Colorful strings of sparkling beads, heaps of yarn, and rows of scrapbook paper adorn Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop. The sprawling, dazzlingly store, which brims with supplies, serves the local area by providing friendly, knowledgable assistance when guests have general questions or need specific answers for home projects. Their full-service frame shop can help preserve memories and memorabilia with custom framing jobs. And classes are offered throughout the month, ranging from card-making tips and tricks to learning to make beautiful handcrafted jewelry.
Factory Fireworks Outlet enhances night skies with thousands of colorful, spraying, exploding, and sparkling lights. Its options include everything from Unicorn Fountain fireworks to snappers and sparklers. Killer Bees, Ground Bloom Flowers, Jack in the Boxes, and much more fill out the shop's massive array of festive fireworks.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Dinners Done Right liberates families from the time-consuming task of menu-planning by offering ready-made dinner ideas and the recipes and ingredients to make them. Customers bring home and cook seasonally rotating grub packages that could include fresh seafood, pasta, or comfort-food entrees. The food factory also invites patrons to attend build-your-own meal sessions, which are more hands-on than a patty-cake tournament. A series of workstations create an in-store dinner assembly line stocked with the tools and ingredients to help create multiple meals to stock empty freezers.
Arrows whiz across 20 to 40 yards at an indoor archery range before impaling a lineup of bull?s-eyes and animal dummies. Since 1971, archers of all skill levels have calibrated their aim and perused the inventory of archery products that adorn the 5,000-square-foot space at The Bow Rack. The shop houses a TechnoHunt virtual archery system, which allows participants to hunt game in a variety of simulated environments without the hassle of traveling or notifying all those poor bull's-eyes' next of kin. The selection of gear at the range includes products from Easton Archery and Hoyt, such as the the Hoyt Buffalo, which is the bow that Katniss uses in The Hunger Games.
Scott Mallory farms worms for a living. "We need to save the planet," he says, and promotes worms’ work as a way to help. According to Scott, the humble earthworm drives nature's system of fertilization, pest resistance, and turf regeneration by infusing soil with powerful microorganisms. Through Fertilelives, he produces compost tea that can bolster anything from home gardens to full-scale farming operations. After feeding his worms organic matter from vegetable scraps to sawdust, he brews the resulting compost and extracts the microorganisms into a solution. He then triggers their rapid growth by feeding them plentiful oxygen and food, such as blue-green algae and philly cheesesteaks. The resulting mix is so powerful that when sprayed onto plants, it neutralizes pest larvae and fungi, but is harmless to kids and pets. As the solution works its way into the soil, it also promotes turf regeneration, keeping soil nutrient rich.
In addition to producing compost teas for home gardens, Scott also produces it on a scale for commercial farms, freeing them of the need for industrial chemicals that, while keeping away insects, can also harm turf-regenerating bacteria and damage long-term soil health. Through his spray service, he also helps farmers spray their crops with it. One of his proudest moments came in 2011 when he delivered compost tea to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm. That season, its pumpkin patch was one of the few in the area untouched by an outbreak of powdery mildew fungus.
Beyond his compost-tea production, Scott helps hobby and professional farmers maintain organic, sustainable practices through services such as soil testing, classes, and consulting drawn from the methods he uses to grow his own food. He also appears frequently at local farmers' markets, such as the Springfield Farmers' Market on Fridays and the Cottage Grove Growers Market.