Experienced artist and framer Sara Minarik helps to conserve cherished photos and apprized accolades from the quality-diminishing effects of the world with custom frames cradling museum-quality materials. Memento memorializers can submit their souvenirs to Applegate's talented picture-preservers and rest assured that all pop-art posters, beloved sports memorabilia, and original recipes for raisins will be returned in a framed shield of see-through body armor that flatters as much as it protects. Though project rates vary as much as their framed-in contents, a complete 5"x7" frame with acid-free matting and UV-filtering glass usually starts at around $100. Patrons can customize keepsakes by choosing their favorite materials from a selection of more than 1,500 frames and more than 1,200 matting options. All framing services are completed in Applegate's store.
Since 1994, stationery visionary Heidi Kallett has helmed The Dandelion Patch, stocking its shelves with writing-related goods and thoughtful gifts. The shop, which has been named Best Stationer by Northern Virginia Magazine and Best of the Best by the Washingtonian, helps shoppers to tote belongings to and fro with paisley Vera Bradley bags and improve the aroma of homes with delicate candles. Heidi and her staff can engrave or monogram stationery and invitations that celebrate the birth of a baby or the ability to memorize addresses. The Dandelion Patch’s events include writing workshops—which teach young writers to master the art of the thank-you note—children’s etiquette classes, and wedding-etiquette teas.
MyDVDTransfer.com brings fuzzy family videos, photos, and other mementos into the modern era with tape cleaning and restoration, tape-to-digital transfer, and archival and editing services. Drop off your VHS tapes, Beta cassettes, photos, vinyl records, and Super 8 footage at one of the company's convenient pick-up/drop-off locations, where clerks carefully ship your memories to professional media specialists. Technicians transform faded photographs and static-filled VHS tapes into DVDs with customized labels and menus, or store them in resilient archives, preserving family history for generations to come.
More than 200 wines from more than 20 Virginian wineries flow freely into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests nibble artisanal snacks at the Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival. A schedule of vivacious bands plays tunes up on the main stage and chefs perform demonstrations, adding pleasing smells and sounds to the overall atmosphere. As kids romp around a children's activity area, adults can learn about tasty wine and food pairings or explore the Reston Town Center on their own terms.