The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
June's Hallmark boasts Gold Crown Store status and showers shoppers with a plethora of greeting cards and gifts. Celebratory species abound, starting with postage-paid cards for every occasion, whether celebrating a birthday, graduation, Mother's Day, or jury duty. Or drape wrapping paper over WoodWick candles ($2.99–$28.99), Fiesta dinnerware ($13–$48), Willow Tree collectibles ($10–$169.99), and much more. Meanwhile, children who can’t sleep without hearing fairy tales narrated by a faraway relative or the grocery store bagger with the fascinating mustache can revel in the Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($29.95). Alternately, the Hallmark Interactive Storybooks ($29.95 for toy with book; $9.95 for additional books) come narrated by a cuddly version of the tale’s main character, who giggles and comments on the events in the story.
Lilan Stice, PD, runs Doctor's Orders Pharmacy with a proficiency honed over 16 years, offering a convenient, community-minded pharmacy boasting drive-thru, delivery, and therapy-management services. Besides hosting a full line of prescription medications hibernating behind counters, the capable chemists harbor a bold army of over-the-counter health-care products to bravely vanquish aches and ailments.
At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.
Magnolia Lighting's stockade illuminates living quarters with sundry lighting fixtures and home accents. Guests can peruse the expansive showroom rife with crystal chandeliers, lavish candelabras, and teardrop lights artfully suspended from the ceiling. Decorative accessories such as Light Charms magnetic crystals ($42) spruce up chandeliers and a variety of outdoor lighting options shed light on patios and walkways. Patrons can curl up with a book or ancient Greek tablet by the flame of a Lafco candle ($55)—lauded as one of Oprah's “Favorite Things”—and decorative mirrors ($89 for a 44"x32" model) spruce up empty walls and fool gullible eyes into thinking rooms are larger than they actually are.