PR Training Programs's dedicated coaches ready clients for races with a variety of running regimens. Running 101's 16 endurance-focused jaunts build beginners' running volume until they can scamper over a 5K or 10K finish line. More experienced ambulators—those with a mile time of nine minutes or less, or enough endurance to run 5 miles on the ocean's floor without stopping—can push themselves toward longer distances or a faster pace in Running 201. One-hour sessions get limbs loping twice a week, helping establish a regular fitness routine.
Cloud 9’s sartorial sages drape women in colorful, layered threads from a plethora of brands, creating youthful, vibrant looks that have earned the chain kudos from Baltimore magazine. Sunglasses ($20/pair) join body wrappings such as sturdy coats, strapless wrap dresses, and red satin cinched-waist dresses that eschew sleeves in order to easily display directions home tattooed on biceps. Though offerings vary by location and availability, possibilities include a white ANM tank blooming with rolled-fabric roses ($24) and handmade jewelry forged from colorful stones and metals. Shoppers can enswathe tigress torsos in a leopard-print Free People tank top ($38) or breeze by in a gauzy Tickled Pink scarf shot through with silvery threads ($22) to ward off vampiric combs.
Locally focused, organic, and independently owned are three ways to describe Dawson’s Market. Its groceries range from local produce and meats, sourced within 100 miles of the store, to bakery items that incorporate unbleached flour, organic whole-wheat flour, and natural grains. The wine and beer department specializes in local wine and beers procured from local craft breweries, which staff pair with gourmet, unprocessed domestic and imported cheeses. A trained chef whips up meals daily for the prepared foods section, where customers can grab lunch or dinner while they shop.
A nonprofit community arts center, VisArts fills its studios with amateur artists learning techniques of creative expression, and acts as an exhibition opportunity for seasoned creators. Classes span a wide artistic spectrum, including concentrations such as ceramics and glass, many of which can be specifically tailored for the educational needs of children or resurrected Renaissance men in need of a new hobby. VisArts also enriches the community with a trifecta of galleries—the Kaplan, Gibbs Street, and Common Ground—and a thriving resident-artist program.
America's Beautiful Florist has built itself into a regional institution, delivering fresh, sweet-smelling wedding arrangements, roses, and floral vases throughout the suburban DC area. Professional florists enliven wedding ceremonies and receptions with personal consultations and original designs of bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Anniversary and Valentine's packages spark romance with velvety red roses and silky white tulips, while birthday and “get well” arrangements awaken warm feelings with collections of sunny yellow roses, sprays of daisies, and extra doses of cures for the common cold.
The racks in Red Hue Boutique's contemporary shop feature carefully curated items that combine retro silhouettes and details with modern designs. While shoppers may recognize some popular brands such as ark & co., Dear Creatures, and Dolce Vita, much of the shop's stock sports the tag of Red Hue's signature line. Each Red Hue garment is hand cut and assembled in the designer Silvia Huezo's home country of El Salvador, in a sweatshop-free working environment.
The friendly staffers at iFurnish's family-owned showroom outfit abodes with name-brand wood, leather, and upholstered furniture. Contemporary and classic sofas join ottomans to fill living rooms, and dining rooms host tables sturdy enough to handle Thanksgiving's traditional anvil-eating contests. Several plush and memory-foam mattresses provide solid support for sleeping or jumping, and a wide array of home accessories, from lamps to wool rugs, decorates any room. Color whippersnappers’ chambers with kids' furniture such as bunk beds, desks, and dressers that easily conceal escape tunnels leading to the pantry.