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.
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.
At RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Frank and Lenna Hobson till land that's been owned by three generations of the Hobson family. As a result, they've transformed a rustic North Carolina estate into a sunny vineyard full of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Guests sip local vintages during tours and tastings, or mingle over sandwiches and cheese plates at the Back Door Cafe.
One Christmas when Skinny Wheels founder Eric Phillips was young, his dad bought the entire family 10-speed bicycles for Christmas. Nearly every weekend after, he rode with his brother and father five miles into town for a biscuit breakfast before enjoying a leisurely ride back home. After years of riding for fitness and participating in races, he began a cycling club in Mocksville to encourage casual cyclists to explore Mocksville’s back roads and small-town geography. After finding that the lack of a local bike shop deterred riders who worried about getting a flat or repairing their own bikes, Phillips opened Skinny Wheels Bike Shop to fill that inconvenient gap.
Through the Skinny Wheels store, weekly summer rides, and cycling advocacy, Phillips hopes to nurture a casual cycling culture in Mocksville and encourage those who remain wary of cycling after being bitten in their youth by wild bikes. The shop’s mechanics custom-build bikes and tackle mechanical problems on everything from high-end cycles to department-store bikes. Fuji, Terry, Breezer, and Kestrel bikes cater to men and women traveling on the road, biking over dirt trails, or competing in triathlons, whereas used bikes provide an affordable starting point for new cyclists. Phillips summarizes cycling’s appeal by saying, “You experience life more on a bicycle than in a car,” whether you’re inhaling the fresh breeze over an open field or finding beauty in neighborhoods that a driver may ignore.