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.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
This year, Meadow View's maze designers and dungeon masters have designed the eight-acre corn maze in the shape of the city of New Carlisle's Bicentennial and Speedway SuperAmerica logos—though that won't help you much as you gleefully lose yourself in the disorienting twists, turns, and dead-ends at ground level. Along the way, you may encounter figures from the city's past, such as Jesse James, who famously robbed one of his first banks in New Carlisle before giving up thieving and becoming president. Once you've successfully traversed the maze and its litter of minotaurs, you can relax around the campfire in the Kidz Corral, pick up a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, visit the whimsical Pumpkin House, or take part in the goat walk, among other activities.
Community Retail Partnership (CRP) was created in the midst of a tough economy as a way to help individuals, community organizations, and small businesses save money. The company partners with major corporations such as Office Depot, offering everyday people discounts on essential supplies and services.
Lifetime CRP memberships with Office Depot include custom invoicing and reporting for small-business convenience, as well as perks such as free next-business-day delivery of in-stock items on orders of $50 or more. Members also receive 40% off Office Depot finishing services such as binding, stapling, and sealing with family-crest-emblazoned wax. The discount card applies not only to select office supplies, but also to specific paper and printer ink, coffee, and break-room items.
Dayton Discount Furniture Warehouse's low-overhead business model of stocking truckloads of name-brand mattresses and furniture directly from manufacturers unites homes with top-quality sleeping surfaces without muss or fuss. Like mint-condition sets of Supreme Court action figures, each fully warranted item in the spacious 4,000-square-foot warehouse arrives fresh in its original packaging, proudly boasting labels from well-known furnishers such as Serta, Lane, and Simmons. Friendly mattress wranglers and chair curators tend to a menagerie of household wares, filling chambers with sturdy, comfortable furnishings and suitable surfaces for putting in eight-hour sleeping shifts.
The staffers at Special Occasions Party Supply weave art out of air. Their balloon decorations spiral into multicolored columns, bend into archways, and form hanging hearts to garnish events ranging from birthday celebrations to bridal and baby showers. The family-owned business also outfits reception areas with tulle and matching tableware, sprucing up the setting to befit any celebration.
Decorating services are only one facet of their job, however. When they aren't prepping dance halls, they guide independent party planners through the shelves of their two supply stores. Batman- and Disney-princess-themed favors are on hand to charm children, Halloween costumes can conceal identities, and more than 38 solid colors of plates and napkins set attractive schemes. The bouquets of high-grade helium balloons are guaranteed to hover for at least five days. Patrons can also rent helium tanks with do-it-yourself balloon kits, which come with ribbons for each balloon and instructions for knitting sky-size safety nets.