Each of Merrifield Garden Center’s three locations overflows with thousands of plants throughout the year, encompassing such variety that a reporter for CNN’s Eatocracy claimed “I might as well endorse my paychecks straight to them…because I always want to grow what they've got.” Knowledgeable garden experts, 25 of whom have been with Merrifield for 25 years or more, guide customers through row upon row of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants, or help them sort through an extensive selection of bulbs and seeds. Visitors may also bump into the founders themselves, or their children and other family members, 38 of whom still work at the thriving business that started 40 years ago. Merrifield doesn’t just proliferate plants, however; amenities such as cafes in Gainesville and Merrifield and a dog park in Gainesville make each garden center into a leisure destination as well. Three of its garden gurus run an hourlong TV show that's been going for more than two decades, and other staff publish gardening advice on the website and Facebook. The staff also work to protect the environment with a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. Besides stocking native plants and water-saving devices for their customers, they also compost more than 20,000 tons of soil and 25,000 cubic yards of brush left over from their comprehensive landscaping services every year. The Gainesville location also gathers old concrete, metal appliances, and rusted Optimus Primes for recycling free of charge.
Owned by deft de-stainers boasting more than four decades of combined experience, Merrifield Tailor & Dry Cleaning and Ann's Tailor have been serving the garb-gussying and thread-mending needs of Virginia residents for generations. Extract sloppy stains from a man's dress shirt ($1) or suit ($9), or get suit pants shortened ($12 without lining) in anticipation of this spring’s loafers and lederhosen craze. Adjust the hem of a summer skirt ($16–$25) or bring in the waist on a pair of women's pants ($16–$20) to show off a newly fit frame. Both tailoring shops guarantee all cleaning and sewing work, and unsatisfied customers are invited to drag their duds back to the store within five days for an apologetic re-cleaning or re-fusing.
WiGoClinic – Cell Phone Repair Shop performs a wide assortment of smartphone fixes, including fitting damaged devices with solid new covers, which breathe new life into once unusable technologies. Trained technicians cradle cracked smartphones to soothe them into drowsy Airplane Mode, then gently unhinge shattered covers to clear delicate surfaces for a new protective window. Devices emerge from the phone hospital after roughly an hour with fresh screens that bestow the same functionality as the original factory cover. WiGoClinic also performs water-damage diagnostics, and boasts a high success rate in repairing drowned devices. iPhone repairs typically take less than an hour, and most operations can be performed while customers sit comfortably in WiGoClinic's waiting space, complete with kids' play area.
Football, science, and education have been three of Dr. Armstrong’s leading passions in life. Their confluence led to him to a career in chiropractic where he helps others through their injuries. As a one-time football player, he knows how important it is to help patients with sports-related or traumatic injuries get back to being active and pain free. He also relies on his vast knowledge of human biology—he even taught the subject at the collegiate level—to help patients heal without the use of drugs or surgery. He instead turns to chiropractic care and physical-therapy programs to get his patients up and moving again.
In students' homes or at one of three studios, Ego Music's instructors teach budding musicians to play a range of instruments, including guitar, clarinet, flute, and piano. All instructors have at least 10 years of experience and can teach a range of styles, such as classical, jazz, and rock. Ego Music also rents instruments.
Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates take a two-pronged approach to beauty, with a doctor heading up each branch of the practice. Dr. Shabnam Shahabadi takes a top-down approach on the dermatology side of things, using medicine to combat skin conditions, lasers to turn back the clock on skin damage, and Botox to firm up wrinkles. Dr. Reza Mirali, on the other hand, helps patients make more drastic changes with plastic surgery. His expertise includes rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty, though he also specializes in reconstructive surgery for patients with facial trauma, burns, and disfiguring afflictions.