"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.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($34.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($22.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Since 1861, The Somerville Showroom has bedecked kitchens and baths in stylish function fixtures from brands that include Kohler, Aqueous, and Yorktowne Cabinetry. A simple bath fixture upgrade such as the Kohler Flipside showerhead transforms a regular hosing into minutes of bliss with flip-activated water-massage settings ($95.30–$107), Aqueous bathroom faucets disperse hot, cold, and mysteriously carbonated water with chrome elegance ($111.07), and Kohler Wellworth water-conserving toilets take homes one step closer to green living ($223.40). For functionality and voguish wall dressings, Yorktown cabinetry bestows cherry-wood ornamentations throughout cooking quarters and fallout shelters still sporting '60s-era lead-lined pantries.