered your options. Enter Surf World: the little guy with the big selection. The team that runs this family-owned business has been known to brag that it has "more paddleboards in stock than all the other paddle shops in South Florida combined" (not to mention a killer selection of sandals and skateboards). The place sells all types of SUP equipment, from inflatables that you can stash in your studio apartment to specialty models for racing, plus a selection of board shorts to wear in the ocean and the waterproof video camera with which to capture your radical exploits. It also does sales, rentals, and lessons ($50 for a group lesson, $80 for a private), so you can go from knowing nothing to knowing everything in no time.

Fitness. Focus. Fun. That's what you'll get at Studio 4 Martial Arts, which is focused more on helping people develop excellent character and self-esteem and less on getting all "hi-yah!" on a stack of bricks. (Stay long enough, though, and you'll learn cool tricks like that too.) The cool moms are opting out of soccer practice and instead bringing the tots here to the instructors, who instill respect, focus, and positive attitudes in kids — without costing their parents an arm and a leg. No contracts are required at Studio 4, so you're free to check it out with no strings attached.

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