Best Thrift works to benefit the community in two ways–by giving shoppers access to high-quality secondhand goods and by helping to support Eggleston Services, a Hampton Roads charity that has been devoted to job placement for the disabled for the past 50 years. Visitors can peruse 32,000 square feet of men's, women's, and children's apparel, as well as sections stocked with specialty items such as Halloween costumes or winter coats. Vintage and modern clothing range from $0.75 to $19.99, with a variety of other items such as tv's, appliances, lighting, toys, linens, and household items.
The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
The Great Big Greenhouse's knowledgeable staff, which includes Virginia-certified horticulturists, doles out plant-care advice to green-thumbed guests while maintaining 3.5 acres of colorful foliage replenished daily. Customers can celebrate autumn's finest fruit by picking a pumpkin ($0.49/lb.) that's great for carving jack-o'-lanterns and filling with Easter eggs, or infuse gardens with the autumnal hues of fall pansies ($15.99/market flat). Visitors can surprise companions with a 3-gallon pot of encore azaleas ($29.99) or a 7-gallon pot of Compacta holly ($29.99). A 3-foot tall Leyland cypress ($29.99) adds lush greenery to lackluster lawns and half-occupied tandem bicycles, and a collection of garden ornaments, statuary, and wind chimes add purpose to vacant plots. Customers can browse the open-air Huguenot-Robious farmer's market every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sample fresh-baked breads, locally grown produce, and wares crafted by local artisans.
No matter what the hour or the day, the florists at Pollard's Florist can be called upon to arrange beautiful bouquets of flowers. That's because the shop keeps staff on hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year because they know that every day is a celebration for someone, and they're here to help make it special. To do this, they keep thousands of roses, exotic blooms, and sprays on hand. They then use their 75 years of experience to mix and match flowers to create something that evokes romance, gratitude, or deepest sympathies. Flowers are arranged in a choice of baskets, vases, or stands to create a ready-to-display centerpiece or a streamlined flower missile to throw at bridesmaids. For last-minute orders, staff can even create and send out arrangements at odd hours to get flowers to loved ones on time.
Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria is Northern Virginia's oldest Fair Trade retailer. Located on upper King Street since 1994, it has become the preferred source for gifts and home decor for many loyal customers in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, DC and beyond.