Behind a distinctive pink-and-purple-painted storefront, Blend of Buckroe's baristas brew individual cups of coffee and espresso drinks. The fledgling cafe enchanted the palate of an Examiner.com reporter, who heralded the shop's selection of light and dark roasts as "delightfully smooth" and "satisfying". Mugs of macchiato and mocha partner with plates of pastries and quiche on the simple café menu, augmented by sumptuous spoonfuls of ice cream. Artwork dangles from the purple walls of the WiFi-saturated seating area, and colorful couch cushions, old-fashioned benches, and an antique barbershop chair nestle patrons as they flip through magazines or compose lengthy sonnets to their favorite Supreme Court justice.
At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
After graduating from college, pals Lindsay Bennett and Victoria Mitchell decided to use their 20 years of combined experience in the hospitality and customer service industries toward helming their own cleaning company. Before barging in with mop in hand, the cleaners first meet with the client in their home to develop a customized plan and rapport. The affable duo then go into work mode, scheduling services that range from weekly cleanings to deep Spring scrub downs. Recognizing that many people feel uncomfortable with a crew of strangers or sentient vacuum cleaners milling about in their homes, Lindsay and Victoria a personally clean each abode themselves.
Chesapeake Bay Sailing Adventures charters voyages marked by breathtaking ocean sunsets, wind-filled sails, and the laughter of families and friends. Passengers ring in anniversaries and birthdays upon a spacious 39-foot vessel, making toasts in the cozy, comfortable cabin replete with comfortable couches and a full kitchen. Guests relax under the safe custody of a skilled captain and crew, or they can opt to learn how to guide the vessel through the tides or master the complicated jargon and intricate secret handshakes of maritime workers. During each half-day, full-day, or sunset voyage, guests munch on complimentary snacks and soft drinks or sip their own brought-along beverages.
Located at Paradise Ocean Club, Bay Breeze Seafood Company treats visitors to seafood, sandwiches, and crab cakes at a scenic beachfront location with ample outdoor seating. Cooks prepare sundry oceanic favorites, such as fried tilapia-fillet sandwiches, calamari, steamed clams, salmon, tuna, oysters rockefeller, raw oysters, and crab claws.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.