Realizing that every minute spent primping takes away from their clients' free time, the staff of Body & Sol Tanning Boutique streamlines their services so clients can get in, get bronzed, and get out. Clients can simply walk in to the chain location closest to home, after which they consult with the Smart Tan-certified staff over which tanning method is most suitable for their skin. After deciding on intensity and length of sessions, clients hop into one of the five tiers of UV bed. The salon also offers UV-free options such as the automated Mystic HD booth, which is loaded with four different shades of tanning pigment, all of which seep into skin through the use of heated rays. Clients can choose to deepen tans with a range of Devoted Creations tanning accelerators, or simply heighten a tan's contrast with surgically implanted angel wings or the salon's BleachBright teeth-whitening kits.
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.
Having finished a project that was nine years in the making following a destructive fire, Colonial Beach Yacht Center's owner, Kyle Schick, and his daughter Robin proudly hoisted their Virginia Clean Marina flag in 2011. The newly overhauled marina had undergone a series of transformations, from recycling more than 4,000 pounds of metal from the yard to installing its own recycling centers. In addition to slip rentals and a dockside restaurant, the center also offers canoe and kayak rentals for an eco-friendly way to explore the surrounding waterways.
Tucked away in the Northern Neck of Virginia, The Inn at Montross resides in a stately, three-story building constructed in the 1790s. Over the years it has served at various times as a tavern, a restaurant, and a school. Converted to an inn in 1975, the elegant lodging underwent a complete renovation in 2011. The rocking-chair-bedecked from porch and each of its five individually decorated guest rooms harks back to the colonial era, from the Stratford room's handsome four-poster bed to the Potomac room's finely embroidered bedclothes and tricornered shower caps. Downstairs, a cozy fireside bar and restaurant, beloved of locals, serves a hearty chef-prepared dinner menu that includes favorites such as apple-cider pork chops and beef carpaccio with a peppercorn-and-rosemary rub.
The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.