Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful baskets, bouquets, and gourmet boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's Fruit Experts drizzle strawberries, daisy pineapples, apples, bananas and oranges in semi-sweet and white chocolate. These are supported by undipped but still-delectable fruits such as honeydew, cocount, mango, kiwi, grapes, watermelons, and cantaloupe. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative- and sweetener-free treats into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Arrangements come in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts, which can also be supplemented with cards, plus bears, and mylar balloons. Alternatively, customers can opt for the cheery, red-lidded gourmet chocolate fruit boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or rolled in crushed almonds.
In 2001, husband-and-wife team Todd and Anne realized two of their biggest dreams: they started a family and opened The Bike Lane. Throughout the store, bikes by Trek, Electra, Felt, Mirraco, and Surly lean on their kickstands alongside accessories such as water bottles, bells, or high-heeled spokes for date night. Certified staffers leap down from their stationary penny-farthings to perfectly match riders with new bikes through fit services that are free with purchase of a triathlon/TT, road, or mountain bike. In the repair shop, mechanics with 40 years of combined experience service bikes, overhauling brakes, installing parts, or custom-fitting wheels. To stay connected with its network of riders, The Bike Lane organizes educational safety events, advocates for bicycle-friendly communities, and sponsors more than 50 cycling events per year.
For the past 20 years, the technicians of Avons Services Inc. have showcased their mastery of the elements—air, specifically—to make homes comfortable habitats year round. They install and repair all makes and models of heating and air-conditioning systems so homeowners and business owners can exert complete control of their surroundings. The crew possesses the skills to tune up any aspect of a heating or cooling system, from installing the latest form of thermostat to clearing out blocked vents to adjusting systems in preparation for a new season.
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).
Counter Intelligence’s expert countertop agents have installed alluring, high-end kitchen surfaces since 1986. Skilled counter connoisseurs can visit homes during free in-home consultations, wielding digital templating equipment to ensure that new countertops fit perfectly into every nook and cranny. Once the complimentary kitchen template is ready, clients may select materials from a factory showroom, deciding on new counters, sinks, faucets, and edging. Grade-A, first-cut granite travels from quarries all over the world, bringing unique colors, patterns, and souvenir postcards, and arrives coated in IntelliGuard to ward off invading spills and stains ($1,995+ for 2 cm. thick slabs & installation in a 10’x10’ kitchen). Homeowners can also opt for nonporous, color-consistent Silestone quartz or more than 60 shades of robust Cambria quartz. After clients finish perusing a variety of undermount sinks, Moen faucets, and complimentary countertop edging, Counter Intelligence will begin its two-day kitchen overhaul.