Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year—such as a salute to the American soldier—and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
For 14 years, Ben Franklin Crafts has dispensed high-quality craft supplies, custom floral products, and personalized framing. Artsy customers can concoct an aesthetically astute masterpiece using Ben Franklin Crafts' vast selection of fabrics (starting at $3.99/yd.), yarns (starting at $1), and beads (starting at $1). Patrons who fawn over flowers will find a plant-filled paradise in the full-service floral department. Nostalgia nuts and amnesiacs alike can produce nifty memory tomes with Ben Franklin's scrapbook materials. With custom framing (starting at $50, depending on frame style and size) and a selection of snazzy picture frames, customers will stylishly commemorate college diplomas and world-record certificates for eating the most muffins in one hour.
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.
After 37 years in business, authorized AT&T retailer, Communications Electronics knows a thing about outfitting its customers with the latest in mobile phone and wireless equipment, accessories, and new smart phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, LG G3, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The company traces its history in the metro region back 37 years, when most homes relied on landlines, and cell phones were heavy bricks likely to start dangerous fires. Through it all, the company rode the wave of up-and-coming technology, earning a loyal and expansive customer base through friendly, knowledgeable service, and frequent package upgrades. Today, the store sells the space-age Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 augmented with accessories such as armor-clad Defender cases, dual-port chargers, and Bluetooth headsets.
At artéé fabrics & home, a customer’s vision for a piece of furniture can truly become a reality. Headed by 20-year industry veteran Arti Bhandari Mehta, the staff can draft, design, and build the customer’s envisioned piece and upholster it with a handpicked fabric. These fabrics—which can also be used to make custom draperies and bedding—are the main attraction at artéé, where wall-to-wall racks are draped with thousands of cottons, chenilles, velvets, mohairs, and linens. They arrange their fabrics by color so that clients can easily find fabrics that fit the color palette with which they are working. The showroom also houses yarn, pillow stuffers, and accessories to complement the rich swatches of fabric on display.
Organic produce, meats, and cheeses are joined by locally made crafts, fresh flowers, and even birdbaths at Grafton Farmer’s Market in Yorktown. Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, farmers sell whatever is in season, be it squash, star fruit, spinach, portobello mushrooms, or loosely fitting “boyfriend jeans.”