With 22 years of brewing experience, Malty Dog Brewery pours an assortment of handcrafted brews designed to seduce taste buds and tempt ambitious homebrewers with do-it-yourself recipes and homebrewing classes. During the 60-minute introductory class, carbonation creators maneuver through detailed instructions on how to use equipment, perfectly combine hops and malt, and harvest yeast from fields of abundant bread. Participants can savor a flight of four to five beers from Malty Dog’s taps, discussing each ingredient's impact on the flavor, as well as the correlation between foam on the nose and dignity.
At Flower Barn Nursery, a knowledgeable staff of garden experts awaits to help avid green thumbs liven up lackluster landscapes with an assortment of aesthetically pleasing botanicals. Fill in temporary gaps in the garden with vibrant annual flats or invite verdant visitors to return year after year with 1-gallon perennials ($5.99). A large selection of vegetables (starting at $.99, varying by season) makes it easy to jumpstart your seasonal resolution to eat more 4-inch foods, and 4-foot towering arborvitaes ($19.99) make jumpstarting your resolution to see less of the neighbors even easier. The friendly fern fanatics can also help assist gardeners by answering planting questions, deciphering flower species, or choosing complementing lawn ornaments.
The staff at 1-800-4Blinds have been dressing homes with window treatments for the last 40 years. And although blinds are their bread-and-butter?both from Hunter Douglas and their own line?they also boast an impressive selection of shutters, shades, drapery, and even flooring, outfitting abodes from top to bottom. Their services include estimates, based on their products' lifespan, and installation for new window treatments and repairs for old windows that have had one too many cars driven through them.
TwinChetta Creations Gifts & Novelties designs custom silk flower arrangements using natural-looking blooms and greens. Customers can choose from a colorful array of flowers, including red roses, white daisies, and stargazer lilies, to create eye-catching arrangements for weddings and memorials. Each hand-made display is scented with delicate floral oils and Don Juan’s cologne. The staff also crafts fabric-covered hatboxes and wedding brooms and stuffs custom gifts boxes with assorted teas.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.