Sunbeams spill through the windows at MeTime Personal Saunas, making tall, green grasses sprout from the planters that line an exposed-brick wall. Down the hall, six personal saunas draw inspiration from these rays to help humans cultivate wellness. Each sauna emanates far-infrared heat, which penetrates the skin to boost circulation, jump-start the immune system, and extract toxins such as mercury and lead. By summoning sweat, the warmth may also help the body shed calories and expired skin cells. Unlike ultraviolet rays, far-infrared beams warm the body uniformly, without burning the skin. To make stress evaporate, each sauna comes with an MP3-friendly audio system, which can fill the space with the soothing sounds of string quartets, ocean waves, or beatboxing seagulls. LED lights help lift gloomy moods with a choice of seven hues, from calming turquoise to energizing red. After marinating in the therapeutic heat, sauna-goers may rehydrate with complimentary bottled water, whisk away sweat with oshibori-style towels, or peruse the spa’s selection of organic skincare and nutrition products.
For more than a decade, Clark Nursery's knowledgeable staff has helped homeowners to create fetching homestead panoramas through landscape and hardscape designs. With the opening of the new garden center, staff members now turn their skills to curating a collection of annuals, perennials, shrubbery, and lawn accouterments for do-it-yourself gardening. The green-thumbed staffers are on hand to dole out design advice as homeowners make their selections from an inventory that includes statuary and cast limestone planters from Haddonstone, teak furniture from Kingsley Bate, and garden gnomes from Middle-earth.
HomeBrew USA sets soon-to-be brewmasters on a path to filling up kegs and bottles with homemade concoctions, outfitting frothy-art aficionados with all the necessary apparatuses to get started. An ideal Father's Day gift for craft-brew-crazy dads, a comprehensive homebrewing equipment kit should contain all the necessary hardware for fermenting, bottling, and capping, including buckets, siphon, airlock, hydrometer, and a security system that loudly plays "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" to ward off intruders. For a simple-yet-effective setup, the Bare Bones kit employs single-stage fermentation, in which brewing and bottling are done in the same vessel ($49.99), and the Basic bundle boosts brewers to the next level with an extra bottling vessel for clearer beer and easier carbonation, plus a bottle filter, brush, and cleaner ($96.99). More proactive beer-makers can pick up the Plus package, which sports a complete dual-fermentation system, using two buckets and a five-gallon glass carboy for a multi-stage process that reduces yeast sediment and creates clearer beer ($160).
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.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
One of Hampton Roads' oldest family-owned florists, Turpin's has been tending to Virginians' flower needs since 1959. Whether you order online or in the store, Turpin's design staff, which has a combined 150 years of experience, guarantees their flowers will stay fresh and fragrant for seven days. Customize a bouquet for a special someone, or choose from one of the popular pre-arranged options, such as a dozen roses ($49.99) or a Basket of Cheer ($39.99), a vibrant collection of bright, be-petaled beauties in a range of pinks, purples, yellows, and whites. Though aromatic and gorgeous, flowers sometimes lack essential sugars and nougats, so Turpin's will include a box of chocolates with any order for an additional $10. A Mylar balloon ($3.95) adds buoyancy to gravity-ridden gardenias or height-fearing hyacinths. Opt for a fruit basket or a long-living houseplant for special occasions when flowers aren't appropriate, such as the anniversary of Grandma's first pollen attack.