The creative craftspeople at The Enchanted Cottage augment memory makers with more than 35,000 products stocked inside its old-fashioned roller mill. As customers pass under the sloping red roof, Spellbinders’ Shapeabilities, Nestabilities, and Borderabilities lines ($9.99+) beckon, ready to lovingly border snapshots and tag surfaces with declarations of love, inspiration, or heirloom pancake recipes. Additionally, thousands of acid-free papers make sure that keepsakes stay fresh for years to come, while Tim Holtz embossing folders ($11.55+) and Memory Box dies ($5.25+) help crafters add flair to their fondest recollections. Though they are not included with this Groupon, The Enchanted Cottage often hosts a variety of classes, taught by employees and visiting instructors, in disciplines including stamping, scrapbooking, and drawing flipbooks depicting your wedding reception.
The Raffaldini family has been making wine since before Shakespeare started writing plays. Centuries later, their North Carolina vineyard carries on tradition, hosting more than 8 grape varieties on highly specialized soil.?
In fact, the location is so key to the wine's flavor that the family looked at more than 60 prospects before deciding on the Swan Creek AVA in the Yadkin Valley. Its microclimate produces unique grape clusters that are then sorted by hand, macerated, and aged. But the wines aren't the only remnant of Italy that the Raffaldinis brought with them: they also built a Tuscan-style villa, complete with Italian art and a tasting room with mountain views.
Guests to the vineyard can explore this remarkable building during tours and events, such as seasonal tasting dinners. The outdoors are just as welcoming, and the villa's spread of picnic-ready food encourages visitors to snack and drink on the grounds. The vineyard also houses its own certified wildlife habitat, so be on the lookout for butterflies, birds, and herds of migrant corks.
All-Things-Wood.com designs their staining, stripping, and refinishing services with an eye toward the long-term health of both the wood and the environment. Certified green stains by OneTime, TimberOX Green, and Woodrich—which come with three- or seven-year warrantees—works in conjunction with low-pressure, high-volume washing to reduce the need for potentially erosive pressure washing. The company's licensed, bonded, and insured technicians select low-VOC, lead-free, eco-friendly stains and products for all indoor and outdoor services, while decks also enjoy comprehensive protection via anti-mold, anti-mildew, anti-algae, and UV sun-guard treatments, which shield slats from embarrassing tan lines. Completely confident in the quality of work delivered by its craftsmen, All-Things-Wood backs all services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will even pay for maid service if they fail to contain less than 95% of the dust generated during the refinishing of interior floors or cabinets.
Hal Kaplan lived every child’s dream: his parents owned a toy store. No ordinary toy store proprietors, Hal’s parents, Leon and Renee Kaplan, were adamant about searching the globe for toys that promoted learning through play, a concept that continues on at Kaplan Early Learning Company to this day. The Kaplans discovered toys that approached learning from three angles: cognitive, physical, and social-emotional. With these products in hand, tots could play to their heart’s content as their brains absorbed knowledge in areas such as science, math, music, and the arts. Today, from a 350,000-square-foot distribution center, Kaplan dispatches thousands of toys and educational materials, which range from blocks to costumes to baby’s first ergonomic baby jogger.
Soapsuds are no strangers to the shiny surfaces of Black Tie Transportation's fleet of luxury vehicles. That's because the staff washes and details them daily, resulting in pristine rides for airport, event, and wedding transportation services. Professional drivers pilot each trip aboard one of their ten different vehicle types, including Lincoln Towncars, a shuttle van, a Lincoln Navigator stretch limo, and a 57-passenger motor coach with TVs, DVD player, and Wi-Fi. Though passengers can create their own itineraries using macaroni and glue, Black Tie Transportation also orchestrates guided tours of wineries, historical sites, and cities.
After their wedding, Michael and Amy Helton planned to take a month-long hiatus from their careers as art teachers to visit Southern France. On the trip, however, they discovered a passion for viticulture and Old World winemaking that ended up transforming their lives. When they returned home, they did their research, purchased land in the Yadkin Valley, then planted vines and tastefully transformed the old farmhouse, built in 1897, into a tasting room. In 2000, several years after the trip that changed their lives, they opened their doors to the public, serving their very first harvest of original wines made to honor the flavors they discovered in France.