After 37 years in business, authorized AT&T retailer, Communications Electronics knows a thing about outfitting its customers with the latest in mobile phone and wireless equipment, new smart phones, and accessories. The company traces its history in the metro region back 37 years, when most homes relied on landlines, and cell phones were heavy bricks likely to start dangerous fires. Through it all, the company rode the wave of up-and-coming technology, earning a loyal and expansive customer base through friendly, knowledgeable service, and frequent package upgrades. Today, the store sells the space-age Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC First, and Galaxy Tab II, augmented with accessories such as armor-clad Defender cases, dual-port chargers, and Bluetooth headsets.
Gardiners Furniture offers a variety of traditional and contemporary furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and more in its expansive storerooms. Outfit your living room with an in-vogue two-piece ottoman ($161) by Signature Design Rayanne and a Toscana rectangular cocktail table ($179) from Ashley Furniture. Or, replace unsightly metal with stately wood in your home office with an Ashley Furniture two-drawer file cabinet ($224). Other items include a traditional handsome wooden 3-drawer end table ($242) and a Heritage TV cart by Eagle Industries ($359), ideal for taunting the floating TVs of the future with what could have been.
Maryland China Co. has a long tradition of ordering fine china pieces from around the world: over a century long, in fact. Today, the staff maintains the shop's reputation by carefully vetting every item in the 1,250-piece collection, which comes from eight countries and four planets. Quality is paramount, so the shop demotes items to the seconds room for minute imperfections, such as slight color variation. A single piece of hand-painted china, such as a cup and saucer decorated with intricate loops and whorls, can take hours to complete. Full tea sets, then, celebrate the careful craftsmanship and leisurely traditions of the Old World.
Despite the large selection of hand-painted wares, undecorated white china and porcelain vases, pots, cups, and bowls dominate the shelves. Sometimes designed with ornate details, such as scalloped edges or antique-style handles, the items are otherwise blank slates for artists. Customers can purchase a small paint set with their china to transform it into a modern work of art with colorful chevrons or 2011 1040 forms.
Nestled amid freshly manicured lawns and lush overhanging greenery, Boiling Springs welcomes swimmers to its family-friendly pools, three waterslides, and full-service snack area. Eschew Crisco-slathered skids down school stairwells in favor of water-sloshing sprees down the enclosed 130-foot Nightmare, the open-flume 232-foot Daydream, or the double-twisted 90-foot USA Slide. Each plummet deposits dunkers into one of Boiling Springs’ four swimming sectors, which include a main 150'x50' pool as well as a miniature lagoon for pint-sized paddlers. Sun-soakers can smoothly tip shades when admiring the newly-installed decks, or indulge in a post-swim feast from the on-site snack bar, chock-full of ice cream, grilled fare, and refillable sports bottles. Boiling Springs Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day; guests can check the calendar for specific hours.