Family-owned and operated since 1995, White Orchard Home Furnishings (formerly Quaker Country Home) offers a wide variety of high-quality traditional and contemporary furniture and accessories with which to dapple a home. The two-story showroom in historic Grange Hall houses shaker, mission, traditional, and modern styles of abode furnishings, much of which is built in the U.S. and sourced from more than 37 manufacturers. Spruce up a natural habitat or make an unnatural habitat of sterile rocks and Theremin strains more congenial with framed artwork ($48+), stylish lamps ($125+), or solid wood furniture crafted from pine, maple, or cherry wood ($125+). Armchairs ($397+) and sofas ($997+) offer a comfy place for weary soul sacks to relax and recline after an exhausting day protecting organs from skeletal onslaughts.
"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.
For years, Rebecca Ruger collected the smooth pieces of glass that washed up on Lake Erie?s beaches. It started out as a pastime, but one day, she had a creative impulse and used some of the pieces to make a piece of artwork as a gift for her boyfriend. After that, she continued to create glass-based artwork, selling the pieces at craft shows alongside her jewelry-maker daughter. The work began to grow in popularity, and today, Ruger owns her own art boutique?Beach Bum Glass Cottage.
According to metroWNY, Ruger and her boyfriend now spend more than 20 hours each week scouring the Hamburg beaches for the glass, driftwood, and fossils that she uses to make the artwork and jewelry in her shop. Ruger also supports other local artisans by stocking handmade products that range from dog treats to soy candles.
When wintertime rolls around, there's so much to do around New York, from ice-skating at Bryant Park to seeing the Rockettes perform. If shoppers are looking to rival Rockefeller Center's tree, however, they should head to Holiday Central. Its various locations offer loads of holiday merchandise, including Christmas trees and ornaments, as well as holiday bows and ribbons.
William's Florist & Gift House’s botanical tenders weave verdant tendrils into striking bouquets and gifts for all occasions inside their quaint storefront. Purple orchids nestle under an exotic palm leaf in the Zen Artistry bouquet’s lush container ($42.95+), and the Be My Love bouquet melts icy hearts and snowmen shaped like ex-boyfriends with roses and carnations delicately placed in a ruby red vase ($47.95+). Teleflora's Be Happy bouquet mixes yellow roses and chrysanthemums in a smiling vase ($34.95+), and the Uniquely Chic bouquet stylizes tabletops with myriad colored roses in a cubic glass vase ideal for angular décor ($47.95+).
The cooking school's team of cooking instructors and chefs work diligently to instill a love of cooking in students of all ages. Inside the Kids’ Kitchen, children ages 3 to 6, assisted by their parents and helped along by friendly instructors, prepare healthy, kid-friendly fare. As they work through recipes, the Future Chefs class participants also learn kitchen essentials such as measuring skills, pot and pan protocol, and how to operate small appliances. During adult classes, adult students roll up their sleeves and dive into multipart recipes, from a Provençal-style zucchini and greens torte to sweet-potato casserole. Adult students can choose from hands-on and demonstration-style classes, and the cooking school's chefs and instructors keep household menus fresh by leading new classes every three months. In addition to taking traditional cooking classes, grown-up students can also improve their eating habits with healthy lifestyle classes. Taught by registered dietitians, the classes cover food's impact on current health issues, and prepare students to make the good dietary decisions that will stay with them for the rest of their long, wellness-filled lives.