Owner Bobby Holland, boasting more than 40 years of experience, and his team of dry-cleaning doyens restore garments to gleaming glory with a laundry list of services and pickup and delivery options. Dry cleaning grants two-piece suits ($13.99) a water-free purification, as well as removes stains from sullied slacks ($6.99) or paintball-spattered blouses ($6.99). Or opt to give bedraggled bedding a summer sprucing with services that erase wrinkles from blankets, bedspreads, and comforters (all $18.50+). The Holland Cleaners also specializes in treating beaded and sequined items, using friendly solvents that offer a gentle yet thorough cleansing to ensure garments come back devoid of discoloration, loose fabric festoons, or limburger-shellacked trimming.
Over the course of 25 years of dry cleaning, the staff at Boston Cleaners has developed an efficient cleaning regime dubbed The 13 Travels of Your Garment. The process begins with a warm welcome, during which the staff enters each item into a computer system before inspecting and sorting each piece. Then, cleaners apply one of 20 stain-removal detergents, clean garments with eco-friendly machines, and steam them to release wrinkles and cook any long-forgotten, pocketed dumplings. Garments are then given a hand finish, inspected one last time, and delivered to their owners in protective packaging.
The Virginian-Pilot's staff of dedicated journalists have dutifully provided news and information to the citizens of southeast Virginia and North Carolina for 149 years, even helping the paper earn a Pulitzer Prize. Subscribers can wake up to the invigorating aroma of fresh ink without needing to empty fountain pens into their coffeemakers. As they butter their toast and brace themselves for the daily grind, readers explore paper sections detailing local news, sports, restaurants, and entertainment. The coupon-filled Sunday Pilot includes in-depth stories relevant to Hampton Roads, and the Wednesday edition comes replete with recipes, food reviews, and grocery advertisements.
The rollicking sounds of blues artists headlining the two stages of the restaurant’s performance venue filter through this barbecue hot spot. It features spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.
For more than 25 years, Stanley’s Home Furnishings has filled empty homes with dining sets, bedroom sets, and other furniture for all areas of the house. Their inventory ranges from motion furniture such as recliners and sofas to dinettes, full bedroom sets, and mattresses from brands such as Allassea Sleep System, Boyd Sleep Products, and Paramount Bedding. They offer in-house financing options, as well as convenient delivery to Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
Called “a gigantic, sprawling wonderland” and “an overflowing treasure chest of cheap fun” in the thrift-store guide book, Dirt Cheap, Real Good, Thrift Store USA stocks more than 24,000 square feet of secondhand clothes, furniture, and other goods that are ripe for the repicking. Outfit your lambs in a perpetually rotating array of vintage and used clothes, priced from $0.55 to $19.99. Manic media collectors can spend hours browsing the thousands of books, videos, and record albums of old vinyl pop classics and records for teaching cats how to meow in German ($0.55–$3.99). Brand-new Symbol and Corsicana mattresses ($79–$399) provide pleasant dream-cradles alongside antique, retro, and modern dining-room sets and bunk beds. Purchases at Thrift Store USA benefit Seton Youth Shelters, which provide shelter and counseling services to at-risk youth.