As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school by utilizing a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan skills assessment (a $195 value), which highlights any trouble spots or unflattering stripes and serves as a baseline for future progress.
With over 80,000 readers across southwestern Kansas, The Hutchinson News is the third-largest daily paper in the state. Founded on the fourth of July in 1872, the publication draws from a rich legacy of respected, professional journalism, covering everything happening in the state, from bills making their way through the legislature to current events in small towns and rural counties. National and international stories give readers a wider perspective on the world, and thought-provoking editorial pieces interpret the news from multiple viewpoints. Lifestyle reporting, sports coverage, and special features keep readers in the know with rundowns of high school, college, and pro sporting events, upcoming festivals, and listings for jobs, properties, and sales.
Imaginary Designs' catalog of recycled and fused glass earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and jewelry-making kits offer a kaleidoscope of glittery accouterments. Adorn your ears with earrings that come in all shapes and sizes, including the butterscotch truffle ($14.95) and the green apple sparkle drops ($7.95), or tie your head and neck together with a matching earring and necklace set ($20.95–$54.95). For thematic self-decorating, peruse a plethora of product lines including the whimsical Signature Line and the Lost My Marbles! collection, which repurposes marbles for fashion and ensures heroism when faced with clumsy home invaders, or daring DIYers can determine their own bejeweled beautification with glass jewelry-making kits ($8.95–$13.95). The owners, a husband-and-wife team named Frank and Nancy, turn amateur artists into competent craftsmen with jewelry-making, crocheting, and algebra classes.
The staff members at Four Seasons Firewood possess an encyclopedic knowledge of firewood and smoking wood, able to articulate each wood's properties the way a sommelier articulates a wine's flavors. They know which woods ignite the easiest, which release the best aromas, which burn the longest, and which are best for smoking meats or staking down sentient scarecrows. At any given time of year, Four Seasons' lot stocks ricks and cords of split oak, walnut, hickory, pecan, apple, and more, all available for pickup or delivery.
When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
Rather than hypothesizing about what would happen if walls could talk, the masterminds behind Lacy Bella Designs invented an alternative way for walls to express themselves: vinyl decals. Their catalog of easy-to-apply designs, in a rainbow of colors, includes a variety of humorous and inspirational phrases, though customers can also create customized designs featuring a favorite saying, song lyric, or friend’s Social Security number. Chalkboard decals include larger boards for making lists on the fridge as well as smaller labels for jars and containers. Attached with a removable adhesive, the designs are ideal for indoor application in household areas such as bedrooms, kitchens, and entryways. Customers unsure of how a design will mesh with their decor can email Lacy Bella Designs a photo of the room they want to decorate and their favorite design; the staff will edit the design into the photo, free of charge.