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  1. We Quickly Found Our New Favorite Mediterranean Restaurant When We Moved To a New City

    August 30, 2014 by Chelsie

    mediterranean restaurantThere is nothing like finding a true gem of a restaurant in a new town, and I’m so glad that I have done it this soon after moving.  My wife and I moved to a small city in Indiana just a few months ago because my employer relocated me.  At first I was not very crazy about moving to Indiana from Colorado.  The people, the culture, and food, and the overall atmosphere would be completely different and I was afraid that we would both be homesick pretty quickly.  I guess in some cases this was true, but we found certain comforts that have made the move worth while.

    In our home town in Colorado we loved knowing the local business owners and the community culture that we both grew up with.  Once we moved to a new place I was afraid that we would no longer be involved with the people and places of the city and might feel isolated.  This was the case for the first few weeks until one night we ventured into a local old world mediterranean restaurant on the far side of town.  We had been slowly trying out some new spots since we both missed the restaurants from Colorado.  They were particularly missed because we knew a lot of the patrons and all of the owners after living in the town since birth.  We did not at all expect to be greeted in this new place in the same way, but we were and it made us feel so much better.

    This particular restaurant was owned and operated by a chef that very much loved talking with his guests.  He recognized that we were new and came up to us while making his rounds in the dining room and we became instant friends.  On top of the fact that he was so welcoming, his food was amazing.  He made a great blend of American and Mediterranean cuisines that left us completely stuffed and satisfied after each meal.  The atmosphere of the restaurant also made us feel welcome, the seats were filled with smiling faces of families and teenagers on first dates.  The music was subtle and soothing, the lighting just mild enough to make it romantic while still being able to see, and the staff was pleasant and genuine.  We were so happy to have found a place that made us feel like we were back home in Colorado that we became frequent guests very quickly.

    When you are able to find those special restaurants in cities and towns that you are unfamiliar with it makes all of the difference.  We had only been in Indiana for a short time and we were slowly questioning our decision to move, but once we found that first place that made us feel welcome we knew we have to give the new place a chance.  Now that we’re getting more comfortable with our surroundings and our community we are feeling more settled.  And now that we already have a favorite restaurant it feels like home.


  2. Christie Overhead Doors is the Best!

    August 30, 2014 by Alex Savage

    garage doors

    Have you ever found yourself in a tough design situation? There are going to be a whole lot of moments in your life where you have to decide one thing over the other, especially when it comes to improving the look of your home or business. For example, you might ask yourself what is going to complete the look of the interior of your home or business, hardwood floors or neat and trimmed carpeting? Or, it could be something so basic as to what kind of colored towels you are going to use in the bathroom, or something along the lines of getting curtains or blinds for each set of windows in your home or business. Many of these decisions might seem simple at first, but design elements can play a major factor into giving your home or business your desired look. Regardless of what kind of upgrade you are making to your home or business, always make it a point to think about the overhead doors for your building as well, because most of everyone drives a car! And if you’re looking for only the best quality and outstanding customer service and interaction, get your new garage doors from Christie Overhead Doors!

    First, to kind and capable people at Christie Overhead Doors will be more than happy to show you all available options for your home or business when it comes to a new system of garage doors. If you have a certain leaning toward a style, such as an elegant and rustic wooden door, the friendly staff at Christie Overhead Door will give you all available options to choose from. Not only will they offer you many great selections when it comes to your home, but they will also let you see what the door looks like before installing it in your home! You see, they can digitally image and design each and every one of their overhead doors onto an image of your home, so you won’t have to wait until the door itself is actually installed! This not only brings relief to you, the customer, but it also lets you know what to expect from a finished job. With Christie Overhead Door, you won’t get any unexpected surprises!

    If you’re looking for something truly one of a kind however, Christie Overhead Door also offers a full custom service for any home or commercial space! From the ground up, they will be able to fully customize and design a new overhead door to your exact specifications. Do you want a specific design on your overhead door? Perhaps you want an intricate glass and metal framing system on your overhead door? With any kind of task presented to them, Christie Overhead Door will not only utilize their handy and trusted craftsmen skills, but they also incorporate their sense of design and personal touch to each project.

    With all of this in mind, know what whatever task you need completed for your next overhead door project, Christie Overhead Door is going to be your one-stop location for all things garage door related!


  3. What premiere shades and blinds are best for you?

    August 28, 2014 by Caroline Yates

    When picking out blinds and shades, making the decision thoughtfully and carefully is important. After all, you could end up at a showroom completely overwhelmed by all the options and end up choosing a type of blind and shade that really does not fit your needs the way that you hoped that it would. There are so many different options that working with a blinds and shades expert will really help you narrow down your options and settle on the one that is best for you. http://www.donsdraperyservice.com/This can be especially daunting when you are examining products that are of really high quality and which you know you will love regardless of which one comes home with you. When examining all the different innovative style and feature options that Hunter Douglas shades and blinds has to offer, working through each step by step is a great way to make sure that you select the right one for you. Think about the features that are most important to you in a set of blinds and shades and let those features guide your decision making!

    1. Eco-Friendly Options: The Duette Architella honeycomb shade system is specifically set up to maximize the energy that the sun already puts out. After all, why waste perfectly good energy when we are in such a time of energy crisis in our world! The Duetter Architella shades are shaped like honeycombs so that specifically keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. There are, of course, a number of different options available to customers who want to customize their shades and make them easier to open or lower in anyway. If your goal is a beautiful shade with the dual purpose of better insulating your home, then the Duette Architella shades are the right choice for you.

    2. Lighting: Some blinds and shades do a great job of blocking out sunlight. In these cases, the sunlight is an unwanted guest rather than a very loud friend who simply needs to be handled appropriately. Instead of shutting the sunlight out altogether, work with the sunlight and disperse it throughout a room in a way that lights the room without allowing it to become overbearing. That is the beauty of Hunter Douglas’s silhouette window shadings that disperse sunlight evenly throughout a room.

    3. Make the room glow: Again, some blinds and shades work with the end goal of simply blocking out the sunlight. This proves to be largely ineffective and also makes for a room that is just full of dark spots. Hunter Douglas shades utilize sunlight in a beautiful and useful way, especially when you go with their Luminette vertical sheers. These shades are much like draperies and their material allows you to bask in the glowing light of the sun in your home. Plus, the shades are thick enough to allow for some privacy too!

    It is easy to see that whatever your shades and blinds needs are, Hunter Douglas shades are the way to go! When you choose Hunter Douglas, you will be able to make the best decision for you and your home!


  4. The right window treatments can save you money.

    August 28, 2014 by Keanu R.

    When you look at older houses you come to find that they incorporate many of the natural touches better than the houses that are being built right now.  Now we have air conditioning and all of these other kinds of things to make the environment just as we would want it.  Back then, they did not have much of anything.  They could not just turn on the AC to make the house cooler, so they had to come up with other things to do to make sure that the house did not overheat during the summer.  As a result, they did a great job of taking into account many of the local and natural factors that would either make the house warmer in the winter or cooler in the summer.  Of course, it is much easier to make a place warmer than it would be to make it cooler.

    window coveringsTo make the houses more habitable, they would often be built according to where the sun would be in the sky.  The houses would add many awnings on the second floor to protect the first floor from light in the summer and allow for the light to come in during the winter.  It was a great plan and many of the houses that are still around have a really cool look about them as a result of this strategy.  Nevertheless, many of the houses that we have built recently do not have this kind of support.  Consequently, we have to look toward different kinds of shades and shutters to keep the sun out in the summer and encouraging it to come in during the winter.

    In looking for my home, I found that Hunter Douglas makes the best shutters. They have the ability to completely shut out the sun during the summer, but when you open them in the winter, it allows for a pretty warm sun to come through and heat the house.  That is the case in Colorado at least.  With this knowledge, I decide to do some of this work to make sure that I could save on some of the energy costs that I would be incurring.  They actually did a great job.  The Hunter Douglas blinds that I got for my dining room do a great job of allowing the sun in during the winter, but blocking it in the summer.  During the summer, I would say that it is probably the difference of five degrees and when you think about it, that is a good difference because of the shades.  The Hunter Douglas shutters I got for the bathroom do a similar good job in letting the sun in during the right times, but allowing for me to block it when I see necessary. I was able to get both at Window Happenings and I am thankful that I was able to work with a good staff that was able to help me throughout the process.  They made it really easy for me to choose the right blinds for me.