The staff at Fashion Time hold time itself in their hands, in the form of their store?s collection of eye-catching watches. At locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, they repair watches in addition to pairing customers? wrists with low- and high-end watches from name-brand designers, such as Edifice, Kimio, Seiko, and Citizen. Customers can also peruse the store?s inventory on its comprehensive website, with shipping available nationwide. Already-purchased watches can be registered online through an easy submission form or a more difficult smoke-signal pattern.
When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Scott Nash started MOM's Organic Market in his mom's garage. He repurposed the space as a warehouse for organic goods, dispatching orders to local buyers. When he outgrew the space, he rented an actual warehouse, and then a bigger one, eventually outgrowing the home-delivery business and replacing it with a retail outlet. From there, the business mushroomed like a naturally grown, pesticide-free mushroom—it now maintains ten retail locations across Maryland and Virginia.
Each location subscribes to a single mission—to protect and restore the environment. Store managers stock organic and local products whenever possible, and reduce waste by minimizing packaging. To power their stores, they call upon natural energy sources, such as wind and the earth's molten core. As an added benefit, they buy in bulk to keep prices low and author recipes that transform organic produce into delicious meals.
There are two kinds of sweetness at Dessert Affairs Waldorf: the rich, decadent bites of cakes and desserts and the crisp flavors of freshly squeezed juices. On the decadent side, the staff crafts a range of desserts, from gooey brownies to dessert shooters and numerous flavors of cupcakes. For juices, they combine up to three fresh fruits, such as mango, raspberry, and pineapple, to create sweet, sippable glasses full of nutrients. For an added health boost, they can also blend in kale, protein powder, or flaxseed to create a true morning energy drink without incorporating a pulverized alarm clock.
David and Cindy Thorne started Zekiah Farms for their two sons. They wanted to instill a love of the land, strong work ethics, and lifestyles rooted in healthy food. As the farm grew, they were able to open up a farm store for the community?where they sell natural meats, seasonal veggies, and other goods. Zekiah Farms also hosts fall activities such as hayrides.
The fruit florists at Edible Arrangements inspect each piece of preservative-free produce for freshness before stamping it with a chocolaty seal of approval and finding it a cozy home in a customizable box. Mix and match scrumptious strawberries, granny smith wedges, piquant pineapple daisies, and other chocolate-varnished delights to design a box of 12 just right for thanking a business partner or showing your bedside mini fridge that you care. On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright orange wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.