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.
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.
Louis Papadopoulos discovered his passion for classic winemaking in 1961 in a centuries-old vineyard outside of Athens, Greece. His first barrels—a red inspired by the mythical homeland of Hercules and an Athenian white that has been made for thousands of years—inspired him to found his own vineyard on a 40-acre farm in Corinth, where grapes flourished alongside orange and apricot groves. When his family relocated to Northern Virginia in 1984, Louis left his farm behind, but he continued to practice Old World winemaking techniques.
Today, the Papadopoulos family shares their love of wines at Mediterranean Cellars Winery, where guests can tour their rolling hills lined with rows of twisting vines heavy with grapes or enjoy glasses on the picturesque patio. Their selection covers a wide range of Old World varietals and regional specialties. The Rechina evokes traditional Greek dinner wine, the Chambourcin uses 100% Virginia-grown grapes to make a full-bodied red, and the limited-release Calypso rose treats palates to a finish far smoother than Odysseus’ departure from her island.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
The Barthelson family’s certified-organic farm has cultivated produce, raised chickens and cows, and shared its harvest with the surrounding communities for the last 7 years. Always looking to lower their carbon footprint and increase sustainability, the Barthelsons reuse glass bottles for their minimally processed milk, build their soil with organic compost, and graze Angus cows and bulls on grassy pastures and the now-overgrown stadiums used for pog tournaments. Through their CSA membership program, the farm distributes and delivers eggs, produce, herbs, and meat to residents in surrounding communities from early spring until the beginning of autumn.