While living the life of a peripatetic juggling duo in 1970s Europe, Paul Binder and Michael Christensen had a dream: a non-profit circus that would combine community outreach with shows by the world’s best performers. Today a rotating cast of acrobats, clowns, and daredevils tour with a menagerie of exotic animals. Led by animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. The circus's ponies, Arabian horses, and dogs perform sprightly routines, learned under humane training regimens based on positive reinforcement. Shows take place under the big top, custom designed so that every seat is within 50 feet of the ring. The tent is also engineered to keep showgoers comfortable with a raisable cupola that allows warm air to escape as guests relax on comfy cushions that keep incubating eggs from cracking in back pockets.
For the past 10 years, Waldin Jewelers has adorned customers across the country with fine jewelry items, including diamond rings, earrings, and watches. With four fully stocked showrooms and a complete selection of online items, the diamond-corralling staff provides shoppers with an extensive selection of body adornments, including 0.15-ctw. fine princess-cut, diamond-stud earrings ($179) and 0.13-ctw. diamond fashion bracelets ($119). Décolleté décor items include pendants ($80+) of keys, hearts, and crosses that can be mounted on chains, as well as a 0.12-ctw. ladies Fanuk necklace ($199) with eight diamonds arranged according to size and optional superhero-summoning powers. From February 1–14, Waldin Jewelers will supply the first 50 jewel-seekers each day with a complimentary set of diamond earrings or a low-five.
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 repair watches in addition to pairing 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.
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.