Garden Club of Aiken’s holiday greenery sale is underway | Home and Garden

Looking for some festive holiday decorations?

The Garden Club of Aiken is conducting a greenery sale for the second year in a row.

Plans call for $5,000 from the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library.

The money will be used to help fund new landscaping on the grounds of the library, which is undergoing a major renovation at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.

The garden club has maintained the landscaping near the facility’s entrance for many years.

“The Friends of the Library are deeply grateful that Aiken’s oldest garden club will continue its historical connection by funding new landscaping through their Christmas greens sale,” said Friends President Bill Reynolds.

The rest of funds raised by the 2020 greenery sale will be returned to the community through the club’s various outreach programs.

Available for purchase from the club are small, medium and large wreaths, garlands, kissing balls, tabletop trees, table runners and hand-tied deep red velvet bows.

For more information about the holiday greenery sale or to place an order online, visit thegardenclubofaiken.com.

The deadline for orders is Oct. 24.

In addition, special order services are being offered for extra large wreaths, custom garlands and mailbox saddles.

To purchase those decorations, contact an Aiken Garden Club member or call Bonnie Coward at 803 215-1956 before Oct. 17.

Orders can be picked up from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 1022 South Boundary Ave. S.E.

Claudia Lea Phelps, a member of Aiken’s Winter Colony, founded the Garden Club of Aiken in 1924.

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WATCH NOW: Big expansion underway at food incubator Hatch Kitchen RVA | Business News

From its initial space in one of the Clopton Siteworks buildings, Hatch Kitchen is now expanding into two other buildings next door to the first one. It will have a total of about 50,000 square feet with the expansion.

Besides opening a new cafe’ in its first building at 2600 Maury St., Hatch also has opened six new, private kitchen suites, along with a new kitchen space designed specifically for bakery operations. The site also includes private offices and a conference room.

Next door to the first Hatch Kitchen building, construction crews are putting the final touches on renovations of the second building, which houses a new temperature-controlled butchery area, a USDA certified facility to process meat-based food products that will be sold in stores.

Currently, the closest short-term rental for small producers in the meat business is in Maryland, according to Lynx Ventures.

The new facility also has a commercial wood smoker for meats. 

“We have a client that is very serious about their barbecue and wood smoking, so we decided to get this for them to use,” Green said. “You can smoke something like 250 pounds of meat in here at a time. A lot of the indoor smokers that you see use pellets or sawdust, but not this guy. This is the real deal.”

Another room in the second building includes a new bottling and labeling operation for Hatch’s subsidiary business, Hatch Packaging. That room also includes a 150-gallon kettle for cooking, with room for additional kettles in future expansions.

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Walla Painting is Adhering to Strict CDC Guidelines as Their Busy Interior Painting Season Gets Underway – Press Release

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Walla Painting would like to let both home and business owners know that they are still providing interior painting services and these can be done safely. They say that because of that, there is no good reason for people to postpone this painting task if they feel that painting the inside of their home or business is needed. The company assures its customers that they are diligently following CDC guidelines and taking all necessary precautions during these challenging times. Interior house painting will give any home or business a fresh new look. They also offer a wide variety of low VOC interior paint color choices; some of which are even thought to enhance people’s moods. Walla Painting provides its reputable interior painting services to residential and business customers in and around the Carmel, Indiana area.

Jonathan Walla, the company owner, says, “We find that many people assume we are not doing interior painting projects at this time because of the threat of the spread of Covid-19. Rest assured that is not the case. Although we do have to distance ourselves from our customers more than we would like and take other precautions, we are still doing all sorts of commercial and residential interior painting jobs. As the weather in the Carmel area starts to slowly go downhill as winter fast approaches, it’s the perfect time for you to call us and schedule the interior painting work that you need done.”

The company owner continued by talking more about the safety pre-cautions they are undertaking at this time when working on their interior painting projects. He says that his employees are doing such things as frequently washing their hands for twenty seconds at a time throughout the day and applying hand sanitizer after that has been done. They are also using sanitizing wipes on their equipment regularly and they will even use gloves and shoe covers if a customer requests it. Walla says that most important of all, they are urging employees to stay home if they are feeling ill. He says that their interior painting customers can also do their part by rescheduling the work if anyone in their household is experiencing flu-like symptoms and by taking advantage of such things as virtual consultations and doing bill paying by credit card over the phone.

According to Walla, those at the company are also excited about the wide array of interior color choices they are now offering. He says that among the most popular interior colors they are using now is grey and it has replaced beige as the dominant interior base color. He says that their customers are also selecting blue paints if they want a room to feel more peaceful and serene, yellow if they want a room to feel warm and cheery, and are even using orange in workout and activity areas because it supposedly helps people feel energetic and enthusiastic.

Walla Painting’s services are also very highly regarded by those that have used them. J.G. states, “This

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Home improvement projects are underway during COVID-19 with millennials spending the most, says Bank of America

More people are strapping on their tool belts and getting to work on home improvement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, with millennials spending the most to get the job done, according to Bank of America.

Bank of America polled 1,054 Americans about their attitudes and shopping habits during coronavirus and found that more than 70% have decided to tackle home improvement projects, with more planned for 2021.

“Although we expect some near-term deceleration as parts of the population go back to their places of business and spend less time at home, COVID-19 could provide a longer-term benefit for home improvement stocks if it ultimately does cause an increase in housing turnover as our survey may suggest,” analysts led by Elizabeth Suzuki wrote.

“A shift into larger existing homes (corresponding to a shift out of cities) and older homes requiring renovation (which most young buyers can more easily afford), could be a multi-year tailwind.”

Since younger homeowners are tackling these projects in older homes, analysts also found that spending from millennials outpaced other groups.

Read:Lowe’s benefited from delayed DIY projects done during coronavirus lockdowns, while Home Depot saw professional jobs put on hold

“This may be kicking off a wave of renovation activity by a generation that has been relatively slow to enter the housing market,” Bank of America said.

This is part of the reason why Lowe’s Cos. Inc.
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had such a good first-quarter showing, according to analysts. Lowe’s reported earnings and sales that blew past expectations late last month. The majority of Lowe’s customer base, 75% to 80%, are do-it-yourself shoppers compared with rival Home Depot Inc.
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, which counts 55% of the DIY community as its customer base, Bank of America said.

“Given Home Depot’s higher reliance on professional customers, we continue to rate HD as neutral, as the longer-term implications of high unemployment/recession could slow growth in professionally-driven projects,” analysts said. Bank of America rates Lowe’s stock buy.

Another company benefiting from the trend is Tractor Supply Co.
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, which is getting a boost from what analysts call an “urban exodus” and a shift to “outdoor categories.” Analysts note that younger people have more flexibility since they’re more likely to not yet have a family, and may be looking to move from their small living spaces where living under quarantine is more difficult.

And:Tractor Supply benefiting from consumer trends like gardening and the move to rural communities, analysts say

Tractor Supply stock has soared 69% over the last three months.

Other research groups are taking note of the increased home improvement activity, with Stifel raising price targets for both Lowe’s (to $156 from $149) and Home Depot (to $276 from $250) in a note published June 16. Analysts highlighted the 16.6% year-over-year increase in seasonally adjusted spending reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Stifel rates both Home Depot and Lowe’s stock buy.

Instinet raised price targets for the home improvement retailers as well.

“We believe that both Home Depot

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