Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Northern Virginia Magazine floods readers’ worldviews with new, intimate perspectives on the region, delivering in-depth coverage on noteworthy places, events, and individuals. The magazine reports current news on topics such as health and beauty, family, education, and the ongoing effort to reanimate the Statue of Liberty. Its entertainment features highlight the latest cultural, artistic, and social happenings, as well as reviewing new restaurants and the best places to shop, travel, and entertain in the area. The magazine turns a textual spotlight on movers and shakers in its profiles of top local doctors, lawyers, leaders, and personalities.
Recurring pieces in Northern Virginia Magazine acquaint subscribers with the fresh prose of popular writers on staff. "Relish" by Stefanie Gans explores the region's food industry, reviewing products and restaurants and getting advice from guest contributors on pairing alcoholic beverages with their long-lost twins. "Pets" finds writer Jenni Terry undertaking humorous and educational adventures involving the column's furry, eponymous subjects. Staff writers and contributing editors take turns with monthly, in-depth examinations of serious and light Northern Virginia topics, from crime and politics to getaways.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, d?cor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry craft-lovers can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
Whether the end result is a colorfully painted canvas or a glass-fusion art piece, Clay Cafe gives visitors the tools and materials they need to express their creativity. Customers can beautify all kinds of bisque pottery shapes with their choice of non-toxic, food-safe glazes, before turning them over to the staff to finish and fire within about a week. Clay Cafe also offers birthday parties and opportunities to adorn a canvas or t-shirt with an original design in paint.
WiGoClinic – Cell Phone Repair Shop performs a wide assortment of smartphone fixes, including fitting damaged devices with solid new covers, which breathe new life into once unusable technologies. Trained technicians cradle cracked smartphones to soothe them into drowsy Airplane Mode, then gently unhinge shattered covers to clear delicate surfaces for a new protective window. Devices emerge from the phone hospital after roughly an hour with fresh screens that bestow the same functionality as the original factory cover. WiGoClinic also performs water-damage diagnostics, and boasts a high success rate in repairing drowned devices. iPhone repairs typically take less than an hour, and most operations can be performed while customers sit comfortably in WiGoClinic's waiting space, complete with kids' play area.
Ski Chalet proffers the latest in snow-slicing technology with professional in-shop services and top-flight gear. Prep your skis for mountain season with a thorough tune-up, which delights snow gliders with an indulgent stone grind, bevel, and hot-wax treatment before whispering inspirational quotes in their ears and sending them back to the slopes. Lift loafers can peruse skis, boots, bindings, and poles in the pro shop, or they can complete a preexisting mountain-defeating arsenal with protective wear like GoreTex-laced gloves ($64.95) or ear warmers ($30). Newer skiers can count on friendly, helpful service to pair them with appropriate equipment.