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.
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.
Memories on Media's team of video-duplication techs takes old, obsolete media—such as VHS, Hi8, Digital 8, Video 8, VHS-C, Mini DV, and DVC—and transfers their contents to DVD. The techs check and test each transfer to ensure memories have remained intact.
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.