An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
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).
Having always found great joy in baking confections and cakes, owner and baker Gru was finally convinced by impressed friends to make a career of it. When she would bring her homemade truffles or cake pops to parties, they often told her through mouthfuls of sweets that she was no ordinary baker. With that encouragement, she opened Juju Sweetz, where those creations as well as her mini cupcakes and other handheld delectables are now available to all. Also gifted with a flair for design, Gru customizes orders, sculpting cake pops into shapes such as flags and stars for the Fourth of July and preparing bushels of treats for other special events, including weddings, birthdays, and baby showers.