At SJ Koch Electric Boats, eager land-lubbers steer themselves along Spa Creek and National Harbor in an easy-to-steer luxury party-boat. On each voluptuous vessel, seafarers have access to a 70-quart ice chest, wine cooler, and refrigerator capable of holding the brewed booty of up to 10 spirited pirates. Other amenities on the heated and enclosed private floating paradise include a bathroom and a four-speaker stereo system complete with a radio, CD player, and iPod hookup. Piloting the electric and eco-friendly craft is breezy for first-timers and veteran captains alike, with most tourgoers likening the steering experience to driving a golf cart. Without the noise, smells, and vibrations of gas engines, the smooth ship also allows guests to coast quietly and stealthily past nearby waterfront shops and restaurants
Verdigris Antiques & Interiors sells high-quality antiques and vintage decorations from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Packed inside a converted row house in Old Town, Verdigris lets antiquers and vintage votaries hunt through aisles of treasures like great apes hunting for tree trunks where they can hang their hats. Look for a bargain among the wide array of items under $80, such as a set of six vintage Florentine barware glasses for $68 or a black glass dresser box from the 1930s for $55. If the thought of so much merchandise to sort through sounds overwhelming, peruse the online inventory, which showcases more expensive collector's items such as a 1960s mod Italian plastic dome table lamp ($275), a pair of late-19th-century Victorian slipper chairs ($450), and a midcentury tete-a-tete garden bench ($985).
Marlon J. Love, the visionary artist behind M.J. Love Photography, is all about love, whether it be his wife, his craft, or the vibrant cities from which he draws inspiration. A sketch artist and photographer from an early age, Marlon finally let his talents see the light when he decided to make photography his trade. The Brooklyn native hasn’t looked back since, mainly because he’s been busy photographing weddings, family portraits, and events. Marlon strives to capture his subjects’ true emotions in each photograph, which led him to develop a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which includes a complimentary reshoot or a full refund.
The shutter-snapping staff at Hut Photos trains studio lights, technical know-how, and creative impulses on subjects to reveal inner and outer beauty. Adept eyes capture every moment throughout weddings and facilitate tastefully sultry boudoir sessions to highlight inner allure. Flash-popping fiestas also help aspiring models to build their portfolios, and craft poignant portraits ideal for hanging in family rooms or wearing on the back of the head to confuse mischievous children. Shoots take place in Union 206 Studio's expansive, climate-controlled space, complete with a private room for wardrobe changes and makeup.
Frame of Mine's experienced staffers are masters of preserving frame-worthy items behind protective barriers of glass. The framers—many of whom sport prettily framed degrees in art—are able to frame nearly anything, from family portraits and graduation-day tickets to unsuspecting pets. Capture a mug shot in an 8"x10" frame ($87), or encase an heirloom mirror inside a 16"x20" option ($150). Custom frames include matting and glass, and do-it-yourself framing is available at lower prices.
Things changed for Cecelia Jackson in 1996. She started looking at the world through her camera lens, and subsequently opened Cecelia Jackson Photography. Today, Cecelia's namesake studio continues to capture images of engaged couples, new mothers, and other photo subjects. Cecelia Jackson Photography also shoots special events such as weddings, conferences, and the spontaneous weddings that often break out at conferences.