A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
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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.
Family owned and operated since 1957, Conte's Bicycle and Fitness Equipment approaches each bicycle with individualized care and expertise. Conte's tune-up can refresh your bike's groggy parts after protracted garage hibernation. After light adjustment, brakes once again meet evenly on each rim and derailleurs front and rear keep riders seamlessly cycling up and down hills with ease. If your wheels have been wobbling towards a dishonest path, Conte's trues both front and rear wheels before giving them a stern lecture. The ultimate bicycle overhaul cleans, de-greases, re-greases, and re-calibrates every system of your dual-wheeled chariot. Skilled mechanics go where few rags have gone before to overhaul crunchy bottom brackets, headsets, and hubs, and scrub every crevice of the dirt-loving drive train. A waxed and polished frame, with all spotless and well-oiled parts attached to it, returns to you prepared to glide forth effortlessly on asphalt or trail, deftly dodge its pothole and fallen log foes, and strut in shiny, sustainable glory next to less-kempt automobiles.
A beacon of global, ecological, and culinary change, Farm to Family provides local farmers and their customers with a simple, more sustainable means of transporting food from source to stomach. Because of the market's communal roots, the staff is able to keep a keen, green thumb on what's seasonally fresh, what's regionally rich, and what's soon to be needed for noshing, carving, and squashing. The seasonal selection currently includes succulent yellow squash and zucchinis ($1.89/lb.), sweet potatoes ($1.69), and most everything else that can be harvested within the region, including unmodified, unexpressive proto-jack-o-lanterns ($1–$15, ranging from mini to giant and fancy pumpkins). To see a complete list of what's sprouting up in the market, feel free to check out the weekly selection online.