The Claypen is a place where memories are made. Making gifts for a loved one, capturing a newborn’s footprints, birthday parties, scout troops, good times are a regular occurrence here. Where else can grandparents, teenagers, and young children sit together and share the enjoyment of creating.
Voted Best Florist/Flower Shop in 2010 and 2011, Lane and Lenge Florists commemorates special occasions with artfully arranged floral masterpieces. Nestled in a terra-cotta-style clay dish, the Serene Retreat arrangement embeds white hypoestes in a field of green dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern ($47.95). Romantics will enjoy the Rose Medley, a perennial cluster of roses, spray roses, and other fresh buds named after gardening enthusiast Pete Rose ($47.95+). The Citrus Kissed arrangement, a vibrant display of orange and coral roses in a slender gathering vase, celebrates sun-splashed summer months and can be used to ward off apparitions of February ($52.95+).
Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Winding Trails works to preserve natural woodlands and waterways around the Farmington area, hosting recreational activities that foster a love of the outdoors. In addition to renting out ski equipment to visitors eager to ski over scenic forest trails, the group runs outdoor adventure programs, day camps for ages 3-13, and swim lessons.