A regular fixture on the top-50 running-stores list published annually by Running Insight, Potomac River Running is a family-owned business of running enthusiasts and professional coaches who aim to spread a joy of running and walking around the Washington, DC, area. Focused on providing a fun and welcoming environment for people of all fitness levels, Potomac offers brand-name footwear and apparel for feet and the bodies attached to them. The custom shoe-fitting process begins with an iStep foot scan and a video gait analysis to analyze your step and the shoe that would best complement it. Once toe-holders have been measured and monitored, slide them into a pair of running or walking shoes ($80–$180), and then top off your lower half with running shorts ($25–$40) or cloak your supra-belt region in a shirt ($20–$120).
Shoes by Lara festoons feminine feet in designer footgear appropriate for both everyday wear and elegant occasions. Slip toes into stylish stilettos from designers such as Nine West ($29–$69), Anne Klein ($29–$69), or Franco Sarto ($29–$59). By cushioning arches in soothing soles by Naturalizer and Easy Spirit ($39–$59) specially designed for comfort, feet can stay fashionable even on long walks to the office or Olympic long jumps to the grocery store. Toes with an eye for the upscale can opt to put this Groupon toward more indulgent heel shields with runway fashions from Jimmy Choo ($298+) or Balenciaga ($298+), and a wide range of equally opulent ankle adorners are on sale daily for smart shoppers who prefer to pair their penny loafers with a bit of penny pinching.
From its petal-filled space in Arlington's Ballston Mall, Saeeda's Blooming Flowers enlivens weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries with stunning floral arrangements enhanced by elegant vases and gift-appropriate extras. Helpful, flower-savvy staff members shepherd guests through the sweet-smelling inventory of bouquets, baskets, and potted greenery as they find the perfect union of tulips, roses, daisies, and exotic foliage. The leafy selection can mark festivals and social occasions with a wealth of holiday-appropriate gifts, such as a charming potted lily to celebrate Easter or a blossom-free fern to taunt a rival beekeeper.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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