Edible Arrangements’ fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The sweetener-free, preservative-free baskets are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring that deliveries arrive at the apex of freshness. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with Edible Arrangement's selection of singular gifts, such as A Little Special Expression ($24), the faux-floral vase of Simply Daisies ($52), or the boxed 30-some of decadent fruit truffles ($39). On Valentine’s Day or any day, an edible arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
Kidz Zoom stands as a testament to the dreams of Karen Snead, a mother who worked passionately to erect the kid-friendly inflatable play place. Her daughter, Rashida Traywick, now takes charge of the open space, which houses inflated playscapes on which children cavort and decide just how many bags of candy belong in a 401(k). The yielding, bouncy structures beckon all manner of jumping and sliding, and a massive, inflatable throne can backdrop whimsical photos. A party room, where young ones might enjoy cake and pizza, can grant a reprieve between bouts of bouncing. Meanwhile, a toddler area is framed by a welcoming inflatable bunny and themed with inflatable snails and large mushroom caps.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Like any young member of a family, dogs crave attention and sometimes need supervision. The folks at Pets at Play put together a doggy day care center to keep pooches ensconced in affection while owners go about the necessities of life. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., they host hounds for play and naps while soothing music plays. They also board dogs over night in the event that families leave on a pet-free vacation. Owners can arrange for their canine companions to receive grooming treatments or behavioral training while in attendance. Pets at Play's crew also travels, making the same services available in the privacy of home for those who can't make it to the daycare center or fear that their dog might be the kid who spends all day sniffing others' inappropriately.
TECHEAD'S expert instructors are committed to training individuals on Adobe software, with each class kept small (five to eight students) to ensure that students get one-on-one attention. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS4's image-editing software, polish your PDF-reading skills in Adobe Acrobat 9.0: Introduction, or familiarize yourself with cross-media design in Interactive InDesign CS5. While you don't have to be a computer whiz to take these classes, TECHEAD asks that you have a basic understanding of a computer's operating system and how to perform such tasks as launching an application, copying files from CDs and other media, and creating and saving files—more advanced classes may have additional prerequisites. Be sure to check the class descriptions and the upcoming schedule.
These Four Walls specializes in unique, quirky home goods fashioned by craftspeople around the world and the greater Richmond community. Husband-and-wife owners Hank and Angie travel to locales as disparate as Peru and Narnia to find eclectic, often organic or recycled furnishings, accent pieces, and objets d'art. Wash your hands with Row House Soap ($5) made by local artisans and dry them on a decorative towel ($10.50), all the while being silently serenaded by a musician statuette ($14) fashioned from nuts and bolts. Whimsical metal cows ($25) enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of scented Trapp candles ($30). Even crafty tots can get in on the action, ogling a fanciful array of toys including the miniature monster-footed stilts ($10.50), manufactured with no harm to monsters, ogres, and/or bogeymen.