When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.
Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
The certified laser aestheticians at Laser Smooth Solutions use an FDA-approved Candela GentleYAG laser to remove unwanted hair from all areas of the body. They also wield lasers to tighten skin, creating more youthful appearances. Alternatively, state-licensed aestheticians administer facials, which use Dermalogica products to purify and cleanse. Regardless of the chosen treatment, visits always begin with a confidential consultation.
The stylists, nail technicians, and massage pros at Annie Salon and Spa perform beauty treatments in a cheerful, upbeat environment. In the salon area, wood floors, black leather chairs, and bright-green walls act as a backdrop to transformative hair services. Warm, red walls create a welcoming vibe in the pedicure room, which features cushioned thrones, soaking tubs, and free-range oxygen.
At Relax Center Massage they take the time to really pamper the skin. Alongside their signature Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy massages, the team exfoliates dead skin cells with body scrubs. They can also add pure essential oils—which come in a rainbow of fragrances, such as lemon, cypress, grapefruit, and black pepper—to any of their massages. These additive-free oils not only soften the skin; they can augment the therapeutic benefits of the massage by soothing headaches, drawing out toxins, or toning cellulite.