Virginia Stores and Shopping

$22 for $40 Worth of Pro and College Sports Memorabilia, Decor, and Games at 1st Down Sports Inc

1st Down Sports Inc

Downtown Norfolk

$40 $22

Licensed gear, games, and memorabilia from professional and college teams, including the Redskins, Nationals, and Virginia Tech

$75 for Complete Tuxedo Rental at Miguel's Custom Clothiers & Formal Wear ($190 Value)

Miguel's Custom Clothiers & Formal Wear

Chesapeake

$190 $75

Rental includes jacket, pants, shirt, necktie, and a vest or cummerbund

12-Month Subscription to Tea of the Month Club or $8 for $15 Worth of Loose-Leaf Tea at Carytown Teas

Carytown Teas

Carytown

$15 $8

Organic and fair-trade loose-leaf teas blended by a trained Parisian tea blender; club members receive 2–3 ounces of three teas each month

Flowers at Pollard's Florist (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pollard's Florist

Newport News

$50 $25

Staff arranges beautiful, fresh flowers for numerous occasions or just to have around the house, as well as wedding flowers

Premium Cigar Packages at Cigar Palace (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Cigar Palace

Landmark - Van Dorn

$30 $15

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Smoking lounge with a flat-screen TV welcomes customers as they choose from premium cigar brands such as Oliva, Bundle, and Nub & Cain

$15 for $30 Worth of Home-Improvement Supplies at Ace Hardware. 5 Locations Available.

Ace Hardware

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Wide selection of tools, hardware, lawn and garden items, paint, electrical and plumbing supplies, and housewares at family-owned store

$10 for $20 Worth of New and Gently Used Sports Equipment at Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

Cave Spring

$20 $10

Fitness gear, tennis rackets, and lacrosse equipment amid an organized stash of new and gently used sports equipment at locally owned store

$17 for $35 Toward Repairs for iPhone or iPad or Mac Check-Up at Shiny Computers

Shiny Computers

Portsmouth

$35 $17

Replace screens, fix buttons, swap batteries, install faceplates on an iPhone 4 and up or iPad; check-up on software and cleaning on Macs

Vacuum Tuneup or $149 for $300 Worth of Vacuums, Air Purifiers, and Equipment at Oreck Factory Outlets

Oreck Factory Outlets

Multiple Locations

$69.99 $29.99

A respected, long-lasting brand purifies hardwood, carpets, and airspace with lightweight yet powerful devices

Watches, Watch Batteries or Watch Repair at Fashion Time (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

Fashion Time

Multiple Locations

$13 $6

Attractive timepieces for men or women and expert battery replacement and watch repair at locations inside Maryland and Virginia malls

Watches, Watch Batteries or Watch Repair at Fashion Time (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

Fashion Time

Multiple Locations

$13 $6

Attractive timepieces for men or women and expert battery replacement and watch repair at locations inside Maryland and Virginia malls

BYOB Glass Art Making Event at The Glass Palette (Up to 46% Off)

The Glass Palette

North Downtown

$72 $39

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Bring a favorite beverage and set your creativity free, making a set of four original glass coasters with help from experienced instructors

$16 for $32 Groupon — A&X Creative Books

A&x Creative Books

Roxboro

$32 $16

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$29 for a 2014 Wine Club Membership for Two with the Virginia Wine Pass ($59 Value)

Virginia Wine Pass

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

Wine club members enjoy discounts on wine tastings, wine purchases, special events, and winery tours

Jewelry, Watches, and Gifts at Dalestone Jewelry Collection (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Dalestone Jewelry Collection

Lake Ridge

$50 $25

Shoppers can find a variety of gold and silver earrings, watches, pendants, necklaces, and rings, including engagement and wedding rings

$24 for $50 Worth of Women's Clothing — Auntie TE's Consignment Boutique

Auntie Te's Boutique

Annandale

$50 $24

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for $20 Worth of Used Books, CDs, and DVDs at Books, Beads & More

Books, Beads & More

Mechanicsville

$20 $10

In addition to affordable used CDs and DVDs, the store's selection includes books, such as paperback fiction for teens and adults

$22 for $40 Worth of Skincare — Juliana

Juliana

Berryville

$40 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Vacuum Tuneup for Any Make or Model or $100 for $200 Worth of Vacuums, Air Purifiers, and Equipment at Local Oreck Store

Oreck Factory Outlets

Fredericksburg

$70 $29.99

Respected vacuum maker offers easy-to-use, lightweight, powerful, and durable vacuums and other cleaning tools for every room in the house

Women's Handbags, Fashion Accessories, and Jewelry at Gotta Strut Boutique (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Gotta Strut Boutique

Woodbridge

$40 $20

Fashion-forward women can shop for stylish handbags, accessories, and jewelry in a boutique with a varied and colorful selection

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, or King Serta 8-Inch Memory-Foam Mattress at Mattress Savvy (Up to 72% Off)

Mattress Savvy

Matoaca

$900 $279

The foam core provides support and reduces pressure better than traditional springs, while the memory foam layer contours to bodies

$38 for $69 Groupon — Travelers Rest Farm

Travelers Rest Farm

Newtown

$69 $38

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Secondhand Goods at Second Chance Thrift (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Second Chance Thrift

Northwest Virginia Beach

$10 $5

Shoppers browse through gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, and furniture; portion of proceeds benefits the Virginia Beach SPCA

Gently Used Clothing and Furniture at Hope House Foundation Thrift Shop (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Hope House Foundation Thrift Shop

Norfolk

$25 $12

Shop a variety of gently used merchandise, including vintage and designer pieces; profits support people with developmental disabilities

Specialty Clothing and Accessories at J & S Specialty Shop (50% Off). Two Options Available.

J & S Specialty Shop

Chesapeake

$30 $15

Specialty shop stocks everything from women's dresses to hats and accessories for men, such as bow ties and ties

$36 for $65 Worth of Jewelry — Unique Designs by Joy

Unique Designs By Joy

Richmond

$65 $36

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$12 for $25 Worth of Kids' Clothing — This Little Piggie

This Little Piggie

Smithfield

$25 $12

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Custom-Tailored Men's Shirts and Suits from Aspetto (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

Aspetto

Alexandria

$180 $69

Tailors hand stitch custom suits and shirts from hundreds of available fabrics, and add details such as silk lining for no added cost

$79 for $175 Worth of Boat Storage — Bell Isle Marina

Bellisle Marina

Hampton

$175 $79

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

E-Cigarette Starter Kit or E-Liquid from KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette (52% Off)

KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette

Online Deal

$48 $23

Stop smoking with the help of e-liquids and e-cigarette starter kits, which come with a rechargeable battery and carrying case

$11 for $20 Worth of Jewelry and Accessories at I AM

I AM

Tysons Central 123

$20 $11

On-trend pendants, rings, scarves, and wallets, many of which boast the shop's own YSTRDY label

Beads and Jewelry at Bead Artist Emporium (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bead Artist Emporium

Leesburg

$50 $25

Clients create their own jewelry pieces or adorn themselves with ready-made bracelets, necklaces, and rings

$15 for $30 Worth of Comics at Collector's World

Collector's World

Annandale

$30 $15

New comics such as The Walking Dead and Wolverine; vintage comics such as Superman and The Amazing Spiderman

$17 for $30 Groupon — One Stop Wireless

One Stop Wireless

Winchester

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Women's Clothing and Accessories at Rebellion Fashion (50% Off)

Rebellion Fashion

Fredericksburg

$10 $5

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 for $30 Worth of RV Parts & Accessories— Chesapeake RV Solutions

Chesapeake Rv Solutions

Chesapeake

$30 $15

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$26 for $40 Worth of Lingerie — Fabtagious_ lingerie_boutique

Fabtagious Boutique

Richmond

$40 $26

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Handmade Jewelry at AdAl Jewelry Designs (50% Off). Two Options Available.

AdAl Jewelry Designs

Fredericksburg

$20 $10

Ready-made and custom-designed pieces available, including colorful seed-bead earrings, textured cuffs, and braided statement necklaces

$55 for $100 Worth of Makeup — Sparkle makeup artist

Sparkle Makeup Artist

Richmond

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for $20 Worth of Gently Used Household and Building Supplies at Richmond Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Richmond Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Richmond

$20 $10

Granite countertops, furniture, and other household supplies selling for up to 90% off their retail price

E-Cigarette Kits and Accessories from Vapor4Life.com (Up to 55% Off). Choose from Three Options.

Vapor4Life.com

Online Deal

$30 $15

Vapor4Life.com stocks a vast array of e-cigarette starter kits, flavors, refillables, batteries, chargers, and more

One- or Two-Year Print Subscription to “The Washingtonian” (Up to 53% Off)

The Washingtonian

Online Deal

$29.95 $14

Widely read city magazine covers diverse topics ranging from style, nightlife, restaurants, and doctors to local and national politics

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For Jody?the namesake of Jody's Gourmet Popcorn?a kernel of popcorn is far more romantic than a red rose. In college, she would walk the streets of Chicago with her future husband, Alan, while they both nibbled caramel corn. The treat even played a role in their marriage: Alan hid Jody's engagement ring inside the prize envelope of a Cracker Jack box, which usually only contain platonic watchbands. So it was only natural that, upon moving to Virginia Beach and discovering a dearth of good caramel corn, Jody took matters into her own hands?or more specifically, her own garage. There, she and Alan started popping corn in pursuit of the ideal snack. On the 53rd attempt, they finally perfected the sweet recipe that would transform Jody's Gourmet Popcorn from a part-time hobby into a thriving business.

Their "Recipe 53 Caramel Popcorn" remains the shop's signature offering, though the duo has gone on to create dozens of sweet and savory popcorn varieties. The store scoops up everything from movie-style corn to kernels spiced with jalape?o or drizzled in white and dark chocolate. Jody and her team also create colorful popcorn in holiday colors or the hues of a favorite sports team, which customers can take home in a decorative tin. And for those unsure about this whole popcorn thing, the specialists also slice rich fudge in flavors such as chocolate chip cookie dough.

205 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Though flavorful Italian cuisine is at the core of Cogan's Pizza, taste buds aren’t the only sensory receptors that perk up when visiting the vibrant eatery. The interior provides a visual feast with huge chandeliers casting subtle twinkles across pressed-tin ceilings and walls covered with posters and music memorabilia. The music motif also engages ears and vocal cords with regular live performances and karaoke.

At the bar, more than 30 beers flow from a lineup of seasonally rotating taps, each carbonated with the perfect number of bubbles to wash down cheesy and meaty pies. For patrons who adhere to a more plant-based diet, the cooks can also top crusts with faux meats, soy cheese, or an evil aunt’s favorite orchid. Pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and subs stacked with roasted chicken, italian sausage, or roast beef round out the menu.

1901 Colonial Ave
Norfolk,
VA
US

?I don?t fall asleep?though many people do?but I am relaxed. I lie there, my thoughts drifting from the to-do list of life and, then, naturally, to space,? says Mike Gruss of the Virginian-Pilot, who stepped into one of Float First?s pods for the first time in January 2012. ?I am the John Glenn of the suburban relaxation frontier.? The sense of antigravity Gruss describes in his piece is a common one. It occurs in part because the water inside each 8'x5' i-sopod is heated to skin temperature, which makes it hard to tell where the water ends and one's body begins. Of course, the ability to float effortlessly also aids in creating this sensation. More than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt combines with 10 inches of water inside each pod, a ratio that helps any man, woman, or unplugged mini fridge to float. Each float session?which can be conducted with the capsule?s lid closed or open, in case patrons are concerned about experiencing claustrophobia?is meant to imbue a deep sense of relaxation in clients, as the tank deprives all senses of stimulation. Aside from making guests feel lighter than air, the soothing session also boasts benefits such as improved sleep quality and faster recovery from muscle injuries.

725 Eden Way N
Chesapeake,
VA
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

1100 S Hayes St.
Arlington,
VA
US

Readers of Richmond magazine have voted Car Pool Car Wash the Best Car Washing/Detailing business in the city multiple times over the last decade. Stepping into one of its facilities, it?s easy to see why. In addition to making autos look and feel like royalty, Car Pool Car Wash also cultivates a stress-free environment with sleek waiting rooms that resemble modern hotel lobbies and emit free WiFi. After grabbing a complimentary cup of coffee and receding into plush leather chairs, visitors are served a visual feast that may include floor-to-ceiling windows or a stone fireplace. Rocking chairs outside of the car wash enable car owners to wait under the open sky while flipping through a book or magazine.

Locally owned and operated since 1977, the automotive salon company has focused on advanced car-cleaning methods while expanding its outreach to include six full-service wash facilities, two exterior-only wash facilities, and a full-service detail shop. Many of the car wash's specialty packages cater to specific vehicle needs such as comprehensive interior cleaning or professional exterior waxing, services that enlist products from Simoniz and Rain-X to safeguard paint jobs.

Car Pool Car Wash strengthens its bond with repeat customers through its frequency rewards program, which makes participants eligible for future discounts after they sign up online or in person. The shop also carries Duck Bucks gift cards that allow recipients to prepay for regular car washes. In their efforts to foster a tightly knit community, the owners of Car Pool Car Wash regularly support local charities and organizations in their initiatives.

11950 W Broad St
Richmond,
VA
US

With a police escort by his side, Dan Seachord strode across the Hampton University campus clutching the commission of a lifetime in his arms: a stately photograph of the Emancipation Oak, mounted and framed by Dan himself as the university's gift to the president of the United States. Whether designing fancy frames for diplomats or simpler ones for citizens, Dan and Carrie Seachord at The Great Frame Up customize frames for all manner of art, including pre-purchased pieces and images selected from the store's miniature gallery. Display cases and other enclosures capture a range of personal effects, from ticket stubs to three-dimensional keepsakes such as footballs and World's Best Mug mugs. The Great Frame Up also sends members of its design team on in-home and commercial consultations to ensure décor coordinates within offices and living spaces.

12551 Jefferson Ave
Newport News,
VA
US