Serving as a quick and convenient source of home-improvement inventory, Rommel's Ace keeps local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments. Collections of DeWalt, Craftsman, and Stihl hand and power tools help homeowners complete home projects, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Rommel's Ace Hardware’s helpful services: customers at the Perry Hall location had browse Carhartt apparel, keys are cut onsite, including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Rommel's Ace in Seaford, Delaware even offers Edmonton Kayaks and kayak accessories in their complete kayak center.
Since first opening their grounds in 1980, Adkins Arboretum’s 400-acre garden and preserve have sheltered plants native to the mid-Atlantic coastal plain. More than 600 species of them, in fact, encompassing everything from water hemlocks and flowering dogwoods to skunk cabbages. These trees, shrubs, and grasses—not to mention picturesque streams and meadows—line five miles of paths, along which visitors can walk, bike, or even ski. If five miles sounds daunting to youngsters, they can instead explore Paw Paw Playground, an assemblage of wigwams, balance beams, and other toys crafted from natural materials by a local Eagle Scout. Besides its extensive gardens, Adkins Arboretum also plays host to numerous year-round programs, including lectures, art exhibitions, and two plant sales each year.
Irish Traditions owner Margaret Barry McLemore and her staff specialize in imported Irish and Scottish goods, but they don’t just sell physical wares–they also give customers guidance on how to inject Celtic tradition into celebrations ranging from weddings to first communions. Inside two boutique stores in Easton and Annapolis, staff members help visitors navigate shelves stocked with Irish-made cable-knit sweaters, scarves, cardigans, and jackets. Elsewhere in the shop, they keep a full stock of finery including wedding candles embellished with Celtic trinity and claddagh symbols, Galway crystalware and Belleek china, Celtic books and music, and Irish jewelry inspired by folk myths.
When formal occasions beckon, staff members can tailor full Highland traditional wear, fashioning custom kilts and tartan scarves, ties, and sashes bearing the marks of Scotland’s ancient clans or each of the 32 Irish counties. Irish Traditions also helps visitors get in touch with their ancestry, partnering with CIE Tours for several annual trips to cities and villages across the Emerald Isle.
Playtime and study time can be one and the same after a visit to Educate & Celebrate. The shop's collection of arts and crafts materials, science kits, and dramatic play outfits enables kiddies to explore the world around them as well as create something new. Then there are the fully illustrated history books, which teach young readers how the Egyptians created the pyramids and how George Washington couldn't tell a lie because he was so dogged by the blasted paparazzi. Educators can get ideas for activities by reading through the merchant's monthly craft project tab, or they can come up with new classroom themes by scrolling through the bulletin board ideas page.
The Crab Place's online market serves up fresh seafood caught by local, Maryland watermen in the Chesapeake Bay. A dozen, frozen jumbo Maryland soft-shell crabs add zip to cold salads or hot soups, omelets, and pasta sauces. Likewise, Chesapeake Bay oysters and clams provide aqueous flair to meals.
The Crab Place's piscine fare is guaranteed to arrive fresh and frozen. Each Styrofoam package includes a refrigerant to ensure frosty temperatures in transit and resist the heat of curious dragons.
As one of the largest authorized retailers for AT&T, Mobile Communications Systems equips conversers with phones, accessories, and services to fit various lifestyles. Requiring a two-year agreement for activation and upgrades, the plethora of impressive phones—including GoPhones, data phones, smart phones, and 4G phones—assures that talk meets its technological match. Smart phones, including the Samsung Captivate ($99), impersonate small computers with 16 GB of memory, a keyboard touch screen, and that new microprocessor smell. Built from recycled plastics, the Samsung Evergreen ($69.99) supports mp3 files and graces fingertips with a QWERTY keyboard. For more advanced technophiles, the 4G Motorola Atrix's ($199.99) 4" screen displays crisp videos powered by a dual core 1GHz processor, and the 4G HTC Inspire ($99.99) runs on Android 2.2 OS and records videos in 720 HD.