Community Retail Partnership (CRP) was created in the midst of a tough economy as a way to help individuals, community organizations, and small businesses save money. The company partners with major corporations such as Office Depot, offering everyday people discounts on essential supplies and services.
Lifetime CRP memberships with Office Depot include custom invoicing and reporting for small-business convenience, as well as perks such as free next-business-day delivery of in-stock items on orders of $50 or more. Members also receive 40% off Office Depot finishing services such as binding, stapling, and sealing with family-crest-emblazoned wax. The discount card applies not only to select office supplies, but also to specific paper and printer ink, coffee, and break-room items.
Dayton Discount Furniture Warehouse's low-overhead business model of stocking truckloads of name-brand mattresses and furniture directly from manufacturers unites homes with top-quality sleeping surfaces without muss or fuss. Like mint-condition sets of Supreme Court action figures, each fully warranted item in the spacious 4,000-square-foot warehouse arrives fresh in its original packaging, proudly boasting labels from well-known furnishers such as Serta, Lane, and Simmons. Friendly mattress wranglers and chair curators tend to a menagerie of household wares, filling chambers with sturdy, comfortable furnishings and suitable surfaces for putting in eight-hour sleeping shifts.
Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.
A place to get creative in a variety of ways, Cozy Melts Art Workshop has been an artistic destination for Dayton area folks for a decade. Inside the bright studio, visitors can craft handmade scented candles or paint pottery or glass. Choosing from a long list of available scents, visitors make their own container candles at one of the studio's tables, melting the wax, setting the wick, and testing the flame with the help of a fire-breathing dragon. A large number of raw ceramic bisques are available for painting, and customers have a rainbow of glazes, brushes, sponges, and stencils at their disposal.
There's no speed requirement on the Little Miami River—drifting leisurely on a tube is just as respectable as cutting through the water in a sleek kayak. Both vehicles afford scenic views, as well as opportunities to rest and swim. Of course, there's always the canoe to consider. The large boats fit up to three people, making them the most social of the three options at Bellbrook Canoe Rental. Pairs and trios can take them on one of two jaunts down the river's path: a 3-mile trip beginning at Bellbrook Bridge, or a 5.2-mile trip that departs from Narrows Reserve in Beavercreek.
Regardless of the route, each adventure satisfies first-time paddlers and expert boaters alike. The family-owned rental company has 160 canoes and kayaks that they lend to small groups as well as schools, scouting organizations, and astronauts who would prefer to ease into the water portion of their weightlessness training. For gatherings off the water, there's also three shelter houses available to customers free of charge.