For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
The florists at Ogden City Floral and Gift meticulously craft efflorescent bouquets and colorful arrangements using healthy, vivacious plants and flowers. Bask in the aromatic ambience of the Graceful Wonder bouquet, a burst of pink and white roses matched with Peruvian lilies embracing the reflective romance of a glass vase ($40.69). The Lighthearted Moments mini rose plant, nestled in a woven basket, is a dramatic way to greet the warm weather ($19.99), second only to burning away the legs of all your pants with a magnifying glass and a blowtorch.
Founded at Utah's first nature center 36 years ago, the Ogden Nature Center unites unites members of modern civilizationurban-confined nature-lovers with the awe-inspiring creatures, and creepers of nature, fostering appreciation for local landscapes and wildlife while nurturing stewardship for the environment. Potential packs of pioneers may use their family day pass ($12) to tap their inner Lewis and Clarks by traversing the 1.5 miles of walking trails that dot the 152- acre preserve, passing through pleasant picnic areas, the 100-birdhouse- strong Birdhouse Trail, and the tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove, where visitors may boot up high- powered binoculars and spy stronger views of birds in flight and animals mid-meditation. Spot one of the 149 species of birds that have mingled in the nature center, from the majestic bald eagle and the graceful black-chinned hummingbird to the suave afro-topped disco dodo. The center also plays host to a number of indoor facilities, such as the E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews -- rehabilitation center—a building in which day-trippers can meet injured eagles, hawks, and owls up- close --— and two of Utah's greenest buildings (the education and visitor centers), constructed out of eco-friendly materials such as recycled ignorance and whose staffs facilitate instruction on sustainable structures.
First, there are drinks. Many of the classes at Liquid Canvas begin with education about a beverage?whether it's wine or something nonalcoholic?that participants sip before diving into the creative process. Each painting session focuses on a different composition, including flowers, whimsical trees, and unsteady wineglasses. Experienced artists take the lead, sharing tips with students as they tend to their canvases and explaining such painterly concepts as the rule of thirds and why ponytails don't make good brushes. Set to upbeat music, the classes are meant to be relaxed and social, and each participant gets to take their completed masterpiece home.