After 10 years of snipping and styling locks, Hair Kingdom's staff remains convinced that your cut should reflect your character. To ensure that each trim and coloring service is in tune with their client's personality, the style experts start every appointment with a consultation, discussing daily habits, personal hobbies, and aesthetic tastes. Armed with a concrete idea and mousse statuette of a desired look, they then start snipping away.
Though the experienced staff members handle updos and multidimensional color treatments with finesse, they can also paint nails and wax brows for a well-rounded makeover. Their cosmetic artistry can benefit charity if guests choose to shed 8 inches of hair, which the salon donates to Locks of Love through its complimentary program.
A stroll through Enchanted Forest Nursery is like going on a nature hike, except you can take all of the scenery home with you. The wooded nursery contains trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, as well as tranquil koi tanks that can put even a murderous Aquaman at ease. More wildlife makes its home in and around the onsite pond, where frogs and ducks swim amid water plants. The wide expanse of plants, flowers, and garden accessories, including natural stones sold by the pound, sprawls across more than 10,000 square feet.
The green-thumbed guides at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses help shoppers navigate 20 acres of potted flowers and a treasure trove of gardeny gift items, earning kudos such as the Virginian-Pilot’s 2010 Best of Chesapeake Gold Award. Hardy shrubs ($25–$30 for 3-gal. container) lure landscapers with the come-hither shake of verdant leaves, and colorful blossoms on florist-quality chrysanthemums prepare for debuts in homes, bouquets, or fashionable parade floats. Daisy-like ice plants can lend their edible leaves to salads, and sweet-smelling gardenia perennials may banish outdoor odors with their tropical fragrance. In addition to peddling plants, the garden center doubles as a gift shop, stocking Vera Bradley beach towels ($30), Yankee Candle votives ($30 for a 22 oz. jar of two), and seasonal items such as Christmas poinsettias and Pi Day pumpkins.
Designer Consignment gives new and slightly worn designer and vintage clothing, handbags, and accessories a second chance in the limelight. The shop only accepts items that are new or gently worn and in good condition, with brands such as Prada, Gucci, Juicy Couture, and Armani filling the shelves (designer items are generally $19.99–$24.99). Customers can expect high-quality apparel, instead of the pie-stained clown uniforms and uncharged power suits available at many secondhand outlets. The average shirt or blouse is usually $12.99, and skirts and pants average out at $14.99. Costume, vintage, and designer jewelry glitters around the store, attracting stylish magpies, and shoes are displayed lovingly in large cabinets and on bookshelves, giving the store a vibe as personal and novel as the items sold therein.
The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex features an NHL-style skating rink where both expert skaters and ice-taming pupils can practice their gliding skills. Casual ice-cutters get admission to a public skate (regularly valued at $10 for adults and $8 for children 7 and younger) and skate rental, a chilled way to avoid the sun's scorching summer dominion without resorting to amphibian tactics of public bathing. Ice-commanders should check the schedule before arriving to ensure they're attending a public skate time. As this $5 option has no purchase limit, round up a Bolivian hockey team's worth of skaters, spend a few hours bladin' with friends, and watch Dennis Quaid begin his new figure-skating career by taking a slap-shot and scoring with today's Groupon.