Every now and then, I’m asked if I have a favorite "this" or "that" so I decided to start a list of favorite businesses that we sometimes support and promote.
There’s nothing in this for me, ok? We’ve not charged a fee for advertising, don’t trade services, (*though we should, you know? ha!)but rather we’ve chosen to very selectively place a few favorites here.
If you let them know we sent you, then they’ll know how much we appreciate them. That’s always nice, you know?!
Ok, let’s first get our own "personal" favorites out of the way.....
FAVORITE HOMEBASED BUSINESS - hands down it’s GNLD!
We’ve tried EVERYTHING before, (*even becoming a Sales Director with a "pink" cosmetic company and staying with them almost 30 years!), but GNLD has outshined them all!
We love their products, the results we get, the fact we can order JUST ONE of anything, and the lack of "requirements" - (*i.e. no required meetings, no required sales, no required orders, no minimum sized orders, etc.)
This company truly lets us do things the way that’s best for us and our family, and that’s so cool!
If you want more info, contact Mark or I by clicking on the little email "envelope" at the top of the page, or by calling me at 803.920.8363.
FAVORITE REAL ESTATE AGENT -
If you need to list a house, or find a house, my husband Mark is the man to call!
Are you a "first home" buyer wanting a good deal yet a solid home? Or wanting a few acres to homestead or create a "hobby" farm on? Maybe you want to see the sun set over Lake Murray each evening! Or buy rental property to build an extensive portfolio - Mark can do it all and works extremely hard for those entrusted to him.
Call him on his cell at 803.920.3744.
FAVORITE INSURANCE AGENT - Again, my Mark!
Mark handles all kinds of insurance (*auto, home, life, etc.) and works hard to get you the best deal he can.
He’s helped a lot of seniors with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans. Please call him at 803.920.3744 or email him through this website if he can assist you or someone you know.
FAVORITE DENTIST -
Rick Jackson has taken gentle care of us for over 30 years! The dentist I had before him was a NUT, so it’s taken a lot of TLC to get me past my fear of white coats!
If you need a lot of work, he’ll also work within your budget, helping you prioritize exactly which procedures are most urgent and which can wait a bit. Oh, and he’ll also do oral sedation for those who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past.
GET MORE INFORMATION HERE -
Gentle Dentistry at Oak Grove
109 Timbermill Dr.
Lexington, SC 29073
FAVORITE EYE DOCTOR -
Dr. Robert Branch and his wife, Jane, run an excellent eye care center! He does the exams and she helps you get the proper style and fit of glasses so they are truly a "team" effort! We’ve known them for decades as our children have been the "best" of friends, even coaxing Bob to coach their softball team. (*The kids have grown but last I heard, Bob was still coaching so that says a lot about his character right there!)
Dr. Branch has done all our "usual" sort of eye stuff - test our eyes, check for conditions, prescribe glasses, search for injuries such as pokes, papercuts, etc. to the eyeball. You know...the usual stuff that goes with life.
Check them out at http://www.eyecare-sc.com. I think they have offices in Irmo, Chapin, and Newberry so call first to see which which location they’re at. Their Chapin phone number is 803.345.3170.
FAVORITE HORSE FARM -
As a child, I’d visit the Hortons in Kingstree, SC and pray for a ride on their big horse! It was a highlight that fanned my passion for those magnificent creatures.
Uncle Eddie moved away from SC to Tennessee with Aunt Maureen, but he never forgot that love of horses.
Together, they created a beautiful farm with the most noble horses I have ever seen.
Visit http://www.thirteenoaks.com and prepare to be amazed!
FAVORITE DULCIMER MUSIC -
Mark’s nephew, Stephen, won top honors in a national dulcimer competition and when you listen to his art, you’ll immediately hear why!
Check it out at http://www.stephenhumphries.com and listen to songs from CDs that are available for purchase directly through the site!
PERSONALIZED ’GIFT’ ITEMS -
FUN GIFT GIVER -
Our niece and her husband have a business called “Fun Gift Giver” and they will personalize/monogram all sorts of high quality items – banner flags for homes or smaller ones for the garden, door mats, cutting boards, even tote and laundry bags!
Located in Florence, SC, they also have a display in our store, so come! See for yourself the high quality of the samples we have before placing an order. I think you’ll be very pleased! We’ve had one of their monogrammed house flags flying outside our home for several years now and it’s still in great shape! I’ve noticed they don’t fade, or have the monogram peel off like others do, and I believe they have a special technique that makes theirs different. Check them out online at www.fungiftgiver.com!
(If you speak to Christyn, tell her Aunt Cindy & Uncle Mark sent you! :o)
PILLOW TALK LLC -
We also have samples of personalized pillows in the shop now and they are adorable! The pillows are the creation of our other niece and her friend.
Cute ideas are to have your child’s name included, or their sports number. One hockey team is considering ordering pillow cases so their entire team can have matching TRAVEL pillows with each pillow having the child’s hockey number on it.
They can also transfer a photo to a pillow, such as a gift for a grandparent!
If you want more info, you can go online to www.pillowtalkllc.com. (*Also tell her Aunt CiCi & Uncle Mark sent you!)
FAVORITE WEBMASTER -
Obviously, our favorite is the one who made this site!
He offers "Complete Internet Consulting - Websites done uniquely - Websites done well!"
You can find his own website at WaterCeiling.com and contact him through there!
("Thanks, Cube, for the great job and the never-ending patience as we created this awesome site together! You’re the best!")
FAVORITE LOAN OFFICER -
Buying a house, or property, and need a loan? How about re-financing? Call Sheryl Redmond and tell her Cindy and Mark sent you! I know she’ll treat you right! Tell her we sent you!
GET MORE INFORMATION HERE -
Sheryl Redmond, Loan Officer -
Three Rivers Mortgage
FAVORITE GYMNASTICS STUDIO -
We’ve done all manner of sports with our kids in the past 2 decades, but by far, one of the best places has been Ms. Millie & Ms. Kim’s gym! It’s a fun, Christian atmosphere where children are taught well, and encouraged greatly! They also offer special classes for homeschoolers, and have a TEAM that has racked up some impressive trophies and medals!
Last I heard, their classes were for ages 18 months to ADULT!
Contact them for possibilities such as "Open Gym" nights, birthday parties - (*for boys & girls with rope swinging, rock climbing, tramp jumping, foam pit and MORE!), summer CAMPS (*American Girl Camp, Circus Camp, All Star Camp, Princess Camp, Christmas in July Camp, Beach Party!)
GET MORE INFORMATION HERE -
Chapin Christian Gymnastics & Fitness
Chapin, SC 29036
FAVORITE BIKE SHOP -
Our dear friends, Eddie & Susan have a bike for every need and every price range! Eddie’s "history" with bikes is amazing! You can read on their website that Eddie was a former Polish Pro Cyclist and Coach at the KKS Polonia Cycling Club in Warsaw, Poland.
Then, after coming to the U.S. in ’85, he worked for the
7-11 Cycling Team. He then joined the United States Cycling Federation, and worked for the U.S. Track Cycling Team. As their site says, "The U.S. Track Team took the Olympic Silver Medal in Atlanta in 1996 and the Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000." Impressive, huh?
Eddie has worked with many of the area bike shops so many are familiar with him from other places, but this is their own place!
GET MORE INFORMATION HERE -
GOLF CENTER -
Our friend, Denis, owns a driving range with a 9 hole Par-3 course. Isn’t that so cool? I never knew anyone who owned one of those before!
Anyway, I couldn’t hit a golfball straight if I wanted to, but I know Denis, and he’s a good man with a wonderful family, so I’d like to support his recent "venture"! Check it out!
RIVERSIDE GOLF CENTER
1600 GARNER LN.