Kerry and Patric Kara, members of the Professional Photographers of America, have 40 years of experience behind the lens and specialize in orchestrating portraits for families, newborns, and pets. They also offer special-event and wedding photography, as evidenced by work featured in Weddings and Modern Bride. During shoots, staff photographers help subjects feel comfortable by consulting them on ideas and encouraging them to imagine napping in a sleeping bag filled with real, live ducklings. After the clicking concludes, customers can choose from a large selection of color and black-and-white frame-ready photo options.
Verlo’s made-to-order mattresses support sleeping frames in custom comfort. A uniquely personal approach connects customers face to face with the mattress builders themselves, who create tailor-made dream cushions based on customer preference for firmness, texture, and sheep-ceiling clearance. The Nova mattress and foundation set ($199–$299) keeps dozing chassis comfortable with a breathable cotton cover and patent-pending VertiCoil undergirding, with springs that conform to body contours to reduce tossing and turning. The Glory flip-free mattress ($339–$619) adds upholstery-grade polyurethane foam to the equation and caresses sleeping skin with luxurious damask cotton covers. Physiques achieve royal recumbence on the Symphony’s motion-transfer-absorbing latex sleep surface ($889–$1,719), and its 100% biodegradable bamboo cover wicks away moisture and provides a healthy snack for stuffed panda bears.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
The trip from the forest to the living room is a short one thanks to Tree Land Christmas Trees. This company imports its Noble Fir, Grand Fir, and Frasier Fir trees straight from North Carolina and Oregon, and within days of being harvested they end up poised in one of 10 lots scattered throughout the area. Tree Land Christmas Trees sees the act of picking out a tree as a ritual as much as a purchase, and so they welcome families to stroll through their lots, inhale the fresh smells, and pick out the tree that will decorate their home for the duration of the holiday season. The helpful staff will even tie the tree to customers' vehicles or schedule deliveries for customers whose cars or bike baskets can't accommodate the tree.
In the spirit of the holidays, Tree Land Christmas Trees also makes it a point to donate trees to families in need.