Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year—such as a salute to the American soldier—and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
For 14 years, Ben Franklin Crafts has dispensed high-quality craft supplies, custom floral products, and personalized framing. Artsy customers can concoct an aesthetically astute masterpiece using Ben Franklin Crafts' vast selection of fabrics (starting at $3.99/yd.), yarns (starting at $1), and beads (starting at $1). Patrons who fawn over flowers will find a plant-filled paradise in the full-service floral department. Nostalgia nuts and amnesiacs alike can produce nifty memory tomes with Ben Franklin's scrapbook materials. With custom framing (starting at $50, depending on frame style and size) and a selection of snazzy picture frames, customers will stylishly commemorate college diplomas and world-record certificates for eating the most muffins in one hour.
At artéé fabrics & home, a customer’s vision for a piece of furniture can truly become a reality. Headed by 20-year industry veteran Arti Bhandari Mehta, the staff can draft, design, and build the customer’s envisioned piece and upholster it with a handpicked fabric. These fabrics—which can also be used to make custom draperies and bedding—are the main attraction at artéé, where wall-to-wall racks are draped with thousands of cottons, chenilles, velvets, mohairs, and linens. They arrange their fabrics by color so that clients can easily find fabrics that fit the color palette with which they are working. The showroom also houses yarn, pillow stuffers, and accessories to complement the rich swatches of fabric on display.
HomeBrew USA sets soon-to-be brewmasters on a path to filling up kegs and bottles with homemade concoctions, outfitting frothy-art aficionados with all the necessary apparatuses to get started. An ideal Father's Day gift for craft-brew-crazy dads, a comprehensive homebrewing equipment kit should contain all the necessary hardware for fermenting, bottling, and capping, including buckets, siphon, airlock, hydrometer, and a security system that loudly plays "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" to ward off intruders. For a simple-yet-effective setup, the Bare Bones kit employs single-stage fermentation, in which brewing and bottling are done in the same vessel ($49.99), and the Basic bundle boosts brewers to the next level with an extra bottling vessel for clearer beer and easier carbonation, plus a bottle filter, brush, and cleaner ($96.99). More proactive beer-makers can pick up the Plus package, which sports a complete dual-fermentation system, using two buckets and a five-gallon glass carboy for a multi-stage process that reduces yeast sediment and creates clearer beer ($160).
The Daily Press's brigade of ace reporters keeps its readership abreast of the latest local happenings, sports scores, and classifieds. In addition to mending breaking news and fact-checking opinion columns, subscribers can monitor thrice-weekly updates in job opportunities and cultural events such as new museum exhibits and soirees for charity. Recipes, grocery coupons, and restaurant coverage are printed in Wednesday editions, and Saturday's paper covers local real-estate and health news. Sunday editions arrive jam-packed with coupons and savings nestled beside tips and personalized offers in the Savvy Shopper section. Readers are also privy to horoscopes, notices for nearby garage sales, and listings for apartments recently vacated by renowned treasure hunters.
For Robert Stokes Jr., making a vehicle shine like it did the day it left the assembly line isn't just a talent, but a family dedication passed on from generation to generation. His father first taught him the value of caring for an automobile, giving him the inspiration to open his own mobile auto-detailing service in 1995. Robert's down-to-earth approach to dealing with clients and his scrutinizing eye for detail helped his business grow into a full-service production with two physical locations and several mobile cleaning units. No vehicle is too big or too small for Robert’s crew at The Gift Auto Detailing Center; they have serviced everything from tiny coupes and honey-I-shrunk-the-station-wagons to speedboats and large storage trailers.