Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Blasdell Nursery’s staff has flexed green thumbs and stocked shelves with a huge selection of lush greenery, fountains, and other garden accessories for more than 40 years. Customers can spruce up bare front yards with doldrums-extirpating shrubs and trees ($21+) or bring color to drab lawns every year by adding perennials ($5.95) to flower beds. Customers can also build rock-solid retaining wall with Pennsylvania wall stone ($300/pallet) and give winged friends or outdoors-type business associates a watering hole with a birdbath with locking top ($51). On top of floral fare, Blasdell helps beautify gardens with other outdoor accessories, including statutes, decorative pots, and highly trained garden gnomes to battle squash-stealing hordes of trolls.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
The cooking school's team of cooking instructors and chefs work diligently to instill a love of cooking in students of all ages. Inside the Kids’ Kitchen, children ages 3 to 6, assisted by their parents and helped along by friendly instructors, prepare healthy, kid-friendly fare. As they work through recipes, the Future Chefs class participants also learn kitchen essentials such as measuring skills, pot and pan protocol, and how to operate small appliances. During adult classes, adult students roll up their sleeves and dive into multipart recipes, from a Provençal-style zucchini and greens torte to sweet-potato casserole. Adult students can choose from hands-on and demonstration-style classes, and the cooking school's chefs and instructors keep household menus fresh by leading new classes every three months. In addition to taking traditional cooking classes, grown-up students can also improve their eating habits with healthy lifestyle classes. Taught by registered dietitians, the classes cover food's impact on current health issues, and prepare students to make the good dietary decisions that will stay with them for the rest of their long, wellness-filled lives.
Family-owned and operated since 1995, White Orchard Home Furnishings (formerly Quaker Country Home) offers a wide variety of high-quality traditional and contemporary furniture and accessories with which to dapple a home. The two-story showroom in historic Grange Hall houses shaker, mission, traditional, and modern styles of abode furnishings, much of which is built in the U.S. and sourced from more than 37 manufacturers. Spruce up a natural habitat or make an unnatural habitat of sterile rocks and Theremin strains more congenial with framed artwork ($48+), stylish lamps ($125+), or solid wood furniture crafted from pine, maple, or cherry wood ($125+). Armchairs ($397+) and sofas ($997+) offer a comfy place for weary soul sacks to relax and recline after an exhausting day protecting organs from skeletal onslaughts.