The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets that combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes ($35) that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress. Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
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.
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.
Monticello Shoes has carved a fiercely stylish reputation among foot owners as a sublimely stylish boutique with the functionality of a ballet flat. Handmade in Brazil, Monticello's signature foot boats use top-quality materials such as kidskin lining and natural leather soles, coupled with foot-friendly features such as double-comfort padding to create a seamless merging of form and function. Showing their dedication to newly hatching styles and trends, Monticello's vibrant 2010 Spring/Summer line ($109.95–$157.95) will ensure your toes' social status as the cool kids on the playground. Foot containers such as the Cynthia ($114.95) are perfect for any occasion, while the butterflied Mariah ($209.95), are glitterly adorned with authentic Swarovski Crystals for the spiffiest of outings. Stylish gentlemen looking for an attractive alternative to unsightly orthopedic options should keep an eye out for the Impactjel Double Shock Absorbers feature available on certain men's shoes.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.