Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Combining a longtime interest in baseball with a love for cooking, Doug-Out Cookies founder Doug Low pitches customers a tasty selection of cookies and other sweet treats. “The Roster” features a variety of cookie flavors for clients to delightfully mix, match, and multiply into a double-dozen package that strikes out sweet-tooth sluggers faster than cake-battered curve balls. Cookie connoisseurs can step up to a plate of Super Star Triple Chocolates, peanut butters, oatmeal raisins, or "MVP" Milk Chocolate Chips (with or without the nuts). If that’s not enough to meet the dessert needs of cookie cravers, clients can stock their basement cookie-jar collection with amaretto chips, strawberry shortcakes, jalapeno sugar cookies, or Cambria Health Bars made with whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, oatmeal, walnuts, pecans, and coconut.
The cooks at Amir's Kabob turn out large plates of fresh Middle Eastern cuisine. A serving of creamy hummus or baba ghanouj is a good way to kick off a meal, and makes for great dipping with some pita or falafel. The main courses hew toward the meaty and robust; there's beef, chicken, and lamb shish kebabs, shawarma, and the Jordan River plate that includes salmon seasoned with garlic and lemon. There's also a falafel plate for vegetarians served with rice, salad, and hummus, and fruit cocktails that add a sweet, healthy capper to the meal.
Bouquet of Fruits specializes in the art of fusing fresh fruit with gourmet chocolate, known as melty flesh on the streets of Belgium. The everyday dark-chocolate-covered strawberry is the handsome crown jewel in Bouquet's fleet of fancy fruits. The strawberries are the finest California long-stemmed variety, coated in creamy dark chocolate and finished with a proud white-chocolate striping. These luxurious sweet treats are so enthralling they qualify as a belated Mother's Day gift, an apology card for underestimating kin, or a replacement for a glass eyeball that rolled under the couch.
Whichever smokeporium you choose to patronize, you'll be greeted by a plush interior lined with more wood than the HMS Pinafore, punctuated by guffawing conversation and the squeak of soft leather chairs. While the odd fresh-air enthusiast takes a breather on the outdoor patio, dive into a 20-count box of Drew Estate Isla del Sol smokesticks ($99), a basket pipe made from Italian briarwood ($30), or the loose-leaf joy of the Dark English tobacco blend with Latakia and "Oriental" flavors ($8.50 for 2 ounces), best served poured piping hot with a little cream and a biscuit. Cigars Limited serves up lifestyle products as well: the man-pampering Art of Shaving four-step shaving cream and aftershave balm kit ($40), fine 12-once bags of FG Beans coffee, and the manliest product of all, woodwick candles ($20 each).
Edible Arrangements fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The sweetener-free, preservative-free baskets are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring that deliveries arrive at the apex of freshness. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with Edible Arrangement's selection of singular gifts, such as the Little Special Expression ($24), the faux-floral vase of Simply Daisies ($52), or the boxed 30-some of decadent fruit truffles ($39). On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.