Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Richmond Fencing Club has molded budding fencers since JFK was president and humankind had just turned its eyes to the moon. Today, three instructors—each with their own titles from the Virginia Division Championships—helm the educational efforts, overseeing a program that educates students as young as 6 in the foot- and bladework required to wield a fencing foil competitively.
They teach in a no-nonsense facility, its cinderblock walls decorated only with pegs to hang fencing equipment, its smooth hardwood floors interrupted only by well-worn fencing lanes. The fencing-dedicated space keeps elaborately uniformed students cool with central air conditioning instead of replacing helmets with ice buckets like lesser establishments.
Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
Ensconced in the tranquil atmosphere of Spa310, licensed master-level stylists and aestheticians dedicate themselves to improving the appearance of their clients' skin and hair. More than 15 facials and peels can be customized to address different skin concerns. Meanwhile, an array of massage modalities provide different ways for the steady hands of licensed massage therapists to knead tension out of muscles. Spa310's experts also make use of the Cynosure Apogee Elite laser, which can address skin conditions ranging from unwanted hair to rosacea.
Cross Creek Nursery helps shoppers spruce up gardens of all shapes and sizes with 10 acres’ worth of locally grown plants, trees, and garden décor. Three-gallon shrubs ($18.95) present a plethora of landscaping opportunities, and locally grown perennials ($6.49) provide dependable stability for backyards struggling with trust issues. Twenty-five-pound bags of Kentucky 31 grass seed ($39.95) or one-yard slices of sod ($4.95 each) create a lush swath of lawn for bare feet. Meanwhile, truckloads of mulch ($28/yd.) provide a soft basis for flowerbeds or serve as a handy alternative to living-room carpeting. Hostas ($8–$12), mums ($7–$20), and pansies ($3.49) infuse gardens and porches with splashes of color and provide a scenic backdrop for stone figures ($20+) depicting animals and Nobel laureates. A team of experienced horticulturists stands by to answer questions and polish faded green thumbs.