Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Folsom Bike’s experienced bicycle technicians rehabilitate cycles and pair horseless riders with trusty two-wheeled rentals. During basic tune-ups, pedal physicians pamper asphalt steeds from headset to hub, remedying aches from popping wheelies with derailleur, brake, and bottom-bracket adjustments and ensuring optimal tire pressure and bolt safety. Creaky cables relax under soothing lubes, and newly trued wheels make for rides smoother than a piggyback from a manta ray. During performance tune-ups, gear gurus raise the velocipedal ante with fresh cables, housings, and frame polish before resurfacing brake pads, overhauling brackets, and weaving handlebar streamers into aerodynamic cornrows. Both basic and performance tune-ups are typically complete within 24 hours.
Tots & Teapots celebrates early childhood style with an array of designer togs for tykes and expectant moms. A Kicky Pants peacock shirt-and-pant set ($42.99) adorably swathes toddlers, and the Biscotti I Love You dress ($64.99) allows budding fashionistas to turn the heads of playmates and parents at snack time. Moms-to-be who want to look both fashionable and fertile can garb their baby-toting bods in an Everly Grey maternity dress ($58.99). Bambinos eager to display their new attire can burble commands to be carried home on your shoulders, where all the world can see their stylishness and tremble.
Napa Valley wine, Ghirardelli chocolate, and apples plucked from northern California orchards compose just a few of the Golden State goodies that make up each California Delicious gift basket. The West Coast–themed baskets also come in 100% organic varieties, coupling natural fruits and snacks with organic beers and wines. Suited for a range of occasions from Mother's Day to Gift-Basket Awareness Month, each collection of treats is made in California but deliverable to any state.
Teance bags a dizzying array of 65 tea varieties from countless countries on any given day, which means your three-tea flight will move across your tongue's chessboard with an eclectic gambit of flavor. Before you and your guest commit to specific blends, the veteran tea teachers at Teance will happily provide you with a breakdown of each varietal's origins, ingredients, benefits, and likelihood of it causing one's Beanie Baby collection to appreciate in value. A theoretical flight can start with a floral-scented sip of the year's first flush of Darjeeling before plunging into the smooth, creamy depths of wako matcha, which is made by stone-grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder, then whipping it into a thick, frothy, healthy soup. Cap your taste buds' heavenly ascent with the honey-like, chocolate-infused, monkey-picked tikuanyin medium roast, which only grows on the steep, misty slopes of Treasure Mountain. With so many white, green, oolong, red, black, premium, herbal, and loose-leaf teas, the possible combinations are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. And if you stop in on a weekend or lucky weekday, your tasting will also be paired with a complimentary, handmade, seasonal treat
Laguna Farm takes its name from the body of water it lies next to?the Laguna de Santa Rosa, northern California's largest fresh-water marsh. The marsh provides nourishment to the more than 25-acre organic farm, which coexists with the native oak trees, plants, and wildlife, including song birds and herons. Farmers work to preserve the fertile land while providing Californians with high-quality, pesticide-free food. They offer CSA (community shared agriculture) programs through which participants receive a weekly or bi-weekly box of fresh produce and access to the farm store and vegetable stand. They also sell their produce at area farmers' markets on weekends.
For those who want an up-close look at the farm's operations, they lead tours that teach about farming topics including organic farming, crop rotation, seed saving, water conservation, and regenerative farming practices. These are all practices that they put into place, in addition to soil building and using solar power.