Edgewater Tree Barn?s trees travel from both local farms and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to decorate living rooms for the holiday season. On sturdy branches, the needles of the fraser and douglas firs twinkle magically under the rays of colorful Christmas tree lights. The trees range in height from 5 to 13 feet, allowing them to fit into tight corners or tower majestically in a stately living room or two-story cave. The lot also supplies wreaths, roping, and other seasonal decorating tools.
In addition to populating homes with seasonal greenery, the holiday helpers behind Edgewater Tree Barn also embody the spirit of the season through their ongoing charitable work. This year, they're collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and the pets in its care.
Spread out across nine locations in New Jersey and New York, Treasure Island Self Storage's complexes safely house personal belongings in climate-controlled units protected by password-controlled gates and overseen by 24-hour video-surveillance feeds. The units come in a variety of sizes and are accessible seven days a week. Customers can take advantage of drive-up access and ground-floor loading, a more convenient way to store trinkets than shipping them to a relative's attic. At each location, a professional consultant is ready to assist customers, and an assortment of boxes, tape, and other packing supplies are available at each location to provide items a smooth and secure passage. Select locations are also U-Haul-authorized dealerships equipped to rent out moving trucks. Other locations provide free use of their own trucks for clients who can't balance a couch on their handlebars.
Armed with memories of his father's and grandfather's winepress, Dominick Chirichillo founded his wine school as a hobby in a basement cellar. Since he began crafting his own wines, he has won 47 medals from national American Wine Society competitions and established a proper winemaking school. During a series of classes, instructors guide students through all the stages of winemaking, from crushing grapes to prepping barrels, removing sediment, and softly singing to expedite fermentation. Students handle the same seasonal grapes—harvested from regions of California and Chile—that Chirichillo blends into more than 40 different varietals for sale by the bottle and case.
Natural ingredients play a big part in the spa services at Butterfly Essential Wellness Spa. For example, seaweed is used for body wraps, green tea for body masks, and honey almond and eucalyptus for foot and leg treatments. The most in-demand ingredient, however, is the shea butter. Without it, the staff wouldn't be able to defy friction during massages or slick the ground during floor-hockey games in the parking lot.
Back in 1959, Joe Spirko and his wife Linda started a tiny fruit stand, home to fresh-grown fruits and veggies, hand-cut flowers, and some seed packets. From those humble beginnings, Strawberry Blossom & Ploch's grew quickly, expanding and then relocating to accommodate local demand. Today, the home and garden center occupies more than five acres of land, where visitors are invited to meander through greenhouses, ask questions, and stock up on black gold: dirt. Indoor and outdoor plants can be found, as well as ground-cover, bulbs, and everything to make the exterior of your home beautiful, including tasteful lawn furniture and accessories for grilling.