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Let These Businesses Rock Your Holidays!

We're excited to bring you a great group of companies serving Northwest Indiana who want to get the word out about what's going on this holiday season, and we encourage you to click around, see what these folks are all about, and see some of the awesome deals happening. When you're out shopping for that special someone this year, or getting a bite to eat, please keep in mind the local businesses who are supporting good news and positivity throughout the community.

These are people who keep this community running, through their businesses, through their community work, through their fundraisers, donations, and all the other great things these companies do for everyone in our community. You may know them, you may shop there, and you may be seeing them on the street, in church, at school, or at their place.

Does your company have a good story to share? We offer a lot options on how to do so, and it's so much more than an ad. Through profiles, articles, ads, videos, events, social networks, newsletters, and every other means that we have, we connect you to engaged readers every day in every way. Call us and we'll get working on telling your story to the fastest growing group of positive people that would like to learn more about you. Our Let's Begin Now video gives you a quick taste of what we can do.

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Shop at the Portage Township YMCA this Holiday Season

The Portage Township YMCA can take care of all your holiday shopping needs this holiday season! ymca-new-logo-blue

A gift that will last and increase your lifetime is the gift of wellness. The YMCA offers gift certificates for memberships at any denomination.

Looking to build lasting relationships through YMCA programs?? Gift certificates can be used to help your granddaughter/grandson/son/daughter/neighbor, learn, grow and thrive through gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, toddler classes, swim lessons and much more.

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Engstrom Jewelers Special Promotion Means Your Jewelry Could Be Free This Holiday Season

Planning on purchasing jewelry this holiday season?  Engstrom Jewelers is running a special promotion, and any purchase made could wind up being free!

Here's how it works: Any purchase made between November 26, 2010 and December 24, 2010 will have the full purchase price refunded (minus sales tax) if the Engstrom Jewelers location where the purchase was made gets 4 inches of newly fallen snow on January 1st, between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM (a 24-hour period).

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Holiday Ham & Fudge Sale to benefit Discoveries Unlimited and Opportunity Enterprises

HamDiscoveries Unlimited is partnering with Opportunity Enterprises in their semi-annual Holiday Ham & “Simply Amazing” Fudge Sale now through December 15, 2010! Proceeds directly support the Discoveries Unlimited STEM Mentor program and Opportunity Enterprises.

The Discoveries Unlimited STEM Mentor program is a one-on one mentoring program, creating teams between female middle school students and industry professionals from Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields. Through a variety of activities and experiences, young women are introduced to and supported in a multitude of career and educational possibilities in STEM. Opportunity Enterprises is a not-for-profit organization that creates sustainable life choices for individuals with challenges and disabilities. Since 1967, OE has provided quality employment, enrichment, and residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. More than 1,000 children and adults throughout Northwest Indiana receive services on an annual basis.

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OE’s Simply Amazing Market Unveils New Look for the Holidays

Customers-Shopping-OE-Simply-AmazingThe Simply Amazing Market at Opportunity Enterprises has introduced a new product mix, including some items at lower price points, for the holiday season. Customers can also take advantage of the opportunity to shop during new Saturday hours, which are 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The market is also open weekdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and is located on the north side of OE’s main facility at 2801 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso.

The market continues to feature its two signature product lines – Simply Amazing Gourmet Fudge, and Simply Amazing Gourmet Popcorn – but has added a large variety of other gourmet candies, including locally handmade treats priced as low as $2 each, and a selection of old-fashioned “penny candies.”

Also available is a large selection of holiday-themed gift baskets, which can be purchased pre-made, or ordered in-store or on-line at

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Bring the Look of a Checker Board or a Serene Outdoor Patio Into Your Home with Tile

Do you know the difference between natural stone tile and ceramic tile?”

Tile Flooring Guide
Versatile. Beautiful. Distinctive. With its wide range of materials and colors, tile offers endless possibilities for creating your vision for a room. In addition to its variety of decorative design options, tile is very durable and easy to maintain.

There are a number of common tile materials, which each offer their own unique characteristics. Natural stone, such as granite or limestone, are naturally formed so no two pieces are exactly alike. This helps create floors that are elegant and distinctive floors. In either glazed or unglazed styles, ceramic tiles are a popular choice for attractive, long-lasting floors. Glass, mosaic and metal tiles provide opportunities for fresh creative expression in flooring design.

While it requires careful installation, tile is a preferred choice for high traffic areas, like entranceways, and places where moisture is an issue, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Tile Flooring: Guide for Home Decorating
Durable, easy to maintain, and water resistant, tile flooring offers a number of advantages for use in practically any room in your home and even outside. While the choices are nearly limitless, there are a few key things to consider. Consider this tile flooring guide when choosing ceramic tile for your home.

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Simply Amazing's Grand Reopening A Sweet Event

Simply-Amazing-Grand-Reopening-1Check out photos from the event here!

The gray, rainy skies this Saturday, November 13, couldn’t dampen the cheer of hundreds of kids at the Simply Amazing Market’s Grand Reopening. A colorful, giant Candy Land game board covered the floor in the warehouse, with real life characters from the game at stations around the room. Face painting and coloring stations provided kids entertainment while they waited for their turn.

Kids walked through Gum Drop Lane, the Peppermint Forest, and past the Taffy Waterfall. Students from the Alpha Lambda Delta sorority at VU, the freshmen service sorority, dressed as gingerbread men, Princess Lolly, and other characters from the game. As they made their way around the board, there were special spots they could land on and win prizes such as fudge. At the end, they were met by the Queen in front of her “castle”, a bounce house, and given tickets to pick out a prize.Simply-Amazing-Grand-Reopening-2

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