The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
June's Hallmark boasts Gold Crown Store status and showers shoppers with a plethora of greeting cards and gifts. Celebratory species abound, starting with postage-paid cards for every occasion, whether celebrating a birthday, graduation, Mother's Day, or jury duty. Or drape wrapping paper over WoodWick candles ($2.99–$28.99), Fiesta dinnerware ($13–$48), Willow Tree collectibles ($10–$169.99), and much more. Meanwhile, children who can’t sleep without hearing fairy tales narrated by a faraway relative or the grocery store bagger with the fascinating mustache can revel in the Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($29.95). Alternately, the Hallmark Interactive Storybooks ($29.95 for toy with book; $9.95 for additional books) come narrated by a cuddly version of the tale’s main character, who giggles and comments on the events in the story.
A 20-acre boarding and riding facility, Blue Ribbon Riding Academy caters to horses and their biped partners year-round with a 21-stall horse barn and lessons for students of all skill levels and ages. Geared toward novice equine enthusiasts, the private introductory lesson schools new riders with necessary horse how-tos. Riders will learn how to properly groom their hoofed friend with a full makeover, then prep the horse with the proper riding costume and accessories. Finally, students will discover how to safely mount their grass-grazing auto alternative before their foray around the ring. After the lesson, horse operators should possess enough talent to advance to a semi-private lesson with similarly skilled riders.