Lake Ridge carries an impressive collection of plants and flowers, as well as brand-name fashion and home-décor accessories. Herbaceous homesteaders can jump-start gardens with mulch ($5.99+/bag) and pregrown vegetables and herbs ($1.99–$11.99) or tour the garden center's assortment of bushes ($19.99–$75.99) and trees ($79.99–$299.99). Fallow flowerbeds can be filled with a cell pack of annuals ($1.99) and perennials ($5.99–$25.99) and green-thumbed gardeners can adorn sun-stained windowsills with hanging baskets ($24.99–$59.99) and strategically placed piles of potting soil ($5.99+/bag).
Counter Intelligence’s expert countertop agents have installed alluring, high-end kitchen surfaces since 1986. Skilled counter connoisseurs can visit homes during free in-home consultations, wielding digital templating equipment to ensure that new countertops fit perfectly into every nook and cranny. Once the complimentary kitchen template is ready, clients may select materials from a factory showroom, deciding on new counters, sinks, faucets, and edging. Grade-A, first-cut granite travels from quarries all over the world, bringing unique colors, patterns, and souvenir postcards, and arrives coated in IntelliGuard to ward off invading spills and stains ($1,995+ for 2 cm. thick slabs & installation in a 10’x10’ kitchen). Homeowners can also opt for nonporous, color-consistent Silestone quartz or more than 60 shades of robust Cambria quartz. After clients finish perusing a variety of undermount sinks, Moen faucets, and complimentary countertop edging, Counter Intelligence will begin its two-day kitchen overhaul.
When assembling their collection of living-room, dining-room, and bedroom furniture, the curators of Warehouse Showrooms turn to independent local factories and Amish craftsmen. They stock their sprawling store with quality pieces made from sustainably lumbered American wood, including solid cherry, oak, and pine. Many of their furnishings can be customized to suit clients' tastes, with various options for wood, finish, and hardware.
Established in 1998, Cornucopia Cruise Line's three ships transport guests along the New York City harbor or the inland waterways along the New Jersey and Staten Island shorelines. Each ship is appointed with uplit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner of surf-and-turf entrees as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 250-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.
Reunions owner Barbara Geyer Watts describes her charming jewelry and gift boutique as "a blend of old and new where the merchandise changes daily." The shop's antiques, milled soaps, knickknacks, and jewelry have earned the patronage of countless loyal customers, as well as a place on Washingtonian magazine’s Best Gift Shops in Washington list.
The shop adorns bodies with one-of-a-kind earrings made from pearls and pewter and gold earrings and bracelets in the shape of hastily tied metal bows. It also inspires decorating creativity with its collection of candles, Waterford crystal, china, and robot butlers. Each purchase can be gift wrapped at no extra charge, and 5% of all sales each October benefit worthy local charities.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
Gallery Lafayette offers customized-framing treatments and original prints, watercolors, and gifts. Using special conservation glass and acid-free mat boards, skilled frame-ologists protect prized photographs and collectibles from the damaging effects of light, humidity, acidity, and Father Time's righteous fists for unblemished wall hanging. The average custom-framing order is around $180—combine two Groupons and frame your favorite oversized obedience-school diploma or Ken Burns–autographed placemat. Inside the gallery, customers will find an assortment of gifts featuring pen-and-ink illustrations of classic Old Town landmarks such as Captain's Row and Gadsby's Tavern. Images are magically transferred onto tote bags ($30), tea towels ($15.95), and more. Snag a set of eight note cards ($12.95) to start a one-man letter-writing campaign to rename the Route 1 IHOP to the William Howard Taft Memorial House of Pancakes.