Edible Arrangements’ creative staff fashions tasty gifts from fresh fruit—such as cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes—picked at its peak ripeness. Chocolate-dipped strawberries, keepsake teddy-bear containers, and “happy birthday” balloons may be added on request to enhance arrangements. But no additives, preservatives, or temptation-inducing serpents find their way into bouquets, ensuring a healthy snack for recipients.
Westchester County's largest paint and decorating store specializing in Benjamin Moore & California paints, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, designer wall coverings & fabrics, custom window treatments, bedding, home accessories, and more.
Air conditioners. Ziti. Cars. Baby toys. Those are just a few of the products the scientists at Consumer Reports might be testing in one of 50 specialized labs. Those experts have years of experience in their respective areas, and they'll apply that expertise to help consumers make the best possible purchasing decisions. Everything is specialized; in-house sensory professionals sample food items, and an enormous auto test track allows researchers to suss out cars' strengths and weaknesses. But typical users pitch in as well; more than one million ordinary people have contributed feedback on a broad range of experiences, products, and services.
The venerable consumer advocacy institution has been performing these tests since 1936, when mass-media advertising began in full swing, and the American public could be easily misled by the claims of a slick radio commercial campaign or particularly catchy Morse code rhythm. Thanks to Consumer Reports' tireless efforts, safety belts in cars became stronger, door locks on houses more secure, and the nation's water supply safer to drink. Armed with the knowledge of extensive testing and first-hand testimonies from millions of real people, Consumer Reports.org allows consumers access to ratings, reviews, reliability data, and buying advice on thousands of products, free from any corporate influence or bias.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,330 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonades.
Around the time he turned double digits, Damien Ramirez started drawing tattoo designs on family and friends. By 18, the self-taught tattoo artist had upped the stakes, tattooing himself and others with permanent ink. Since 2010, he's showcased his talents at Damm Nice Tattoos and Fine Art, where he covers human canvasses in customized designs that cover everything from exaggerated new-school cartoons to spiritual iconography. Damien can even tweak or enhance tattoos you already have by subtly modifying the design, rather than covering you in skin-colored ink. Besides the art he applies to bodies, Damien creates masterful fine art pieces which he sells from the studio.