Mark's Hallmark hosts unique gifts and Hallmark greeting cards that creatively accent any holiday or special occasion. In the absence of sufficient stashes of construction paper for homemade coupon books, offspring can bestow a Mommy & Me or Grandma & Me keepsake journal upon hard-working matriarchs, both of which include a recording feature where gifters can personalize a message with their own dulcet tones ($24.99 each). Decorative keepsakes such as the Willow Tree Angel of the Heart figurine gift set bequeath knick-knack lovers with a heavenly mantelpiece accent ($14.99), and a trio of candles from Yankee Candle Company greets Mother's Day with aromas of sun and sand, pineapple and cilantro, and lilac blossom ($19.99). New mothers can outfit fresh progeny in a Mud Pie baby outfit ($27.99+).
With a level of care and precision that recalls bakers mixing ingredients for a cake, the Color Surface team applies a concrete coating specially designed to beautify and protect the surfaces of patios, garages, and basement dungeons. The team’s premium coating systems—many of which closely mimic the appearance of polished granite or terrazzo—protect surfaces from staining with advanced construction materials. Epoxy coatings help keep garages clean and dry, and acid-stain systems enhance basements without the risk of mold presented by carpeting or the risk of attack presented by live bear rugs. When they aren’t laying new flooring, the team also builds custom concrete countertops and statues of Teddy Roosevelt to further enhance each home’s look.
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Sarah Bennett’s 22 years of horse experience—including a competition career that began when she was just 6—have led her to her current post as the head instructor at Ainsley Riding Academy. A lifetime around horses has imbued her teachings with a kind and understanding touch that eases the nerves of even the most young and novice rider. Atop friendly lesson horses—either inside the climate controlled indoor facility or under the sun in the outdoor riding ring—students follow a plan for improvement that’s geared toward their needs and goals while always keeping them safe and away from the peer pressure of circus daredevils.
The handymen at Brothers Home Maintenance resurrect homes from the depth of grime on both the inside and out. The fearless professionals brave tall ladders to pluck leaves, twigs, and giants’ toenail clippings from clogged gutters and to scrub windows bird-confusingly clean. They can also power wash exteriors, stain decks, and apply fresh paint to walls and trim. All this craftsmanship would be wasted if they focused solely on the outside of the house, so with equal aplomb, the team works to rekindle frayed electrical systems just in time for the lights to shower attention onto rebuilt carpentry projects, which they tackle with steady workmanship and experience.
The multimedia specialists at Delp Video Services preserve memories through digital conversions and enhance footage through audio and video editing. Home videos preserved on VHS or MiniDV formats obtain sharper focus and easier accessibility after Delp's crew digitizes the memories on DVD. Similarly, tape technicians convert the contents of cassettes, such as old music or archives of favorite crank calls, onto CDs. For commercial accounts, Delp's services range from high-volume duplications bound within custom packaging to promotional-video production.