The wide aisles and shelves at MOM's Organic Market's new location teem with certified-organic groceries and produce free of chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers. Between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., fill a cart or 10-gallon hat with steaming grain bowls, salads, sandwiches, and raw juices from the Naked Lunch Kitchen, a new spot for take-home meals or quick eats on the go. Grocery carts may also be filled with a variety of gourmet cheeses, gluten-free food, sustainably farmed seafood, and local, organic dairy and meat products. GT's Kombucha Gingerade joins assorted Chobani yogurts to create power-packed breakfasts, and Vita Coco coconut water soothes parched straws with electrolytes. A new bulk-food section boasts a selection of local honey, grind-your-own nut butters, heirloom lentils and beans, and olive oils. The storefront, built with renewable materials, fume-fighting low-VOC paint, and energy-efficient skylights with LED bulbs, mirrors its eco-friendly offerings. Outside, ample parking stands ready to accommodate organic-fare-craving motorists.
Banner's Hallmark hosts unique gifts and Hallmark greeting cards that creatively accent any holiday or special occasion. In the absence of sufficient stashes of construction paper for homemade coupon books, offspring can bestow upon hard-working patriarchs a puzzle-themed photo card personalized with an ingratiating image of the family ($3.49). Assorted gifts include décolleté-decorating jewelry, such as DaVinci beads ($6.99 each), and a library of recordable storybooks ($29.95 each). In the home-goods department, comely chalices provide sturdier drinking alternatives to sippy cups and wineskins made out of swiss cheese. Prices and selection may vary based on location.
At Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), art aficionados mingle in a community that fosters a love of visual arts with hands-on education, exhibitions, and special events. A yearlong family membership grants parents access to contemporary-art exhibitions with artist receptions, workshops, special events, and a 10% discount on a kids' single summer art class (20% when registering for multiple classes). Children smear glue, sprinkle glitter, and splatter paint from three brimming art buckets without tattooing your living-room sofa during Explore More, a self-guided exploration of the current exhibition with related art-making activities. Unleash your child's inner Picasso with priority admission to GRACE's summer art programs, which immerse children in puppetry, comic books, and self-portraits ideal for proudly mounting on refrigerators or above castle mantels.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($39.95 online), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($19.50 online). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Robert Rose Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($19.95 online). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Urban Expressions flap clutch ($39.75), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
Just like Mom used to say: "If it looks good enough to eat, I bet it's from that delicious sweet store next to the old gin mill. You know the one I'm talking about, right? No, not that one. I'm talking about Edibles Incredible Desserts, where I buy all my artful, tantalizing desserts and store them in my chest freezer next to my year supply of spinach quiches." And Mom was always right. Today's Groupon gets you $25 worth of melt-in-your-mouth, delectable creations for only $10 at Edibles Incredible Desserts.
Since 1994, stationery visionary Heidi Kallett has helmed The Dandelion Patch, stocking its shelves with writing-related goods and thoughtful gifts. The shop, which has been named Best Stationer by Northern Virginia Magazine and Best of the Best by the Washingtonian, helps shoppers to tote belongings to and fro with paisley Vera Bradley bags and improve the aroma of homes with delicate candles. Heidi and her staff can engrave or monogram stationery and invitations that celebrate the birth of a baby or the ability to memorize addresses. The Dandelion Patch’s events include writing workshops—which teach young writers to master the art of the thank-you note—children’s etiquette classes, and wedding-etiquette teas.
PR Training Programs's dedicated coaches ready clients for races with a variety of running regimens. Running 101's 16 endurance-focused jaunts build beginners' running volume until they can scamper over a 5K or 10K finish line. More experienced ambulators—those with a mile time of nine minutes or less, or enough endurance to run 5 miles on the ocean's floor without stopping—can push themselves toward longer distances or a faster pace in Running 201. One-hour sessions get limbs loping twice a week, helping establish a regular fitness routine.