Voted among the best gift-basket providers in the Valley Advocate's 2010 Best of the Valley readers' poll, Laurel Mountain provides customers with tasteful solutions to gift-giving dilemmas. Welcome new humans to Earth with a Baby Buggy basket ($49.95) sporting snuggly stuffed friends, a bottle, and other infant essentials, or thank a cocoa-crazy coworker for years of borrowed paperclips and collating advice with a Chocolate Delights basket ($49.95) filled with cookies, truffles, and fudge. Laurel Mountain's assortment of assemblages includes numerous holiday baskets, such as a Hot Stuff! Valentine's basket ($49.95) loaded with a heart-melting mix of barbecue sauce, salsa, and other gastro-goodies, as well as care packages ($24.95–$34.97) to let off-site offspring know they're never too far to escape your benevolent grasp. To ensure freshness, baskets aren't assembled until orders are placed, and each includes a handwritten card with a message of your creation, allowing you to partner your package with a pig Latin haiku or romantic limerick.
Valley Art Supplies stocks palettes and pencil cases with paints, brushes, canvases, and other creative accouterments for artists of all levels. Artists can slather a rainbow of hues from the Chroma A2 line of art students’ acrylic paint ($6.21 each) onto a 16”x20” studio canvas ($13.19 each) to create a lifelike portrait of their imaginary poodle, Stu. Alternately, scrawl charcoal sketches on 22”x30” Stonehenge paper ($4.10 each), and then proudly nail it to the refrigerator door with Valley’s bevy of framing supplies.
In 2007, manager David Stauffer transformed a century-old building into a charming dry-goods store. Honoring the antique architecture, he still sends grains sailing down the building's antique wooden chute, which unloads shipments into pickup trucks and the gullets of bears that are tired of stealing picnic baskets. Additionally, the shop continues to stock its signature birdseed blend, lawn fertilizer, garden and pet supplies, hay, and other outdoor essentials.
New England Hydroponics' trained staff roams the shop, eager to help patrons find the perfect products for their indoor-gardening needs. They demonstrate equipment for customers or allow them to try it out before purchase, helping them learn the ins and outs of products such as HID lights, grow tents, and flutes that make vines dance. A newly built 4,000-square-foot warehouse keeps New England Hydroponics' retail store stocked with supplies for gardeners of all types.