Taking time to stop and smell the flowers has never paid off better than it does at Seven Oaks Lavender Farm. Co-owned by the mother-daughters team of Edith, Deborah, and Dianne, the farm occupies more than an acre of land and in the summer season is sprinkled with purple lavender and other flowers. Set back from the rustic and perfumed fields, their Lavender Shop houses myriad floral products, many of which are made by the Seven Oaks ladies themselves. Visitors can pick up soaps, jellies, certified-organic teas, and candles that all bear a fragrant, lavender aroma. In addition to its everyday operations, the farm also hosts events that include fall festivals, wreath-making classes, and lessons on using lavender garlands to ward off possessed grandmothers.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
FruitFlowers' adorable edible bouquets partner fresh-picked fruit with sumptuous chocolate. The deluxe dipped tulips and daisies basket includes an extra-large helping of both chocolate-covered and unadorned strawberry tulips offset by perky pineapple daisies with cantaloupe centers and juicy grape accents. The boxed set of 12 strawberries are dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate for a delicious giftable treat. All bouquets are cut at the peak of freshness and ripeness, so the fruit's ready to eat when you bring it to your Thanksgiving party, Thanksgiving office meeting, or fruit-loving loved one's forlorn, fruitless front stoop decorated for Thanksgiving. Order online or by phone, and pick up your yummy arrangement at the Ashburn store or have it delivered for an additional charge (not included in this Groupon).
Brothers and business partners James and Adam Roth fill their store with a cornucopia of curated artisan foods, from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer. A chalkboard outside the shop's modern colonial windows introduces visitors to the featured cheese of the week. As visitors enter, wine racks and displays sprawl before them, cradling more than 500 different bottles from across the world. The shelves of vino lead toward the back of the store, where cases of artisan cheese and meats lie in tantalizing splendor. The selection spans the cheese spectrum. Goat's-milk cheeses give tenderly beneath knives, and the tissue-like bloomy rinds of soft cheese split aromatically. Crimson wax cloaks firm wheels of cheddar studded with mustard seeds or Cajun spices, and the resident cheesemongers also marinate their own sheep-milk feta with herbs. Salami and pâtés beg to flesh out cheese plates along with a weekend selection of crusty bread and pastries. An ever-rotating stock of beers generally includes more than 300 varieties of local and international brews. Tartness leaps from lambics, traditional Belgian beers fermented with wild yeasts and aged in barrels, and dark-roasted malt lends a chocolate hue to Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier crafted in North Carolina. On weekends, the tasting room fills with the chatter of patrons learning to detect grassy notes in samples of wine or guess when a sommelier has been rolling around the in the grass.
Cravings for hard-to-find treats from the UK come here for their just deserts. Classic Cigars and British Goodies boasts rows of indulgent chocolate treats, such as Cadbury Crunchie bars, and flaunts a selection of international beers that can assist any living room in its dreams to become a British pub some day. Cigars encasing tobaccos from the likes of Honduras and the Dominican Republic send olfactory beacons from their boxes within the walk-in humidor, and cigarette lovers who prefer the sweet drag of an import may find just the right blend among the shop’s selection.