Hydrating thirsty throngs for more than 70 years, Culligan specializes in the successful capture and distribution of refreshing, see-through aqua pura. Using strictly monitored EPA processing and bottling standards, Culligan's reverse osmosis purification method removes contaminants and microscopic impurities that can escape the grasp of carbon-filter pitchers, faucet filters, and some other filters. On your initial delivery, a Culligan water ward will dress your domicile with a personalized water cooler, plus four 5-gallon jugs filled with purified water or minimally filtered spring water. With Culligan's in-home water service, customers can reduce their use of plastic bottles while saving themselves from the aftermath of a hard-water attack.
The thoughtful retail staff at Gracious Me! escorts guests through a packed showroom of curios and household decorations. The eclectic gallery curates products, including lamps, figurines, and patterned china, to suit a spectrum of tastes. Treasures ranging from funky necklaces ($15) to exquisite wall art ($250) enchant shoppers on the market for bodily and domestic décor. People seeking customizable footwear-flair snoop through the selection of SwitchFlops ($40 a pair on average) and interchangeable bands that match outfits, moods, and number of toes. Curios such as candles and jars take up temporary shelf-space at the boutique before being bagged and shuttled to buyers' homes. Old-fashion letter-writers can secure sets of stationery ($9) on which to scribble notes for pen pals or birthday invitations to state senators.
At Gateway Action Sports’ three paintball arenas, masked combatants can pelt their friends with colorful projectiles and dive, duck, and roll through natural and man-made environments. After receiving a compressed-air gun, facial protection, and a supply of ammo, troopers can spend all day launching tactical campaigns and creating works of abstract expressionism with 500 rounds of paintballs. Start a sing-along with Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the facility’s massive woods, stage a messy takeover of a seven-room outdoor fort, or outwit your friends during a fast-paced game on the challenging XBall field. Trigger-happy contenders can re-fill their air supply at no additional charge and purchase additional rounds of polychromatic ammunition ($13.50–$15/500 rounds).
True Birds’ patrons unearth vintage-inspired treasures among the online boutique’s stock of accessories, which have garnered praise from Vogue and Lucky Magazine and which include delicate wedding headbands and hair clips reminiscent of the era of The Great Gatsby. Twin sisters run the boutique out of California, imbuing the shop with their passion for enhancing natural beauty with dramatic vintage-reproduction accessories and regular toothbrushing. In addition to bedecking the coiffures of their online shoppers, True Birds’ sisterly proprietors have accented the professionally styled outfits of celebrities including Taylor Swift and Hilary Duff.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.