Founded by local track coaches Rob Dulin and Jason Grant, The Running Store combines professional service with a large stock of running and walking shoes to fit patrons with the footgear that best suits their needs. Knowledgeable staffers provide complimentary foot, shoe, and gait analyses to shoppers, including electronic foot scans to determine weight distribution and treadmill-based walk/jog investigations using special cameras and jumbo contact lenses. Equipped with new knowledge of their nether hands, patrons are then free to choose from a selection of shoes ($90+) or moisture-wicking apparel ($30+) built for bipeds of every variety.
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.
Since 1999, the specialists at VA Runner have outfitted customers with footwear for varied terrain, from local hiking trails to urban sidewalks. Although the staffers specialize in technologically advanced running shoes, they also work to make sure their clients are comfortable during everyday tasks such as walking the dog or pirouetting gracefully across slick supermarket floors. They call upon specialized knowledge in the fields of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to ensure a proper fit and enjoyable workout for each customer. The store also hosts races and running events, which can be viewed on its event page.
Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
Turquoise Canyon adorns necks, ears, wrists, and end tables with an array of authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, and accessories, assembled by artisans dedicated to the beauty and sustainment of Native American art. Enhance your ring finger's aura with a handcrafted zuni opal ring ($23), or guard against Pat Sajak-related night terrors with a Navajo dream catcher necklace, crafted from sterling silver and turquoise ($68). A set of pottery earrings beautify ears with hand paintings and fired shards inspired by authentic Acoma pottery designs ($39+), while a life-size Navajo handcrafted clay pot provides a safe place to store them ($247). Aside from carrying everything from belt buckles, bolo ties, and pendants, to kachinas and stone sculptures, Turquoise Canyon boasts membership to the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, which fosters the protection and preservation of authentic Native American artwork.
The readers of Washingtonian magazine voted the family-owned Princess Jewelers "Best Jewelry Store" in 2008, winning the company well-deserved notice for the careful, custom craftsmanship of its talented, certified jewelers. Two elegant showrooms display engagement and wedding rings set with diamonds or semiprecious stones, as well as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and cufflinks that make a glittery gift for significant others or surprised trick-or-treaters. The company imports a large inventory of loose gemstones and diamonds, which may be fashioned into original designs or replicas of pieces in photographs, and jewelers can also restore damaged pieces to their previous beauty and wearability. On-site graduates of the Gemological Institute of America are capable of identifying legitimate gemstones by scent alone, using their bling-based expertise to appraise customers' new and antique jewelry and assist them through each step in the selection of a quality showpiece.