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.
Whether tending to a lime-green Lamborghini Murciélago, a sleek Harley Davidson, or a family minivan, the technicians at Metropolitan Auto Detailing begin each scrub down the same way: with a 55-point inspection. Based on their assessment, the techs send their microfiber chamois on search-and-destroy missions that eradicate dirt through basic exterior hand washes or detailed shampoo and clay-bar treatments. They break out the vacuums and machine polishers as drivers take in TV and Wi-Fi in the waiting room, or pack up their gear and sojourn to homes, saving cars the trouble of climbing out of their owners’ bed.
But the crew's cleanliness mission doesn't stop at bumpers and wheel wells; they keep an eye on the local water supply by mainly using biodegradable cleansers and products from Griot's Garage, Meguiar's, and 3M that eschew the silicones and petroleum distillates of other cleaners.
Ultrazone Laser Tag might be familiar to fans of The Real World, whose cast members—fed up with drama—blew off steam by ducking colorful laser beams in the sprawling multilevel arena's fog-filled maze. There's enough space for 45 vest-clad players to face off at one time, and plasma monitors let the next wave watch the game as they eagerly await their turn. The expansive recreation center also hosts sleepover parties that grant exclusive overnight use of the laser-tag facilities, the plasma-screen theater, and the room that's inexplicably full of doorknobs. Outside the arena, an arcade keeps synapses ablaze with video games, air hockey, and golf simulators, supplemented with slices of Papa John's pizza from the cafe.
The staff at Fashion Time hold time itself in their hands, in the form of their store’s collection of eye-catching watches. At locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, they pair customers’ wrists with low- and high-end watches from name-brand designers, such as Edifice, Kimio, Seiko, and Citizen. Customers can also peruse the store’s inventory on its comprehensive website, with shipping available nationwide. Already-purchased watches can be registered online through an easy submission form or a more difficult smoke-signal pattern.