From first sip to final swallow, Abruzzo's bottles all things vino and malted barley and hops into one convenient location, including bottling supplies and at-home wine- and beer-making equipment. Guzzlers can build a twisting tapestry of bitter tastes with the Brewer’s Best equipment kit (a $67.38 value), which includes every tool necessary for concocting barley imbibables––including a home beer-making book and a 6.5-gallon fermenter, perfect for filling party goblets and 6.5-gallon stomachs. Each kit also includes a beer ingredient pack in one of seven flavors (starting at $29.70), including Brewer’s Best American cream ale, American light, English brown ale, English bitter, Scottish ale, Irish red ale, or Bavarian kölsch.
Inside Kent Cycle, rows of handpicked, name-brand bikes from Surly, All-City, and Torker idle atop sleek hardwood floors, hungry for the chance to feel pavement beneath their tires. Elsewhere in the shop, mechanics keep mounts riding smoothly with regular tune-ups, and riding gear such as gloves, messenger bags, and long-sleeve jackets keep torsos free of moisture and safe from road debris and juggling pins lobbed by unicycle gangs.
The professional petal peddlers at Oregon Corners Florist proffer a bevy of fresh blooms, beautiful arrangements, and gourmet gifts to suit any occasion. Light up mom's face with a colorful hydrangea plant, which arrives with an inscribable card, perfect for expressing love and thanks or lodging a formal request for an allowance raise ($71.99+). Or brighten the day of any picnic-loving family member by sending the Bright Day Basket, a handsome hamper bursting with summery seasonal blooms ($44.99+). Flowers speak a language of their own, ranging from a post-date single rose that whispers a hopeful "I want to see you again" ($34.99+) to the loudly cheerful Birthday Cylinder ($38.99+) and the compactly chic Roses in a Glass Cube, which wordlessly expresses what even the most frantically trapped mime cannot ($44.99).
It would be nearly impossible for Jak Figler Designs Ltd to replicate any of their custom jewelry designs. That’s because their pieces are engraved with fingerprints, handprints, footprints, handwriting, and even paw prints. Customers can use prints from birth certificates, or capture new prints at home with one of Jak Figler’s baby-safe kits, or by following their DIY tips using household items such as finger-paints or pudding. After getting their prints on paper, people take a picture with their digital camera or phone and email it in. Using a high-resolution process that can capture even blurry, smeared, or foreign-language prints, designers then create a few options for customers to choose from. Other services include custom engagement and wedding rings, and Ohio pendants that are handmade by local artists.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
The husband-and-wife team behind Skylar's Homemade Cheesecakes
bakes more than 20 varieties of its signature dessert. Some of the recipes simply involve topping the classic cheesecake with fresh strawberries or blueberries, while others mix in layers of kahlua, german chocolate, and key lime flavors. The duo takes extra bits of batter and turns them into cheesecake drops, which are essentially milk-chocolate or dark-chocolate truffles with a cheesecake filling. As dedicated bakers, they craft a variety of other desserts beyond their specialty. For example, they make custom-decorated cookies for any event, using themed shapes and original icing designs to personalize the order.