Real Life Studios specializes in snapping youngsters and conducts its sessions with an eye toward spontaneity to bring out each kiddo's true character. The studio’s funky, colorful backdrops and mini-trampoline can help give a lively vibe to a portrait, and the well-stocked costume and prop closet helps children express individuality and explore life as a key grip. Or memorialize a toddler's inaugural public pronunciation of "cheese" by opting for outdoor shots, which take place in a beautiful nearby park. After the one-hour photo frenzy, choose an image for a beautiful 5"x7" print, an ideal size for framing or shellacking on to oatmeal boxes.
Aveda Institute?trained stylist Jesse Rone turns everyday hairdos into wearable masterpieces with smoothing keratin treatments, eye-catching highlights, and summery, natural-looking ombre coloring. The accomplished hair artisan goes to great lengths to surround each visitor in a relaxing cocoon of luxury, working away stresses with soothing complimentary scalp massages, and inducing naptime with cozy warm towels.
Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Miniature humans are stylishly outfitted with transportation, premium car seats, and accessories at weebsworld, a boutique store specializing in "hip gear for cool babies." Friendly staff members offer numerous services, performing complimentary baby-gear consultations that help parents pick out premium baby gear. Certified car-seat-installation technicians supply customers with weighted, life-size baby dolls to try out strollers and car seats, and a patented storewide stroller track lets them test baby chariots or train for upcoming carriage-pushing marathons. The staff will also assemble strollers purchased in-store free of charge in addition to providing complete product tutorial at pick-up, allowing parents and their pride and joy to wheel out of weebsworld in their stylish new ride.
A Guild Commended Framer, Frame Nation employs certified framers who match existing frames and create special projects from scratch. Behind the shop's brick storefront, staffers help customers to make selections from more than 2,000 frame samples, including acrylic, steel-welded, and wood options. Combined with glass, museum-quality practices, and a tiny flux capacitor, these protective casings preserve everything from diplomas to wedding photos.
To find inspiration for their own creations, visitors need only view the artwork lining the walls. Frame Nation regularly displays the handiwork of local artists; one ever-present exhibit includes a collection of frames and three-dimensional collages crafted from recycled materials.
Richmond Fencing Club has molded budding fencers since JFK was president and humankind had just turned its eyes to the moon. Today, three instructors—each with their own titles from the Virginia Division Championships—helm the educational efforts, overseeing a program that educates students as young as 6 in the foot- and bladework required to wield a fencing foil competitively.
They teach in a no-nonsense facility, its cinderblock walls decorated only with pegs to hang fencing equipment, its smooth hardwood floors interrupted only by well-worn fencing lanes. The fencing-dedicated space keeps elaborately uniformed students cool with central air conditioning instead of replacing helmets with ice buckets like lesser establishments.