River City Tattoo
1128 N. Boulevard, 359-5252
Tattoo consumers — and in Richmond, voted third most tattooed city in the nation, there are a lot of them — are feeling patriotic these days. Traditional American tattoos and sleeves are in high demand, says Brad Douglas, an employee at River City Tattoo for five years.
2. Salvation Tattoo Gallery
3. Trademark Tattoo
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Lexus of Richmond
9703 Midlothian Turnpike, 323-8000
Patrons who use Lexus of Richmond’s service center can get free loaner vehicles or enjoy free coffee and pastries and use the dealership’s iPads while they wait. And while Lexus is known for its luxury cars, General Manager Tom Flood says the dealership has something extra special in stock at the moment: the Lexus LFA 2012, a super sports car with a top speed of 202 miles per hour (yours for only $380,000).
2. McGeorge Toyota
3. (Tie) Pearson Honda; West Broad Honda
Bella Rosa Bridal and Special Occasions
3979 Deep Rock Road, 855-1000
Bella Rosa’s salon carries everything for the wedding party, from bridal gowns and tuxedos to mother-of-the-bride and flower-girl dresses. “We become a friend to the bride for however long their process takes,” says Manager Christine Podlesny. Bella Rosa separates the salon from the main shop to make the experience as quiet and stress-free as possible.
2. Tiffanys Bridal
3. Bridal Elegance
3158 W. Cary St., 358-0884
This Carytown shop, co-owned by Libby Sykes and Deborah Boschen, has been cultivating a fun, welcoming atmosphere for more than 25 years. The owners attribute the ambiance to the passionate staff. “If you don’t have a happy staff, you won’t have a happy store,” says Sykes. Pink was recently chosen by Elle magazine as Virginia’s entry in its “50 States of Shopping” feature.
2. Monkee’s of Richmond
3. (Tie) Clementine; Penelope
3158 W. Cary St., 358-0884
“We want to tell a story,” says Jaime Ridolphi, principal mannequin dresser at Pink. The Carytown boutique uses the best of the best from its stock to outfit the life-sized dolls. “We trust our intuition, and hopefully we inspire customers to think outside of the box,” Ridolphi says.
3. Saks Fifth Avenue
11812 W. Broad St., 364-6900
For more than nine years, this Short Pump department store has been pampering loyal customers. “We have events that close the store to anyone but Nordstrom Rewards card owners, complete with a live band and refreshments,” says Manager Janessa Wentworth. Top-tier cardholders also have access to unlimited alterations. Nothing like a tailored wardrobe to make you feel like a VIP.
2. Saks Fifth Avenue
3. (Tie) Capri Jewelers; Tweed
MaryJo Myers-Battiston, Imago
2602 W. Main St., 355-1040
Imago owner Myers-Battiston is certified by the American Board of Certified Haircolorists (she even passed the exam on her first try, a rare feat) and has continued to seek training and education throughout her 24 years in the craft. “A lot of color is perception, so 99 percent of it is figuring out what the person perceives,” she says.
2. Jennifer Mantura
3. Amber Skrzypek, Rituals Salon-Spa
Glow Med Spa
5109 Lakeside Ave. 262-0330; 201 Towne Center West Blvd., Suite 705, 360-1144
Owner Shia Noth says her theater background helped her create the atmosphere for the spas. “I like it when people have to leave their world and enter ours; it removes them from the stress of the day,” says Noth. Each location is designed around an elemental theme: earth in Lakeside and fire in Short Pump, achieved with lighting and other tricks.
2. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Day Spa & Hair Salon
3. Club West Med Spa
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Agee’s has been serving Richmonders for more than 100 years. Whether it’s the catchy jingle on the commercials or the family environment of the stores, Agee’s has consistently been a go-to shop for both novice and experienced cyclists. “We really just enjoy the bikes, the technology and watching it all advance,” says owner Bill Agee.
2. Carytown Bicycle Co.
3. Conte’s Bicycle & Fitness Equipment