Ocean Art's framers trim mats with a computerized cutter and mount art with a vacuum press, all in the name of precision and preservation. When crafting the frame, they use a pneumatic frame joiner for fast assembly, making same-day turnaround possible. They keep more than 1,000 frame samples and a wide variety of mat designs on hand to assist customers in selecting a frame for their portraits and small 3-D objects, such as RNA molecules. To ensure the longevity of the piece, the crew only uses conservation-quality and eco-friendly materials. Ocean Art commissions artists to create unique items just for the shop, and maintains an inventory of local art and poster prints to help clients decorate their homes, underground lairs, and offices. In an effort to make that as easy as possible, staffers can deliver and install any artwork purchased from the store.
$30 for lawn-aeration services for up to a quarter acre (a $65 value)
$59 for lawn-aeration services for up to a half acre (a $130 value)
Landscapers use a power core plug aerator to make tiny holes in dense soil, allowing oxygen, water, fertilizers, and other vital nutrients to access plant roots with greater ease. The process also helps break up thatch and loosen tight soil so that root systems can thrive.
Designed to grant car owners access to exceptional maintenance while introducing them to new, reliable area businesses, the 757 VIP Card arms holders with more than $700 worth of vehicular services, none of which will ever expire. A series of seven oil changes performed by ASE-certified technicians include the draining of spent fluids, the funneling in of up to 5 quarts of clean oil, and the installation of a protective new filter, all of which keep engines humming like a forgetful Broadway singer. The card also treats cars to their next three Virginia-state inspections along with two tire rotations to rectify wobbly wheels. With the 757 VIP Card, car owners also earn supplementary discounts on services such as tune-ups, brake jobs, and tire work.
Founded by a former Broadway costume stitcher who's traveled around Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand, The Bead Goes On features the same sparkling strands found across Asia. If you're already a skilled stringer, you'll be able to stock up on silver, resin, wood, bone, ceramic, and semi-precious stone beads in addition to buttons and spacers. Pricing varies: handmade Thai Hill Tribe beads from the Karen Hill Tribe in Northern Thailand range from $1.75/gram to $3.05/gram, and beads made in Nepal and Israel range from $2.50/gram to $3.90/gram. Brighten collarbones with an intricately designed and infinitely mind-boggling Nepalese endless brass knot bead, or beautify ears and antennas with scarab wing earrings ($28) from The Bead Goes On's collection of exotic bug jewelry. To learn before you leap, opt for the beginner beading class. One of The Bead Goes On's patient staff members will enthusiastically instruct you on beading basics, such as knot-tying, bracelet-finishing, and how to restrain would-be robbers with shell-encrusted handcuffs.
An AT&T authorized retailer, The Wireless Experience is a mobile-phone shop stocked with name-brand phones such as LG, Motorola, and HTC, gadgets, and a slew of talk, text, and data plans. Accessorize modern soup cans with protective gear such as the iPhone 4 Gadget Guard screen protector ($24.99), which safeguards against dings and scratches, or the SanDisk 8GB micro SD memory kit ($49.99), which guarantees phones won’t forget acts of human kindness during the impending technology uprising. The Jabra Cruiser2 Bluetooth speaker ($99.99) connects phones to in-car speakers, enabling hands-free phone conversations for safe transport of technology and anthropoids. Thumbs race across smartphones, such as the LG Quantum ($49.99 with a two-year contract)—equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera and mobile email compatible with Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, or Windows Live—and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 ($29.99 with a two-year contract)—armed with WiFi support and a music player that syncs with iTunes.