The tour guides at H&L Enterprises of WNY LLC love showing people around town. But instead of introducing them to sights from a bus, boat, or Segway, they give tour-goers a spectacular bird's-eye view of western New York, the Southern Tier, northwestern Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio through the windows of a four-seat Robinson R44 helicopter.
In addition to soaring over sparkling lakes and rolling meadows to wow visitors and help them capture stunning aerial-photography shots, helicopter flights also serve the more pragmatic purpose of patrolling pipelines or surveying the land. This allows farmers to count their livestock and entrepreneurs to scope out land they plan to purchase.
Hailing from one of the soggiest regions in the country, the founders of frogg toggs desperately sought armor against the rain that wouldn't weigh down limbs. Since 1996, their research team has unveiled several clothing technologies that facilitate fabrication of lightweight, breathable rainwear, outerwear, and wading gear. Classic DriPore material sports pores that are 20,000 times smaller than a droplet of water, allowing air to escape without admitting moisture. Other waterproof and wind-resistant garments sport durable seams and materials such as ToadSkinz, a hybrid fabric that masquerades as conventional polyester, but harbors an extra layer for comfort. And as Chilly Pad towels absorb water, the remain dry to the touch, cooling athletes’ skin without disintegrating the paper play diagrams taped to their foreheads.
Using T-shirts, sweatshirts, and polos as a canvas, the artistic crew at Eclectic Designs creates works of wearable art with custom digital and embroidered clothing designs. Both the brick-and-mortar and online shops stock an arsenal of phrases, quips, and cute pictures to splay across comfy apparel for adults, children, and pets. Customers can print items with their own designs using a digital uploading tool to fashion personalized gifts such as newborn-baby blankets and robber-dissuading pillowcases plastered with pictures of Perry Mason. The designers also help market businesses and organizations by customizing promotional and giveaway items with no minimums per order.