Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
Since 1902, Sterling Cut Glass's team of raffish adventurers have traveled the world acquiring its highest-quality handmade glassware and crystal treasures, first for the shop's colorful in-store displays and now for its 1080p online shop. A wide array of products from classic brands await to sparkle in the eyes of crystal connoisseurs, including Waterford round ring holders ($65), Marquis by Waterford votives ($39), Orrefors bowls ($45), and Miller Rogaska martini glasses ($35) and cakestands ($85). All of the shiny glass goods can be bought as is or personalized with a monogram to make sure that your exquisite crystal coffee vase doesn't get confused with anyone else's at the office.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
With over 100 years of experience in the fine art of floristry, the Durban family offers a large selection of flowers, as well as gift baskets, lollipop bouquets, fresh brownies, and other smile-inducing gift ideas. Welcome in the season of rebirth with Easter selections such as an Easter centerpiece ($49.95), a whimsical blooming garden basket ($39.95), or a traditional Easter lily ($29.95). Young men whose fancy has lightly turned to thoughts of love can pitch the season's first woo-ball with a lovely budvase with three red roses ($29.95). A birthday-balloon bouquet ($39.95) will cheerily commemorate a person's oldening, while a fresh-cut market-basket bouquet ($39.95) provides a perky pick-me-up for any holiday or occasion. And a Taste of Cincinnati basket ($39.95) stuffed with local foods is always a nice floral alternative for any triffid-traumatized gift recipient.
Rubbed-bronze lanterns twinkle within a garden decorated with copper birdfeeders and stoneware statuettes from J Britten & Co. Along with garden decor, the shop spruces up homes with antique styles of Veeders Mailbox and other brands, whimsical rain gauges, and other often locally or American-made products. The shop specializes in luring birds into yards with its vast selection of bird supplies, from houses to baths, as well as with its selection of bird food, from seeds to steak frites.
For 30 years, the home-improvement contractors at Columbia Exteriors have been installing quality windows, doors, roofing, and siding that beautify homes and bolster energy efficiency. The airtight, insulated chambers of new windows trap in escaping heat, and shingled roofing materials keep out the elements. Technicians can also robe exteriors in soffit siding or fascia roof coverings that help prevent damage by covering any gaps that could collect water.