There's no speed requirement on the Little Miami River—drifting leisurely on a tube is just as respectable as cutting through the water in a sleek kayak. Both vehicles afford scenic views, as well as opportunities to rest and swim. Of course, there's always the canoe to consider. The large boats fit up to three people, making them the most social of the three options at Bellbrook Canoe Rental. Pairs and trios can take them on one of two jaunts down the river's path: a 3-mile trip beginning at Bellbrook Bridge, or a 5.2-mile trip that departs from Narrows Reserve in Beavercreek.
Regardless of the route, each adventure satisfies first-time paddlers and expert boaters alike. The family-owned rental company has 160 canoes and kayaks that they lend to small groups as well as schools, scouting organizations, and astronauts who would prefer to ease into the water portion of their weightlessness training. For gatherings off the water, there's also three shelter houses available to customers free of charge.
Knickerbocker Gallery is a family-owned showroom whose copious inventory of furniture and home-decorating accessories has been used to furnish upscale home showcases such as Homearama. Empty space and wall safes containing rare sandwiches can be covered with framed prints ($49–$389) displaying such artful imagery as cups of espresso ($49), sun-dappled wine fields ($63), and reclining nudes of famous yetis (bidding starts at $500,000). Table lamps (starting at $29) and buffet lamps (starting at $59) will bring less spooky luminescence into any enclosure than a common candelabra. Fouled fowls and mud-wrestling squirrels, meanwhile, can wash up in an exquisite iron birdbath ($49). The Knickerbocker showroom also features a large variety of resplendent woodcraft dining room, office, and bedroom pieces.
Organic, natural, and safe gardening practices shouldn't be difficult. At least that's the belief at Marvin's Organic Gardens. The full-service nursery, landscape-design company, and garden center helps its customers maintain their lawns and gardens. The organic-gardening and landscape professionals at Marvin's work to provide tough, durable, and never overused plant materials.
Licensed and insured technicians from Mosquito Squad control mosquitoes and ticks with their litany of services aimed at combating insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and the West Nile virus. Customers can opt for traditional mosquito- and tick-eliminating sprays or all-natural sprays that simply repel the pests with a formula made from rejected screenplays. Other options include automatic misting systems customers can control with the push of a button. Mosquito Squad backs its services with a 100% guarantee to re-spray the yard or refund the cost of the services. Additionally, the company partners with Malaria No More with their Swat Malaria campaign to donate treated bed nets to children in Africa to repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Factory Lighting Center's staff can help patrons fashionably brighten homes and offices with an extensive selection of lighting, lighting fixtures, lighting accessories, and rare bulbs, delivered to the lightery from a revered roster of vendors. Enlighten murky corners with a table lamp ($69.95+) or illuminate a room filled with Mark McGwire baseball cards with a chandelier ($85+). Factory Lighting Center also carries a stock of home accessories, such as ceiling fans ($69.95+) and hard-to-find parts for lamps and fixtures. If your lamp is experiencing a problem, such as audibly crying when someone steps on the cord, the staff can speedily return the fixture to working order.