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.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
No matter what the hour or the day, the florists at Pollard's Florist can be called upon to arrange beautiful bouquets of flowers. That's because the shop keeps staff on hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year because they know that every day is a celebration for someone, and they're here to help make it special. To do this, they keep thousands of roses, exotic blooms, and sprays on hand. They then use their 75 years of experience to mix and match flowers to create something that evokes romance, gratitude, or deepest sympathies. Flowers are arranged in a choice of baskets, vases, or stands to create a ready-to-display centerpiece or a streamlined flower missile to throw at bridesmaids. For last-minute orders, staff can even create and send out arrangements at odd hours to get flowers to loved ones on time.
Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year—such as a salute to the American soldier—and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
Virginia Beach Cornhole brings the classic challenge of chucking a corn-filled bag through a hole in a tilted game board to the seaside. Its waterfront shops stock an array of regulation-sized boards, with both painted and unfinished options, which patrons can rent or purchase. Like the bed pillows of most chickens, Virginia Beach Cornhole’s bags are packed with a pound of corn each, and are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors. For friendly competition, players can chuck bags in one of the company’s contests, hosted weekly throughout the summer and sporadically in winter months.
For more than 25 years, Stanley’s Home Furnishings has filled empty homes with dining sets, bedroom sets, and other furniture for all areas of the house. Their inventory ranges from motion furniture such as recliners and sofas to dinettes, full bedroom sets, and mattresses from brands such as Allassea Sleep System, Boyd Sleep Products, and Paramount Bedding. They offer in-house financing options, as well as convenient delivery to Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.