Posts Tagged with 'stores'

Going Out of Business Sale: The Dinner Company

on October 29th, 2008 by

As you may have learned from my previous article, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. They are having a raffle and a Going Out of Business Sale. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from them regarding the Going Out of Business Sale:

“This weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 1st-3rd, we will be holding a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE from 7am to 7pm each day where we will be selling meals, spoodles, recipe books, furniture, decorations, office equipment, and commercial kitchen equipment. Everything must go!”
– The Dinner Company

In a flyer that accompanied the email, they also stated that “Many items will be 50-75% off” and listed many of the items they are selling:

  • Home Décor Items (couch, lighting, plants, pictures, rugs, etc.)
  • Office Equipment (computer, printer, fax, small items)
  • Large Restaurant Equipment (double door freezers, refrigerators, sandwich units, prep tables, 3 bin sink, shelving units, etc.)
  • Small Kitchen Wares (measuring cups, knives, cutting boards, bins, pans, spoons/spatulas)
  • Meals (many of from our favorites menu)
  • Miscellaneous Items (food, SS sink, toilet)

So, please visit The Dinner Company located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 in the same shopping center as the Old West Steak House on Saturday, November 1st thru Monday, November 3rd during the hours of 7am-7pm.

Chance to Win $20,000 in Cash

on October 29th, 2008 by

As you may have learned from my previous article, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. They are having a raffle and a Going Out of Business Sale. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from them regarding the raffle:

“We are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $20,000 in cash.  It is a way for one of our lucky participants to take home a wonderful prize and for us to recoop some of the costs that we have incurred as closing small business owners.  Your support would mean a great deal to us.  Each ticket is $20 or you can get 3 for $50.  The drawing will be held on Friday, January 30th. We will be selling tickets during our going out of business sale as well as by phone and through friends and customers.  We would greatly appreciate it, if you know of anyone that may be interested in this great opportunity, to please have them call us for their tickets *phone numbers omitted*. Our goal is to sell 3000 tickets.”
– The Dinner Company

Cake Decorating Class

on September 20th, 2008 by

Last week Carla, Meghan, and I went to our first class of The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Course 1 at Michael’s Craft Store. I was hesitant at first, not knowing how much I would have to spend and how much I would get out of the class. I thought that I should check it out thought since I would get to spend some quality time with friends and get to learn something new. After a few questions were asked of the helpful Michael’s employees, I decided to join the class. Luckily, the cost of the class was 50% off for the month of September, so the class was only $17.50 and that is for all 4 lessons (1 class per week for 4 weeks) and that included the workbook for Course 1.

Cake Course 1 BookCake Course 1 Student KitCake Course 1 Student Kit

The way our class worked was we didn’t need any tools for the first class, we just watched the teacher, asked questions, and took notes for this class and what we needed for the next class. The last part of the class the first night involved the teacher taking us to the section of Michael’s where the cake decorating items are located. She showed us various tools needed and what was optional and then let us paruse at our leisure. There was no obligation to buy at Michael’s, however, after some consideration, I chose to buy my items there and save some time knowing that I would be buying nice items that would last me a while.

If you don’t have any cake decorating tools to begin with, like I did, there is a bit of a start-up cost along with the cost of the class. As for the necessary tools, they have a Course 1 Student Kit that includes the “essential tools” for this class like decorator bags and tips, couplers, a spatula, a practice board, and a few other items for about $25. In addition, I chose to buy a cake carrier (since we would have to bring a cake to class each night and I didn’t have any safe way of getting a cake to class) for $15 and a cake turntable (to help with not having to turn the cake constantly and allowing for more even icing) for $10.

There are other essentials needed for the class like what you will need to bake a cake and ice it each week along with the practice icing that needs to be made which is different for each class session. Some the items for this include: meringue powder, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, flavor, icing color, and cake ingredients that you prefer. Also, there are other things for the class you will need which are small derby clown heads, waxed paper, and piping gel (but we didn’t need piping gel in our class, yet). A few of the non-essential items that could be helpful depending on what you want to accomplish are a cake leveler, extra couplers, extra decorator bags and other tips for creativity along with so many more things. The cost can really add up quick but to get the necessary extras, it can be between $20-40 depending on what you buy and where you buy it.

So far, I have attended 2 classes and have really enjoyed them. It is still a little girlee for me at times, but it really is a lot of fun and I have learned to really appreciate the art of cake decorating and why professionally decorated cakes cost so much – it really takes skill and patience to get it just right. The class is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about decorating cakes – to be a professional or for fun. I think this class is perfect for those who want to have fun and be able to make and decorate cakes for family and friends’ birthdays and the like.

Dinners Made Easy

on May 12th, 2008 by

There is a company in Salisbury, MD where in about 2 hours you can prepare meals. Once prepared all you need to do is take the meals home, put them in the freezer, thaw when needed, cook, and dinner is done. It is a lot of fun and it actually saves time and money.

The Dinner Company is the place. Located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 in the same shopping center as the Old West Steak House.

There are a range of meal options including chicken, fish, beef, and vegetarian meal ideas that change monthly. There are also serving options of 2 to 3 people or 4 to 6 people and either 6 or 12 meals. Big benefits for a small additional cost include Pick-up where they prepare your meals and then you just go pick them up at their location and Delivery where they prepare your meals and deliver them to you.

I just completed my 5th visit to them and the 4th consecutive month of getting meals, it has been a joy to prepare with the help of The Dinner Company. No planning is needed other than deciding which meal to remove from the freezer and thaw. And, when I forget to thaw the dinner, I can just add time to the cook time. The directions are on stickers that you place on the meals after preparation. No containers are needed other than the recommended laundry basket in which to carry your meals home.

Please help support a local business and save time and money in the process. Check out their site for lots more cool info, meal choices, and schedules.

Also, there are more locations of the Dinner Companies in Westminster, MD and Ocean City, MD. You can find all the information at the Dinner Company website.

Earth-friendly Products

on April 10th, 2008 by

Over the past couple of months, I have been asked a couple of times which earth-friendly products I use, so I thought I would share my knowledge and experience.

Most of the earth-friendly products we buy for household and personal care are made by 3 companies: Seventh Generation, method, and JASON. The products are petroleum-free, chlorine-free, toxin-free, cruelty-free, and organic (where the option exists). The reasons we buy these products are many and here are some of them:

  • reduce oil consumption by using smaller plastic bottles though concentrated products, using products that do not contain petroleum, and using items that are made with recycled plastic
  • reduce pollution of our water by using products that do not contain toxins, petroleum, chlorine, and the like
  • reduce air pollution in our home by using products that do not contain toxins, petroleum, chlorine, and the like
  • reduce toxins in our bodies by using products that do not contain toxins, petroleum, chlorine, and the like

Seventh Generation: Laundry, Dishwashing, Household cleaners, Household paper and supplies, For Baby, Feminine Care.
Places that I have found the brand: Drugstore, Amazon, Seventh Generation, Gaiam, Babies R Us, and many more

  • Dishwasher Detergent: Free & Clear Automatic Dishwasher Powder
    Our use: We use city water and the detergent cleans the dishes quite well. We only do minimal pre-washing when it is absolutely necessary. There have been a couple of times that there was still food on a dish or two, but it they were cases where the dishes sat in the dishwasher for a week (we only run the dishwasher once a week) and it was a food that likes to harden like concrete when dry.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    Our use: Cleans well. Major stains are a little rougher to remove, but I think it would be difficult with other cleaners too.
  • Glass and Surface Cleaner
    Our use: Doesn’t evaporate too quickly. I have not experienced any streaking as long as I wipe the cleaner on the windows until dry.
  • 100% Recycled Paper Towels
    Our use: It took a little for my dad to get used to them, but we love them.
  • Recycled Trash Bags
    Our use: Even though I bought the bags a couple months ago, we used our first one last week. It went well. No breaking or leaking and worked just like other kitchen drawstring bags but they are partially made of recycled plastic, so they are better for the environment.

method: Laundry, Dishwashing, Household cleaners, Aircare, Personal care, Cleaning cloths.
Places that I have found the brand: Target (in store), Drugstore, Amazon, and many more. Here is method’s store locator.

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Spray & All Purpose Cleaner: Wipes
    Our use: It cleans the bathroom and kitchen beautifully. I have a bottle of spray and a container of wipes in each bathroom so a quick clean up can be done at anytime without running around the house trying to find a cleaner. Best part is that my eyes don’t burn when I clean which means that I enjoy it so much more.
  • Daily Shower Spray & Tub + Tile Spray
    Our use: The shower has never been cleaner. Both bottles hang inside the shower. The daily spray minimizes the hard cleaning and the tub and tile spray gets the job done for the good scrubbing. Again, no eye burning and breathing isn’t stifled from chemical – great stuff!
  • Laundry Dryer Cloths, Laundry Fabric Softener & Laundry Detergent
    Our use: I do all of the laundry in one day a week and I use one dryer sheet for all 3 loads. I know that Method says to use one for every 2 loads, however, that 3 load (and sometimes a 4th) doesn’t seem to get short changed with the extended use of one dryer sheet. The detergent gets our clothes cleaned the fabric softener gives the clothes that extra softness and in its concentrated format, uses less water and less plastic. Lots of pluses.
  • Aroma Soy Candle & Aroma Spray
    Our use: Certain scents are better than others and for different times of the season. There haven’t been any scents we don’t like, just ones that are stronger than others. I love the aroma spray for the bathrooms and the candles get used in every room of the house. I have been so happy converting to soy based candles since they are cleaner and healthier. I think there are only a couple of petroleum based candles left in our house and they are usually just tealights since I have not found a soy candle alternative for tealights yet.
  • Microfiber Cloth: Window + Glass
    Our use: I bought this cloth before there were others like it on the market (or at least before they were easy to find). I find that the texture of the cloth works perfectly on windows.
  • Hand wash & Foaming Hand Wash
    Our use: We use these two soap interchangeably. Most of the time though the foaming hand wash is found in the bathroom most used and the thicker hand wash in the other bathrooms. Once we bought a few of the foaming hand wash bottles, we just refill them by adding a certain amount of the thick hand wash with water and lightly shaking to mix. The mixture works perfectly and we are saving money and using healthier cleaning products… woohoo!

JASON: Personal care.
Places that I have found the brand: Vitamin Shoppe (online and in store), Drugstore, Amazon, GNC (online and in store), and many more.

  • Satin Shower Body Wash
    Our use: We have tried many scents and some are stronger than others, but most don’t noticeably hang with you for long. I love the pump feature. Personally, we usually fill a dispenser on the wall, but the pump is still really nice. It cleans. It smells nice. It’s great.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner: Lavender 70% Organic
    Our use: Just bought the Lavender, so I will have to update later on the use. We were using the Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo & Conditioner and realized that it was just not necessary and the conditioner was thick. If we had scalp problems, then it might work really well, but I can’t comment on its effectiveness.
  • Toothpaste with Fluoride and CoQ10
    Our use: Cleans teeth well. There are options for no fluoride and no CoQ10 if that is your thing. I however like the fluoride and it works well for me. I have tried most flavors and some flavors are more powerful than others, however, unlike with other toothpastes, I can eat after brushing my teeth and not have my food taste differently because I just brushed my teeth.
  • Red Elements Skin Care: Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 & Hydrating Night Crème
    Our use: Everyday use. I have had no breakouts from the product. The night creme is heavier than the daily lotion, but neither feel like you are wearing anything once it dries. I only thing I notice when I don’t wear the products is that my face feels drier which makes sense.

Health Store in Salisbury!

on March 18th, 2008 by

For the last 11 years there has been a health store in Salisbury, MD and until last week I never knew about it. I have even been to the shopping center where it is located and never noticed – and I think of myself as a pretty observant person. I think they need some marketing since I think it is the only health food store in Salisbury. Granted I could be wrong about it being the only one since I didn’t know this one existed, but it never hurts to have a little marketing here and there. Since the people there were so kind and they had quite an assortment of organic and natural foods, I wanted to give them a little free marketing by plugging them on my blog. Not that a lot of people read this so far, but more and more are starting to read my posts, so it can’t hurt a small businesses to get their name out there – it only needs to reach a few people – those people can tell their people and so on. Well, here is the name, address, and phone number of the health store in Salisbury…

Health Store and More
Healthful Habits
720 College Ave
Salisbury, MD 21804
(P) 410.749.1997

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