HomeBrew USA sets soon-to-be brewmasters on a path to filling up kegs and bottles with homemade concoctions, outfitting frothy-art aficionados with all the necessary apparatuses to get started. An ideal Father's Day gift for craft-brew-crazy dads, a comprehensive homebrewing equipment kit should contain all the necessary hardware for fermenting, bottling, and capping, including buckets, siphon, airlock, hydrometer, and a security system that loudly plays "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" to ward off intruders. For a simple-yet-effective setup, the Bare Bones kit employs single-stage fermentation, in which brewing and bottling are done in the same vessel ($49.99), and the Basic bundle boosts brewers to the next level with an extra bottling vessel for clearer beer and easier carbonation, plus a bottle filter, brush, and cleaner ($96.99). More proactive beer-makers can pick up the Plus package, which sports a complete dual-fermentation system, using two buckets and a five-gallon glass carboy for a multi-stage process that reduces yeast sediment and creates clearer beer ($160).
Mambo Grill's chefs craft dishes of carne asada, burritos, red beans, and rice from scratch daily using fresh meats and veggies, punching them up with authentic imported seasonings and, when necessary, a burly gentlemen named Bugsy. They eschew the traditional spiciness of Mexican food for the full-bodied zest of Central American and Caribbean cuisine, ensuring each dish's taste and color is faithful to that of its country of origin.
The Daily Press's brigade of ace reporters keeps its readership abreast of the latest local happenings, sports scores, and classifieds. In addition to mending breaking news and fact-checking opinion columns, subscribers can monitor thrice-weekly updates in job opportunities and cultural events such as new museum exhibits and soirees for charity. Recipes, grocery coupons, and restaurant coverage are printed in Wednesday editions, and Saturday's paper covers local real-estate and health news. Sunday editions arrive jam-packed with coupons and savings nestled beside tips and personalized offers in the Savvy Shopper section. Readers are also privy to horoscopes, notices for nearby garage sales, and listings for apartments recently vacated by renowned treasure hunters.
The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
The team at Cho's Cleaners Launderers has been waging a battle against spots, stains, and wrinkles for 30 years and counting. At four locations throughout Newport News and Yorktown, the cleanliness connoisseurs deftly efface the tarnished sections from ordinary pants and shirts as well as wedding dresses, coats, Ugg boots, comforters, and pants and shirts that have extraordinary powers, such as washing themselves. The shops accept the task of absterging sullied doublets and pantaloons every day of the week except Sunday and can wash any garments dropped off before 9:30 a.m. by the end of the same day.