February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day!
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.
Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
48 Days and Counting!
Grand Opening Day is Tuesday, April 2nd!
Our new store hours are:
Monday:  Closed
Tuesday-Friday:  9-6
Saturday:  9-3
Sunday:  Closed
New to our website – we have added a monthly calendar of events for Mock Pond and Landscape Supply!  Just click the link below to see the schedule for April.
Note:  We have 2 open house dates with great product specials for you!
Our spring early buy programs are now open!  You have until March 15th to place your orders.  Call us if you have any questions!
Lawn Care
Check your Emails!
We will be sending out our lawn maintenance contracts this week!  Please read them carefully, and let us know if you have any questions!
Need a Sweet Treat?
    Eatz and Treatz – Hartville
1261 W. Maple Street
Hartville, OH 44632
2018 Akron Home and Flower Show
Nine Days and Counting!

Please join us at the 2018 Akron Home and Flower Show on Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25 at the John S. Knight Center in beautiful downtown Akron!
Akron Home & Flower Show All Under One Roof!
Purchase tickets for the 2018 Akron Home & Flower Show!
Tickets can be purchased at John S. Knight Center on the days of the event.
The Akron Home and Flower Show returns to the John S. Knight Center to celebrate its 24th year with exciting changes all around. Carter Lumber sponsors our stage once again as we feature Dr. Lori (History Channel) and her entertaining approach to antique appraisal.  Also sharing the stage is nationally known florist, Laura Dowling and of course Outback Ray.
Many local professionals in the fields of Construction & Renovation, Home Décor and Outdoor Living pair well with local trade experts in Kitchen/Bath, HVAC, Windows/Doors-just to name a few.
While attending don’t forget to visit the Market Merchants and the featured Garden to Table experience.
No matter what the day, the inside will transform to a wonderful oasis from the winter cold.
Fun Fact
A study using MRI scans showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don’t.  Exercising every day will keep you young!
On This Day in History
February 14, 1848 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving US President to have his photograph taken.

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