Direct Tools Factory Outlet equips crafty builders with an ample supply of hardware, vacuums, grills, and table saws sourced directly from top manufacturers. Grilling and outdoor kitchen equipment from STOK provision barbecues and cookouts with juicy briskets and steaks through a steady supply of discontinued, reconditioned, and factory-overrun products?brand-new, unused equipment shipped directly from the assembly line after excess production or accidental cloning. Dirt Devil vacuums suction off contaminants from carpets and shop floors, while an arsenal of drills and table saws from Ryobi lends structural soundness to household projects with speedy efficiency and trusty precision.
Peruse the hundreds of items in Dallas Pridgen's online selection, where all that glitters is gold, silver, or platinum. Select a suitably adorable gift for animal lovers, such as the silver whale brooch ($49) or the 14K gold elephant pendant ($66), or communicate with holiday spirits via seasonal jewelry ($25–$1,132). Fans of whimsy and Sandra Boynton buffs will delight in Dallas Pridgen's exclusive Boynton line ($49–$1,499), which renders the author and illustrator's inimitable characters in sterling and gold. The Juliet series spotlights elegant and feminine lines, like those that form the Juliet's heart pendant (silver $98, gold $799), a thoughtful gift to perk up a girlfriend, sister, or forlorn ventriloquist dummy.
In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
Creeping across a 5-acre swath of the Haw River Valley, 16 varieties of grapevines sprout from fertile, sandy soil, twisting their leafy arms around trellises and soaking in the lush, grape-growing climate. Benjamin's artisan enophiles hand pluck each of the muscadine, french, and hybrid grapes that blanket this vineyard. The grapes are escorted into the afterlife inside fermenting barrels where they live on as red and white wines for every taste—from dry dinner varietals and sweet country classics to seasonal bouquets. The whole creative process is observed by spectating visitors who wind through the idyllic facilities on self-guided tours—often including picnics on the winery’s covered porch, or perusals of of local art at the gift shop.
As an ecofriendly facility, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery employs sustainable practices, such as composting agricultural products, recycling bottles and other reusables, and growing plants with nightly bedtime reading instead of pesticides.
While in Sonoma on business in 1992, tech entrepreneur Max Lloyd fell in love with the fermented grape. Though his father and grandfather had been in the business of winemaking, it wasn't until his encounter with California-grown, European-style varietals that he resolved to dabble in the family trade himself. Launched as a part-time project in Virginia and transplanted to its current location in 2001, Grove Winery and Vineyards culls its grapes from two estate vineyards that span more than 70 acres in addition to a handful of local vineyards. The staff meticulously handpicks the grapes and gently presses them with a basket press to yield their fresh milk.
The capable cobblers at Sykes Shoe Repair mend worn-out heels, soles, and partial soles on men's and women's shoes, performing minor repairs in minutes. Nimble hands can put out-of-commission men's shoes back in business, fixing half soles ($35) or full soles ($59) with rubber or leather, including an imported Italian variety called Vibram that protects feet while singing romantic arias. Shoe remodelers also transform men's heels ($18) or heels and half soles ($45) languishing in disrepair. Women's flats or high heels that have deteriorated from workaday weariness enjoy restored heels ($9), large heels ($14), or protective soles and heels ($25). Sykes’s loafer overhaulers can also repair luggage, handbags, and specialty shoes for individuals in the industrial, military, fire and police, or professional-clowning fields.