Patrick's Hardware has stocked toolbelts and tool boxes with a variety of hardware needs since 1895, drawing from a stock of more than 65,000 items. A variety of handsaws ($6.27–$23.90) cut through wooden planks and frozen turkeys, which can be carved into presidential silhouettes with a Mintcraft chisel with a safety grip ($14.65). Lawn-care and outdoor-living tools make wilderness maintenance easier, and farm supplies keep cows and crops happy. Prepare a room for a new family addition with an emotional heart-to-heart or a panoply of paints, such as Valspar flat wall latex paint ($12.59/qt.). A plethora of nails, screws, and bolts await purchase in the shop's bulk inventory, allowing buyers to select the exact size and quantity they need. Patrick's Hardware also hosts a full-service glass shop, which supplies mirrors, tabletops, insulated glass, and more for residential or commercial remodeling.
At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
Virginia Beach Cornhole brings the classic challenge of chucking a corn-filled bag through a hole in a tilted game board to the seaside. Its waterfront shops stock an array of regulation-sized boards, with both painted and unfinished options, which patrons can rent or purchase. Like the bed pillows of most chickens, Virginia Beach Cornhole’s bags are packed with a pound of corn each, and are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors. For friendly competition, players can chuck bags in one of the company’s contests, hosted weekly throughout the summer and sporadically in winter months.
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.
The green-thumbed guides at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses help shoppers navigate 20 acres of potted flowers and a treasure trove of gardeny gift items, earning kudos such as the Virginian-Pilot’s 2010 Best of Chesapeake Gold Award. Hardy shrubs ($25–$30 for 3-gal. container) lure landscapers with the come-hither shake of verdant leaves, and colorful blossoms on florist-quality chrysanthemums prepare for debuts in homes, bouquets, or fashionable parade floats. Daisy-like ice plants can lend their edible leaves to salads, and sweet-smelling gardenia perennials may banish outdoor odors with their tropical fragrance. In addition to peddling plants, the garden center doubles as a gift shop, stocking Vera Bradley beach towels ($30), Yankee Candle votives ($30 for a 22 oz. jar of two), and seasonal items such as Christmas poinsettias and Pi Day pumpkins.
Sunbeams spill through the windows at MeTime Personal Saunas, making tall, green grasses sprout from the planters that line an exposed-brick wall. Down the hall, six personal saunas draw inspiration from these rays to help humans cultivate wellness. Each sauna emanates far-infrared heat, which penetrates the skin to boost circulation, jump-start the immune system, and extract toxins such as mercury and lead. By summoning sweat, the warmth may also help the body shed calories and expired skin cells. Unlike ultraviolet rays, far-infrared beams warm the body uniformly, without burning the skin. To make stress evaporate, each sauna comes with an MP3-friendly audio system, which can fill the space with the soothing sounds of string quartets, ocean waves, or beatboxing seagulls. LED lights help lift gloomy moods with a choice of seven hues, from calming turquoise to energizing red. After marinating in the therapeutic heat, sauna-goers may rehydrate with complimentary bottled water, whisk away sweat with oshibori-style towels, or peruse the spa’s selection of organic skincare and nutrition products.