These Four Walls specializes in unique, quirky home goods fashioned by craftspeople around the world and the greater Richmond community. Husband-and-wife owners Hank and Angie travel to locales as disparate as Peru and Narnia to find eclectic, often organic or recycled furnishings, accent pieces, and objets d'art. Wash your hands with Row House Soap ($5) made by local artisans and dry them on a decorative towel ($10.50), all the while being silently serenaded by a musician statuette ($14) fashioned from nuts and bolts. Whimsical metal cows ($25) enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of scented Trapp candles ($30). Even crafty tots can get in on the action, ogling a fanciful array of toys including the miniature monster-footed stilts ($10.50), manufactured with no harm to monsters, ogres, and/or bogeymen.
A beacon of global, ecological, and culinary change, Farm to Family provides local farmers and their customers with a simple, more sustainable means of transporting food from source to stomach. Because of the market's communal roots, the staff is able to keep a keen, green thumb on what's seasonally fresh, what's regionally rich, and what's soon to be needed for noshing, carving, and squashing. The seasonal selection currently includes succulent yellow squash and zucchinis ($1.89/lb.), sweet potatoes ($1.69), and most everything else that can be harvested within the region, including unmodified, unexpressive proto-jack-o-lanterns ($1–$15, ranging from mini to giant and fancy pumpkins). To see a complete list of what's sprouting up in the market, feel free to check out the weekly selection online.
Strawberry Fields invites fresh, artfully attired seasonal flowers to its bounteous bouquets. Prospective decorators may select one of the shop’s signature styles and then work with veteran petal primpers to design a one-of-a-kind composition of colors and aromas. A splash of roses in a day brightener ($40+) buoys spirits more gracefully than a squad of professional cheerleaders, and signature arrangements ($50+) overflow with an array of warm hues and mingling fragrances. For a touch of greenery or to expand scale recreations of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, customers can craft a proper plant arrangement ($35+). All prices vary based on the type and number of flowers.
Fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on spring and summer fashions so you don't sport unflattering parka-shaped tan lines. Attract admiring looks with a lace back embroidered top ($48) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of leather, double-buckle flats ($24) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking one shoulder ruffle button dress ($88) will give you the power to turn the heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed. Fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous getups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.
Richmond Fencing Club has molded budding fencers since JFK was president and humankind had just turned its eyes to the moon. Today, three instructors—each with their own titles from the Virginia Division Championships—helm the educational efforts, overseeing a program that educates students as young as 6 in the foot- and bladework required to wield a fencing foil competitively.
They teach in a no-nonsense facility, its cinderblock walls decorated only with pegs to hang fencing equipment, its smooth hardwood floors interrupted only by well-worn fencing lanes. The fencing-dedicated space keeps elaborately uniformed students cool with central air conditioning instead of replacing helmets with ice buckets like lesser establishments.
Ensconced in the tranquil atmosphere of Spa310, licensed master-level stylists and aestheticians dedicate themselves to improving the appearance of their clients' skin and hair. More than 15 facials and peels can be customized to address different skin concerns. Meanwhile, an array of massage modalities provide different ways for the steady hands of licensed massage therapists to knead tension out of muscles. Spa310's experts also make use of the Cynosure Apogee Elite laser, which can address skin conditions ranging from unwanted hair to rosacea.