I was at the LBS shopping for a 12" girls bike when I came across two bikes that I thought had some promise for commuting.
1st, the Gary Fisher Triton. Its a single speed bike (not Fixed) with cruiser style bars rather than drops. I think its too pricy though. The other one was the cronus...it was basically just a hardtail mtn bike with slicks on it, but it looked quite comfortable for urban usage. Its also pretty pricy, but more reasonable. I guess I don't have a real point to this thread other than to say I saw some bikes that looked cool at the LBS, from a manufacturer I'd never have considered.