To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.
Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.
From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.
Ladyburg is the inspiration of owner, master aesthetician, and aesthetic instructor Crystal Wellman. Within the cozy day-spa atmosphere, the crew at Ladyburg targets unsightly hair, age-indicators, and blemishes with clinical, results-oriented treatments performed with Image Skincare products and Radiancy Light & Heat Energy (LHE) technology. They help clients determine the most effective products for their skin by pairing initial consultations with a skin analysis, a tool that is useful in formulating custom treatments, such as clinical-grade facials, IPL treatments, chemical peels, and 3-D face paintings.
Ladyburg takes pride in keeping their services up-to-date with the latest in skincare technologies by continuously attending advanced-education seminars throughout the country. DermaSound, the spa's signature treatment, exfoliates up to 50% of clients' dead skin while boosting collagen and elastin production with ultrasonic and microcurrent energy. During advanced laser hair-reduction sessions, intense pulses of light and heat gently wash over unwanted bristles, breaking down follicles and leaving skin smoother than a seal-crooning Barry White. Traditional spa treatments, including waxing and mineral-makeup application, also make the list.
With a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District in Fredericksburg, you'll be minutes from Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church and Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. This hotel is within close proximity of James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
Make yourself at home in one of the 98 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility.
While enjoying a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
Spice Rack Chocolates' co-creators Paul and Mary Schellhammer left long-standing careers in order to make their shared culinary interests a full-time occupation. Before Spice Rack Chocolates fully evolved as a business, Mary worked as a personal chef. She developed an intimate knowledge of herbs and spices along the way, and started to invent unusual pairings of chocolate and herbs, which she left as after-dinner treats at the parties she catered. Her intrigued clientele began to come back to her shop, wailing like zombies for more chocolate, and the business became a cacao-centric endeavor.
In 2008, just two years after making Spice Rack Chocolates' confections publicly available, the Schellhammers' artisanal chocolates won the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services's "Best New Food Product"—an award which they clinched again in 2010. Today, the Schellhammers create 29 flavors of Belgian chocolate infused with herbs, spices, coffee, and peppers, and can hand-paint color accents or tiny limericks onto the candies using color-infused cocoa butter. The spot also creates confections that have been certified vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
There is a box at the door of Renewal Massage. Inside, the worries of previous guests wilt, discarded. Each was symbolically dropped in and left behind, an act that began many clients’ journeys toward relaxation and balance. Past the box, within Renewal Massage, licensed therapists facilitate this voyage. They employ more than 10 modalities and more than five decades of combined experience to combat stress, confident that massage treatments are not an indulgence but a remedial step toward total wellness. Thus, they strive to evict tension from both muscles and thoughts, pushing their patrons toward a holistic vision of health.
Every therapist on staff boasts his or her own specialties. Christie Jones, for example, has mastered the classic Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone kneading styles and Will Jett focuses on helping his clients understand the importance of regular massage. Often, a massage will address specific or chronic concerns; pregnancy massages aim to relieve weight-bearing pains, and migraine massages target the facial muscles and shrinking sweatbands that can cause headaches.
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.