An AT&T authorized retailer, The Wireless Experience is a mobile-phone shop stocked with name-brand phones such as LG, Motorola, and HTC, gadgets, and a slew of talk, text, and data plans. Accessorize modern soup cans with protective gear such as the iPhone 4 Gadget Guard screen protector ($24.99), which safeguards against dings and scratches, or the SanDisk 8GB micro SD memory kit ($49.99), which guarantees phones won’t forget acts of human kindness during the impending technology uprising. The Jabra Cruiser2 Bluetooth speaker ($99.99) connects phones to in-car speakers, enabling hands-free phone conversations for safe transport of technology and anthropoids. Thumbs race across smartphones, such as the LG Quantum ($49.99 with a two-year contract)—equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera and mobile email compatible with Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, or Windows Live—and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 ($29.99 with a two-year contract)—armed with WiFi support and a music player that syncs with iTunes.
Best Thrift works to benefit the community in two ways–by giving shoppers access to high-quality secondhand goods and by helping to support Eggleston Services, a Hampton Roads charity that has been devoted to job placement for the disabled for the past 50 years. Visitors can peruse 32,000 square feet of men's, women's, and children's apparel, as well as sections stocked with specialty items such as Halloween costumes or winter coats. Vintage and modern clothing range from $0.75 to $19.99, with a variety of other items such as tv's, appliances, lighting, toys, linens, and household items.
Whether they're living legends or heroes of ages past, Virginia's many athletic icons get their due in this monument to greatness. Visitors can get the skinny on all of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame's inductees from their multimedia displays, while the rest of museum pays testament to the commonwealth's athletic history, hometown teams, and the joy of playing sports.
Designer Consignment gives new and slightly worn designer and vintage clothing, handbags, and accessories a second chance in the limelight. The shop only accepts items that are new or gently worn and in good condition, with brands such as Prada, Gucci, Juicy Couture, and Armani filling the shelves (designer items are generally $19.99–$24.99). Customers can expect high-quality apparel, instead of the pie-stained clown uniforms and uncharged power suits available at many secondhand outlets. The average shirt or blouse is usually $12.99, and skirts and pants average out at $14.99. Costume, vintage, and designer jewelry glitters around the store, attracting stylish magpies, and shoes are displayed lovingly in large cabinets and on bookshelves, giving the store a vibe as personal and novel as the items sold therein.
Boasting 92 years of retail refinement, Baker’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts adorns appendages with graceful accessories. Properly mark an anniversary or a finally passed emissions test with three intertwining strands of luminous white spheres, formed when popcorn kernels get wedged in a mollusk’s teeth . Baker’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts staff of GIA-certified gemologists helped the trinket treasure trove win the Virginian-Pilot's 2010 Best of Hampton Roads award for Best Fine Jewelry in Norfolk.
Jody G outfits humans and mannequins with contemporary, high-end threads and baubles. The ever-changing stock, like a shoebox filled with baking soda, keeps closets fresh; recent offerings include stylish separates and modern dresses from Bailey 44 ($49+). Vintage looks get a jolt of contemporary influence in Sanctuary's line, draping figures in cozy sweaters and trim trousers in eye-catching colors ($86+). An air of eclectic Bohemia permeates the breezy and bold sweaters, jackets, and dresses from Joie ($108+), its garments affecting a modern panache. Meanwhile, brand names such as Rebecca Taylor, Halston Heritage, and Genetic Denim can balance out faces tattooed with Minor League Baseball logos.