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Snow’s: 2014 Highlights

Before we turn over a new year’s leaf,  it’s fun to take a short stroll down memory lane. Here is some of the best (or at least the most memorable) moments from 2014:

JANUARY

Seniors save: January started our expanded senior discount days, with 10% off every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all month long. It’s on again for 2015!storm

Let it snow: Not one blizzard – but two – this month. So much that Snow’s had to close on the 3rd and the 22nd!

FEBRUARY

Fall in love (with great coffee): This month, we began our continuing love affair with java’s best. Capresso, Nespresso… several promotional offers and in-store demos followed throughout the year. Did you get your brew on?

MARCH

sue-pikeDesigner on Duty kickoff: Spring wasn’t necessarily in the air, but the excitement about renewing our home decor certainly was. Visiting experts Madeleine Bickert, Susan Pike and Lori Mead were on hand to guide customers through their interior design projects. Stay tuned for our expanded designer program in 2015!

trains

APRIL

Train fun:  Many of our local families love coming to Snow’s during April school vacation. The kids never tire of our interactive train display, and the parents love to take advantage of the diversion and get a little shopping done.

 

MAY

Resin Mermaid Bookends

Coastal cravings: May marks the time of year when lots of our customers come back to the Cape to begin opening their homes for the season. They were delighted to find lots of new coastal decor, from mermaid-themed accents to local pottery. 

JUNE

hydrangeaIn full bloom: June was a delightful time to visit our newly expanded garden center.  Beautiful blooms as far as the eye could see!

JULY 

Sandbox reinvented: Beach mode or not, families loved one of the best games of the year – Sands Alive!  A fun, “un-technologied” activities for busy hands of all ages… even on rainy days.

AUGUST

berkshire_glamourTax-free deals: Massachusetts approved another state tax-free weekend on the 16th and 17th of this month, giving residents a chance to get some great savings on higher ticket items.  We’ll have to wait and see in the Commonwealth does it again for 2015, but if they do – there’s no better time to invest in something big, such as outdoor furniture. In 2014, our customers saved the 6.25% tax on top of our already discounted prices.

SEPTEMBER

Women’s wear:  This fall, Snow’s introduced an expanded line of women’s fashion, with lots of universal appeal.

OCTOBER

Green and serene: Benjamin Moore announced their Color of the Year: Guilford Green.  A beautiful, calming shade of green with endless color combinations.

NOVEMBER

The holiday season is here: Snow’s holiday shop (including the annual holiday train display) is in full swing.  We hope you had a chance to share some holiday spirit with us.

DECEMBER

Good cheer, and giving back: We has many special events in the store this month, including free knife sharpening, wine tastings, book signings, a visit from our local school choir, and of course, visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty.

One of our most special memories in December was sharing the 13th annual Giving Tree gifts with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod. Our community really came together, donating many generous items to our neighbors in need.

Thank you, for being a part of it all.  Looking forward to a memorable 2015!

 

 

What’s New: SALE on Cushions, Rugs & Kites!

navy sunbrella cushionsOutdoor Furniture Cushions: Sunbrella and more

When people say “outdoor cushions,” they often mean Sunbrella. For more than 50 years, Sunbrella has made incredibly resilient products — their fabric comes with a five-year fade-resistance warranty and is 100% recyclable. But as practical as they may be, vibrant designer colors are Sunbrella’s signature.

Now through August 13, 2014: 20% off all OUTDOOR FURNITURE CUSHIONS (in-stock items only). Available at Snow’s in Orleans.

 

chandler rugHome Accent Rugs: Chandler 4 Corners and more

Chandler 4 Corners’ distinctive rugs, decorative pillows and home accents embrace the appeal of heartfelt moments, sparked in an instant by an image or a design. These are the kind of statement pieces for your home that will conjure up old memories, and sometimes help you create new ones.

The collection of hooked wool rugs at Snow’s glow with color, are durable, easy to care for and add elegance (or whimsy!) wherever you need it. You’ll find all the classic Cape Cod designs, inspired by both the land and the sea.

Now through August 13, 2014: 20% off selected RUGS

 

dragon-3D-kite-1Summer Toys: Cool Kites and more

Looking for a great way to celebrate a windy weekend on the Cape? Whether it’s summer, spring or fall (maybe even during the winter for you brave ones), flying a kite is a sure way to have fun.

And with one of the colorful, modern kites now in stock at Snow’s in Orleans (like this vivid 3-D dragon), you’ll be the coolest parent or grandparent on the block… all while showing your young ones some good old fashioned fun.

Now through August 13, 2014: 15% off SUMMER TOYS

 

What’s New: Mermaid Decor, Artisan Jewelry & Fish Pops!

mermaid art

Mermaid Home Accents

What says “coastal living” like a few mermaids swimming around your home?

You’ll love our new sea-inspired decorative accents, including this “Siren of the Sea” graphic art on canvas, or a delightful pair of mermaid book ends.Resin Mermaid Bookends

We also have a large collection of coordinating lamps, rugs, shelves, decorative pillows and side tables. So why not “go coastal?” One of these ladies of the sea is just waiting for an invitation to your Cape Cod home.

 

fibrations necklaceFibrations Jewelry

These unique necklaces make a strong statement indeed, but they are feather-light! You can dress them up, you can dress them down. Layer a couple together to create even more texture and interest. And guess what? This natural fiber jewelry is handmade in the USA by crafty stay-at-home Moms!

We now have matching earrings to go with our great selection of Fibrations necklaces, too. Makes a great gift.

 

Zoku “Fish” Pops

fish pops

This is just about as fun as dessert gets. These silicone fish pop molds from Zoku make adorable sea creature treats: a shark, clownfish, octopus, whale, pufferfish and a  scuba diver. The popsicle sticks even stay true to theme: handles are shaped like tails and tentacles, and have amusing “skeletons” that are revealed as the pops are eaten.

Pops are easy to remove from the molds by simply pulling on the sticks, no rinsing required. Easy to make, easy to clean… lots of fun!

 

 

Pumpkin on Your Walls?

Bringing the colors of fall inside

cape-cod-cranberry-bog-harwich-Ah, fall in New England…is there anything better? As the weather turns cooler, we’re starting to see all those wonderful ‘harvesty’ signs of seasonal change: pumpkins, chrysanthemums, turning leaves. And it may just be the rich, natural colors of fall that we find so comforting.

If you’re craving a bit of that comfort, your home is a wonderful place to concentrate. You don’t need to do a complete makeover to bring some of the outside in: there are plenty of stunning paint colors that will make you feel like you’re right in the midst of our region’s famous fall foliage!

Certainly, painting your walls can dramatically change the feel of a room.  But don’t feel limited to the flat surfaces; a fresh coat of paint on a dresser, table, bookcase or mirror frame is both rewarding and cost-effective. Benjamin Moore has some guidelines for painting indoor furniture, as well suggestions for choosing as the right type of paint for the job (Regal® Select latex paint is ideal for most).

Click here to see Benjamin Moore’s tips for painting furniture

But back to colors. Choosing a paint color can be lots of fun, and the fall palettes are simply beautiful.  Here are some of our favorite colors and combinations*:

first fall dayFirst Fall Day: Cozy, Comforting Colors

  • audubon russet HC-51
  • soleil AF-330
  • paper mache AF-25

Fall Festival: Earthy, Inviting Colorsfall festival

  • roasted sesame seed 2160-40
  • sage mountain 1488
  • sugar cookie OC-93 

first sign of fallFirst Sign of Fall: Grounded, Yet Glamourous Colors

  • azores AF-495
  • simply white 2143-70
  • stone brown 2112-30
Designer Lori Mead helping a Snow's customer with paint colors
Designer Lori Mead helping a Snow’s customer with paint colors

Even with all this inspiration, choosing paint colors can seem overwhelming. But you are in luck if you’re in the area this month or next; you can make an appointment to see one of our visiting designers to help you out.  Unbelievably, Snow’s offers this as a complimentary service, where you can take advantage of a whole half hour of personal guidance on color and more. Click here to register for a consultation in September or October; a design expert is in the Orleans store from 10:00 – 1:00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

caramel basketIf you’re really getting into the fall spirit – or if you just love fall colors – you might consider getting some entertaining pieces in autumn colors, too. Eucalyptus Stoneware makes artisan pottery baskets that make beautiful gifts and centerpieces. There are two colors in particular that have the rich fall tones: “caramel” (pictured) and “celery.” The French bread basket, biscuit basket and fruit bowl are available in the Orleans store for $39.99 each.

So grab some warm apple cider, visit a pumpkin patch, gaze at a cranberry bog…and bring some of that lovely fall color back inside with you when you get back home. fall-leaf

 * From Benjamin Moore” “Colors Fit for Fall”

Write, Run or Walk for Team Teal

ovarian cancer support from President ObamaWays to Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Most of us recognize a pink ribbon and immediately associate it with breast cancer awareness. This month, the color teal is in the spotlight – and efforts are being made both locally and nationally to bring attention to a “silent killer”: ovarian cancer.

Awareness really is critical with ovarian cancer because it often goes undetected until it’s too late. It’s estimated that 22,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and 15,000 of those women will die.

If there can be a silver lining to these grim statistics, it’s the widespread proactive effort being made to reverse them. Ovarian cancer is exponentially more treatable the earlier it’s caught; the 5-year survival rate with early detection is 92%, but it drops to 15% when diagnosed in late stages of the disease.

So in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, we can all make a difference this September. We can buy products or participate in events that raise money for research and education.

Just One Miracle: Note Cards with a Mission

just one miracle note card: hydrangea
Just One Miracle Note Cards: Hydrangea

100% of the profits from these delightful note cards support ovarian cancer research.  The company was founded by Alison Walsh in 2000 as part of her personal fight against ovarian cancer.  Alison created most of the art that is printed on the cards, with some contributions from friends.

Alison lost her fight with cancer several years ago at the young age of 51, and Diane Malcolmson (of Westport, MA) has helped to continue her mission in her memory.  The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is the organization that benefits from the sale of the stationery; since 2000, Just One Miracle has donated in excess of $20,000 per year to OCRF.

Just One Miracle Note Cards: Terns
Just One Miracle Note Cards: Terns

Several note card designs are available at Snow’s Home and Garden, including: Purple Iris, Scallop Shell, Lady Slipper, Thistle, Shells, Hydrangea, Terns, Lavender, Pine Branch (coming soon), Maple Leaves, Pine Cone and Wisteria.

 

Walk, Run, Climb! Events for Ovarian Cancer

Whether it’s during the beautiful month of September or sometime down the road, there are plenty of ways to participate in ovarian cancer awareness in the great outdoors.  Here are just a few (one of which is happening locally in Sandwich this weekend!):

girly girl PARTS walk run for ovarian cancer1. 5K Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Sandwich, September 7th

Sponsored by girlygirl P.A.R.T.S (Pre-Screening Awareness Required To Silence …Ovarian Cancer), you can join an estimated 300 plus walkers and runners who are raising funds to help push Ovarian Cancer to the forefront of women’s health issues and awareness.  

The walk/run starts at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich and ends at the boardwalk; the scenic course takes you past the lovely Cape Cod bay, cranberry bogs, and the historic homes of Sandwich village. After the race participants can enjoy refreshments while reviewing the fabulous silent auction items and partake in the opportunity drawings.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register the morning of the race. Just show up Saturday, September 7th from 7-8:30 am at the Sandwich Boardwalk.

p.s. If you want to help the cause put don’t want to (or can’t) participate in the run/walk, this event has a special category called “Sleep Walkers.” Registered Sleep walkers play an essential role in spreading the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness and still get to enjoy many of the same benefits of running or walking (a free t-shirt and goodie bag will be sent to you).  All you have to do is mail your check to: girlygirlparts/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 12, Sandwich, MA  02537 (In memo section of check, please write: SLEEPWALKER)

nocc ovarian cancer logo2. Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer: South Boston, September 15th

If you happen to be a little bit north of the Cape mid-September, the 15th holds another great option to walk or run for ovarian cancer.  

The Massachusetts chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has organized the 15th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, which will be held at DCR’s Carson Beach & Mother’s Rest Area in South Boston. You can register here, or for more information, visit their Facebook page or contact the Chapter at 781-643-9800

live like renee walk for ovarian cancer3. Live Like Renee 5K Walk & Family Fun Day: Osterville, September 21st

On September 21st, another 5K will be held in another lovely Cape Cod town: Osterville. The walk celebrates Renee (Pelletier) Costa, a woman who battled ovarian cancer for over 20 years while being a loving wife, raising 4 beautiful children and remaining very active in her community.  To register and for more information, click here.

hera women's cancer foundation4. HERA Cancer Foundation’s Climb4Life: Boston, March 8-9, 2014 

Finally, if you want to plan out a bit, you can sign up for HERA’s (the acronym stands for Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness) Climb4Life in Boston early next year.

In addition to other ovarian cancer events sponsored by the organization – such as “Run Like a Girl” and “Ragnar Relay” – Climb4LifeSM is a family-focused, physically inspiring event. The first event was conceived in 2001, while HERA Founder Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. She felt a rock-climbing event would put a different face on ovarian cancer and get people involved in the cause. Realizing The Climb4LifeSM would raise awareness in women who are healthy and active, Patrick saw greater potential: the event would enable women to be introduced to the sport of climbing, and it’s physical and mental benefits.

Since that first Climb for LifeSM HERA events have evolved to include climbing, running, hiking, biking, as well as other activities. The common element throughout their events is our ability to empower, educate, and make aware our audiences about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 

 

 

Related Links: Ovarian and Women’s Cancers 

Savor Summer’s Siesta

Vote for Snow's! Finalist: Best Garden Center

Five out-of-the-box activities to add to your summer bucket list

1. Be Happy Home Campers
Pitch a tent in your own backyard

backyard camping funGetting ready for a family camping trip can be a daunting task, but setting up camp in your own backyard is relatively simple. Without much effort, you can have an authentic taste of the great outdoors… with a little equipment and a lot of adventurous spirit.

Here are a few ideas to get you rolling:

  1. Collect leaves from around your property (kids will love this) and paste them into a nature journal; you can research them later to identify each.
  2. Star gaze! You can even do a little pre-Google work to pick out some constellations you might be able to make out in the night skyTell stories around the campfire. They can be as elaborate as the history of your town, or las simple as sharing something great that happened that day.
  3. Play games: Bring out the Scrabble, the cards… what a great chance to spend quality time sans technology with your family and/or friends!

Another benefit to camping at home is that you can raid your own pantry with ease. So maybe branch out from the dogs & s’mores (although they do taste delicious!), and try something a bit more “exotic” like this recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad 

To set up camp, here’s a short list of equipment and supplies that will make your backyard expedition feel like the real deal:

Even more items are available in our Orleans store:


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2. Refresh with a New Lemon Twist
Help the kids with a fun take on a lemonade stand

lemonade standNational Lemonade Day was this past Tuesday, August 20th (who knew?), but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to celebrate summer’s most refreshing beverage. And, if you want to help the kids or grandkids achieve rock star status selling roadside lemonade, give tradition a little shakeup by making it fizzy!

You may not think of soda when you think of lemonade, but the neighborhood clientele will delight in a cup of this Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade. Simply combine 2 cups water, 1 cup granulated sugar, zest from one lemon (zest one prior to juicing below), 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (6-8 lemons) and 2-3 cups club soda. Helping your wee entrepreneurs is also the perfect time to break out your SodaStream (if you don’t yet own the SodaStream system, click here to see how it works); your club soda component just got more efficient and more environmentally-friendly!

SodaStream products at Snow’s

3. Take it from Farm to Blanket
Farmers’ market finds for a perfect late summer picnic

farmers market on cape codFarmers’ markets have literally cropped up all over Cape Cod, so it’s easier than ever to find local, in-season goodies. Head over to one of the many weekly markets (our town of Orleans hosts theirs on Saturdays through November ), and collect a delicious array of ingredients to create this fabulous outdoor meal.

And don’t forget your pic-a-nic basket, Boo Boo!

For more Cape Cod farmers’ markets, see the full list, courtesy of Edible Cape Cod:

4. Make Some Seashore Decor
Turn your beach finds into beautiful home accents

amazing twisted driftwood candle holderSeashells, beach glass, driftwood…we are compelled to collect them on our beach walks, so wouldn’t it be nice to turn them into something worthy of year-round decor?

Here are a few great ideas from around the web:

5. Spiff Up Your Sitting Area
Relive your vacation year-round with a great coffee table book

“Coffee table” books reside in plain view – usually where you would entertain guests – and are often thoughtfully perused during casual conversation or while dinner is cooking. So certainly, a beautiful book that takes you back on a photographic journey through your favorite summer spots is one worth displaying, and it’s no wonder Cape Cod has been the inspiration for many such books.

Here are a few Cape Cod gems:

 

What’s your favorite way to capture the end of summer? Let us know…we’d love to share your ideas.

Yesterday’s Fun and Games

Creating a reason to reminisce for you and your guests

When you think back upon your childhood, you probably have fond memories of visiting a place where time seemed to stand still. Maybe it was your grandma’s house, or a vacation spot to which your family returned year after year. If you live on Cape Cod, you may just be that favorite family member that frequently plays host to vacationing loved ones.

Even though the face of modern leisure activity has changed (and is preserved on an iPhone and uploaded to Instagram!), it’s never too late to recreate a feeling of nostalgia. For a small investment, you can make a big hit on the joy-o-meter by stocking a few classic games and treats for your guests to enjoy, making each visit one more reason to cherish their time here.

GOOD OLD FASHIONED FAMILY FUN: Games and more

MarblesTalk about a game with history: it is believed that cavemen and women played the first crude game of marbles, using small pebbles or balls of natural clay. Today, marbles is certainly thriving (there’s been a National Marbles Tournament every year since 1922), and it’s still an old fashioned game with a simple premise. Taking turns with other player(s), the object is to shoot your marble from outside of a circle into any of the marbles inside the ring. The marbles you’ve knocked out of the circle are yours, and whoever has the most marbles wins. Now the phrase “Don’t lose your marbles” makes more sense!

Chinese CheckersAnother take on marbles is Chinese Checkers. Here, you try to move all of your marbles to the other side of the board by jumping as far as you can. Chinese Checkers is based on a similar game called Halma (Greek for “jump”), invented by Dr. George Howard Monks, an American professor from Boston. And despite the name, the game was actually invented in Germany, not China; as the story goes, it was dubbed “Chinese Checkers” to sound more exotic. It worked, and soon became one of just a few games with widespread international appeal.

Rook: Around since 1906, Rook is a true classic: a spirited card game of bidding, trumping, and trick-taking. It’s a game that both young and old players can enjoy together and is usually played as a partner bidding game (it has some similarities to Spades or Pinochle). The concept is somewhat simple, but it also takes skill, strategy, and a bit of good luck.

Some other classic games:
Cribbage
Chutes & Ladders (kid-friendly)
Tiddly Winks (kid-friendly)
Monopoly
Scrabble
Dominos

“Retro” Games: Having easy, pick-up games like the “Magic 8 Ball”  and a Rubik’s Cube around the house are always fun. Not only do they bring us back in time, they may answer burning questions like “Does he love me?” with an  “It is decidedly so.”

Jigsaw PuzzlesPuzzles are a wonderful way to connect (pun intended) and unplug at the same time. Another pastime with a long history, the jigsaw puzzle was invented in 1767 by John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker. As such, the first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world; educators used Spilsbury’s first generation of puzzles to teach geography. As they evolved, puzzles became more than a way to exercise the mind, they became a way to relax.

There are as many types of puzzles as there is time to do them, but if you’re going for an old fashioned feel, there are plenty of puzzles featuring images of classic television, 50’s and 60’s household products and food items that will inspire you to stroll down memory lane as you piece them together.

Trains & Cars:  Regardless of your age, building train or race tracks and making some locomotion is always fun. From simple setups to elaborate “loop-de-loops,” this classic hobby will inspire the family to enjoy time building together. 

Lionel trains and hobbies have been around for more than 100 years, and their story is a pursuit of both incredible change and family bonding. Founder Joshua Lionel Cowen was born just before the first electric light, yet he grew up with real trains and lived through amazing advances in their technology and sophistication. His first toy train led to what the company describes as a “sacred mission”, as Cowen would spend a lifetime stoking America’s imagination with the romance of the rails. Up until the 60’s, Lionel train sets were a cultural icon (especially at Christmastime), but then their popularity fizzled for a while, falling somewhere in between the generation gap of the time. Today, America is renewing its relationship with the railroads, and having some trains and tracks to play with at home can be part of the magic.

Toy race cars are another play vehicle with a great history. Matchbox was introduced in the 1950’s. They were names as such for their packaging: the original die-cast cars were housed in a cardboard box that resembled an actual match box.  This vintage packaging phased out as other companies began to use the plastic and cardboard “blister packs,” but the box style packaging was re-introduced for the collectors’ market in recent years.

 

SOMETHING TO SNACK ON: Classic Candy, Gum & Real Soda

How fun to reach into the snack cabinet (or drawer, or closet, or wherever you keep those goodies) and find a treasure trove of treats from days gone by. Packs of Teaberry, Clove or Black Jack gum, or wrapped candies like Chuckles and Necco wafers…happy days!

For some liquid refreshment, there’s nothing quite like old fashioned soda. Sure, there’s the requisite dose of sugar, but no synthetics and none of that evil high fructose corn syrup. The labels alone make you smile, and the flavors are divine. Choose from the brands and flavors you remember fondly, including root beer, (a.k.a. birch beer, sarsaparilla), ginger ales, cream sodas, colas, and fruity sodas like cherry, lemon lime, grape and more…all in traditional glass bottles.

 

The takeaway? Good old fashioned family fun is still in style. Come grab some nostalgia at Snow’s and see how easy it is to make them smile with simplicity.

The Companies You Want to Keep

Tax-free is great, but quality and history go a long way, too.

Massachusetts Tax Free Holiday: August 10th and 11th

Massachusetts’ first tax holiday was in 2004, and every year since then (except 2009),  it’s been both eagerly anticipated and approved at the eleventh hour.  Well, 2013 is no different: the official tax free shopping days for the Bay State are this Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th.

In a nutshell, shoppers can expect to save the 6.25% state sales tax on items purchased for personal use that cost $2,500 or less. So this weekend, many of us will give a second thought to some of those larger purchases where the normally assessed saes tax can really add up. For example, a $1,000 purchase is actually $1, 062.50 the other 363 days of the year, so why not get while the gettin’ is good?

During tax free weekend at Snow’s, we see a good number of our customers considering gas grills and outdoor furniture: two product categories that deliver considerable savings without the sales tax. That being said, money spent is money spent. Especially with bigger ticket items, there’s no sense in buying just to save the tax; we all hope to make a sound investment at any price. While we carry many different models and brands of grills and outdoor furniture (especially in the furniture category), there are two companies that have a great story to tell – and their products will give you far more joy beyond the 6.25% savings.

As a family business for more than 125 years, we have a soft spot for companies that have also stood the test of time.  Weber (grills) and Telescope (outdoor furniture) are two such companies, and if you’re considering a substantial purchase this tax holiday weekend, you might want to know more about these two top-notch businesses that have been around the block more than a few times.

Weber: The Grill Masters

Weber (officially Weber-Stephen Products LLC) was first incorporated in 1893; their first kettle grill was manufactured in 1952. Today, they have the distinction of being known as the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, but their beginnings were quite simple.  Almost 60 years ago, George Stephen set out to build a better grill after becoming frustrated with the uneven and uncontrollable flame of open brazier grilling at home. At the time he was working for Weber Brothers Metal Works, and ingeniously cut a metal buoy in half and fashioned a dome shaped grill with a rounded lid—and the classic original Weber kettle grill was born. His invention quickly gained a loyal audience, and ultimately became a prominent symbol of Americana.

In the late 1950s, Stephen bought out the Weber Bros. factory and became the sole owner, devoting all his professional time to manufacturing and selling the Weber kettle. In the 1960s and 1970s, Weber’s reputation grew beyond the Midwest as it became a nationally known brand with distribution in retail stores throughout the country.

Since then, Weber has introduced a revolutionary line of gas grills—the Genesis grill (offering precise heat control without flare-ups), and the Weber “Q” portable gas grill line (a streamlined, almost futuristic design, combined with its powerful grilling wallop). In 2007, the company unveiled the largest and most ambitious new product launch in its 54-year history by offering 14 new gas grills. While the superior Weber

A grill from Weber's Summit series: the "crème de la crème"!

cooking system remained intact, the company introduced new aesthetic designs that were completely re-imagined from the wheels up with all stainless-steel looks, stunning curves, sleek lines, and some grills in bright colors. The Weber brand showcased entirely new models—four in its Summit and eight in its Genesis lines—and introduced a new line, the Spirit, with two new grills.

A few years later seven new grills were introduced, including a new electric grill for consumers who have charcoal or gas restrictions (Weber Q140), a larger version of its popular Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker smoker, and several enhancements to their entry level of grills, offering luxury elements and more features at an affordable price.

And even though Weber is clearly a company with a rich history, they have their finger on the pulse of modern technology.  Weber’s free app for iPhone and iPod touch gives users instant access to grill features, grilling classes and more.

 

Telescope: Outdoor Furniture Pioneers

The Telescope family, back in the day.

Telescope Casual Furniture has been producing quality, outdoor patio furniture in the USA since 1903. They are a family owned and operated business with a product line that includes wicker, aluminum, cast aluminum and resin furniture. Their claim to fame is the six unique collections made with their proprietary material called Marine Grade Polymer (MGP). MGP furniture is made with a durable material that will not swell, rot, splinter, warp, fade or chemically break down when exposed to humidity, water or sunlight. The material is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly. 

But back to the beginning. It all started in New York City, when the Telescope Cot Bed & Novelty Company started manufacturing cots and campstools with “telescoping” legs that gave the fledgling company its unique name.  Now, 110 years later, Telescope makes beautiful furniture collections that look decidedly different than when they first started the company. Telescope also developed the “sling rail” that just about every manufacturer uses today. The sling rail allows the sling – or fabric – stretched across a chair to be replaced by the consumer without any special tools.

In addition to the Manhattan factory, Telescope’s sawmills were located in Pennsylvania, and later in the countryside of Granville, New York.  Granville not only offered acres of woodlands, but also hard working laborers and railroads to support the new facility.  Eventually the entire operation moved to Granville and Telescope embarked on a transformation that would eventually establish the company as a leader in casual furniture.

To evolve with an expanding product line, the Granville plant has continually made renovations to the nearly one-million square foot facility along with concentrated efforts in research, development, engineering and unique manufacturing processes.  Telescope has always been self sufficient, allowing them to remain competitive in today’s market by responding quickly and finding innovative methods for manufacturing.  For over 100 years Telescope has remained a remarkably successful family owned business currently managed by the fourth and fifth generation (not unlike Snow’sHome and Garden!).  Much of Telescope’s success is owed to the talented and skilled work force that takes pride in their craftsmanship, and the professional sales force who work tirelessly to ensure every customer’s expectations are exceeded.  Telescope’s goals are to focus on providing the highest levels of quality, design, comfort, selection and fast and consistent Delivery.  None of these characteristics are easy to deliver, but they know that they are critically important.

So when considering a sizable purchase for your home this tax holiday weekend, it’s about much more than the 6.25% savings. If you’re looking for a new or upgraded grill outdoor furniture, you can feel good about going to Snow’s and making a smart investment in the brands that have been here to stay.

Hang on to your Hat

The best sun protection just might be on your head

Whether you live or vacation on Cape Cod, chances are very high that spending time in the sun is a big part of it.  And with that, it’s probably also safe to say that most of us are at least aware – if not proactive – about the necessity to protect ourselves from the sun’s powerful rays.

Exposure to the sun without the right protection can increase your risk for sunburn, wrinkles, and much worse, skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States; more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually (Source: Rogers, HW, Weinstock, MA, Harris, AR, et al.).

SPF vs UPF: SPF is an acronym for “Sun Protection Factor.” A product’s SPF should tell you how much longer it will take for your skin to begin to sunburn with that product than without. UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor.” This is the amount of ultraviolet radiation that a particular fabric can block.

So, lather up with the sunscreen, right? Well, yes. But thankfully, there are products other than lotions and sprays that do a very good job of protecting one of your skin’s most sensitive areas: your face. Clothing actually provides one of the most convenient forms of protection against ultra violet rays, especially those with the UPF built right in.  And Snow’s has a wide selection of stylish hats that make it easy to enjoy the sun safely. 

The Wallaroo Hat Company has a UPF 50+ rating, offering great looking hats for women, men and children that boast some serious sun protection . The company was founded in 1999 by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore, two Australian women who realized the potential of a collection of colorful, crushable, sun-safe fabric hats. They began wearing them around Boulder, Colorado – a city known for its outdoor lifestyle with more than 300 sunny days each year.

What does the number mean? A UPF of 4 will block 75 percent of UVB rays (the ones that can cause sunburn), while a UPF of 50 will block 98 percent. What's more, the FDA advised that "for added protection from the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face."

The complete collection includes 42 distinct styles in solid, brightly colored fabrics, as well as tropical prints and neutrals. Canvas, loose weave, microfiber, cotton twill, poly-braid, and polystraw make the Wallaroo Hat Collection washable, crushable and versatile for everyday work or play. Each hat has been designed with an internal or external drawstring to make it one-size fits most.

Wallaroo has been committed to making charitable contributions over the past ten years, including the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Airline Ambassadors International, Carousel of Happiness, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, and many more. They have been featured in Parents magazine, Travel+Leisure, the Boston Herald and the New York Post, among many others.

Shop Wallaroo Hats at Snow’s online, or visit the store in Orleans for an even wider selection. Prices are in the $40 range; featured styles available at Snow’s include Casual Travelers, Frankie, Sydney Diva, Victoria, Nina, Men’s Explorer and Breton.