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Posted by Kimberly at 9:26 am

If you want to attract customers to your business, a printed awning is the way to go. With so many businesses competing for attention, the best way to ensure that your store stands out from the masses is to consult with a company like U.S. Canvas and Awning that knows how to make your awning earn money for you.

Digital Age

Awnings have been welcoming customers into small businesses for over 100 years. The first awnings in American history that were used in this manner were during the Civil War. However, these awnings were nothing compared to what the digital age can do for awnings today. Digital processes can create bold graphics and dazzling designs that make your store’s awnings go from boring to spectacular. Thanks to this digital technology, the awning business has exploded.

Increased Interest

Dazzling designs are not the only reason that business owners are exhibiting a renewed interest in awnings. In fact, there are many business owners that don’t try to impress anyone with their awnings. They are content with having their name clearly printed on the canvas and that makes them happy. What is driving interest in these canvas attachments is the rising cost of utilities.

Energy costs for businesses are a major concern. Keeping stores adequately heated and cooled for both employees and customers is something that business owners struggle with because they don’t want their energy bills to skyrocket, but they don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. This is when awnings can be a great investment.

Awnings that are strategically designed can reduce the amount of sunlight that enters a building. This can keep the interior of businesses cooled, while adding a cool architectural feature on the outside of the building. Attracting business, while reducing costs are two of the greatest perks that come with purchasing printed awnings.

Digital Printing Concerns

Although digital printing can help you make your storefront stand out, there are some drawbacks to this type of technology. The greatest drawback is the longevity of the design. Awnings are exposed to the weather elements 24/7. Rain, snow, wind, and sunlight can damage an awning over time. Awnings that are printed using digital printing techniques may not stand up to the weather elements as well as older techniques like screen printing.

Screen printing is a technology that has proven longevity. Customers that opt for screen printing, instead of digital printing, can expect their design to last for at least a decade. Digital printing customers may be able to get three or four years out of their awning before it begins to show signs of wear and tear. The reason for such a drastic difference can be found in the ink technology. The ink used during the screen printing process is simply superior to the ink used in digital printing.

Another drawback is that some fabrics are not suitable for digital printing. Fabrics are constructed with top coats. In order for the ink from the digital printing process to adhere to the fabric, the top coat must be able to absorb the ink; otherwise, the resolution will be inadequate or blurry.

To find out how to use digital printing to create a stunning, eye-catching awning, it is best to contact a company like U.S. Canvas and Awning to discuss your design.

Posted by Kimberly at 12:56 pm

Gold CobblerFine jewelry and watches are not only an investment, but they are also a delight to wear. As the Gold Cobbler advises, if you own fine jewelry or luxurious watches, it is important to protect your investments by taking good care of them. Following are some tips for properly caring for your watches and jewelry in the following areas: (more…)


The Gold Cobbler jewelry storeYour engagement and wedding rings will likely be to the most important items of jewelry you will ever own. To ensure that your rings continue to look their very best, it is important to keep them clean and well-maintained over time. While reputable jewelers, such as The Gold Cobbler jewelry store, can provide services and recommendations to help you better care for your rings, there are also some standard care tips that you can take advantage of to preserve your rings.

Taking your rings off when you are showering, doing the dishes, cleaning, applying lotions, exercising, or engaging in any strenuous activity can help to protect them from stains and scuffs. Make sure to have a safe, central place where you can always store your rings so that you do not risk losing or damaging them by taking them off.

Choose the Right Cleaners

Your ring will naturally become cloudy due to exposure to lotions, oils, and everyday dirt and contaminants that can muddle its appearance. By giving it a quick cleaning and brushing approximately once per week, you can ensure that your ring always looks bright, shiny, and beautiful.

Many jewelers recommend warming a bowl of mild dishwashing liquid and water in the microwave and soaking your ring in the warm solution for several minutes. While this can provide you with dazzling results, it is not always safe for every type of ring.

Instead, consider an all-natural jewelry cleaner that utilizes the cleansing powers of such beneficial ingredients as banana and coconut oil. These natural jewelry cleaners can provide beautiful results without damaging your precious metals or stones. You may also consider investing in a tarnish remover and polishing cream, which can be used approximately once every month to remove tarnish from your ring.

Use a Soft Toothbrush

Regardless of which type of solution you choose to clean your rings with, it is important to use a soft toothbrush, Q-tips, or any other type of soft cleaning tool that will not damage your jewelry. Make sure to also dry and polish your rings with a soft cotton cloth.

Visit a Jeweler 

It is important to take your ring into your local jeweler at least once per year so that they can check the integrity of the prongs and the condition of the stones. Professional jewelers, such as The Gold Cobbler jewelry store, can also provide a complete ring cleaning by decontaminating and steaming your ring on the spot. Oftentimes, they will do this completely free of charge.

Posted by Kimberly at 2:10 pm

Awnings play an important role in keeping things out of the weather and preserving them. Naturally, the awning itself can take a real beating from the weather. Because of this, it is not uncommon for awnings to need to be repaired from time to time. Awning repair in Houston is provided by several companies that are set up to provide numerous services.

Cleaning Awnings

Typically, awnings are either made of acrylic or vinyl. It is wise to inspect the awning for signs of stains or mildew when they are first opened each year, after being stored during the winter. Generally if the awning is not too dirty, mild soap and water applied with a soft brush will do just fine in keeping it clean. It is advised to not use oil based and abrasive cleaning solutions. When mildew and more difficult stains need to be dealt with, there are commercial cleaners made specifically for awning fabrics.

Inspecting Awning Hardware

A common mistake that people make is to store the awning when it is wet. It needs to be completely dry on both sides before storing. It is also important to carefully inspect the awning hardware. Most of the load from the awning is supported by the lower awning brackets. The lag screws must be tight to avoid problems with them coming out. It is also important to make sure the awning rail is still securely mounted.

Prepare for High Wind Gusts

One of the most common causes of damage to an awning has to do with excessive winds. Gusts of over 20 miles per hour have the ability to cause extensive damage to the awning. One should never leave an awning unattended when the wind is blowing. If you are using an awning with your RV, it is a good idea to put the awning in the storage position when leaving the campsite. High wind gusts can materialize very quickly and unexpectedly. For this reason, one should use the awning tie downs and take all of the necessary precautions. Sometimes awning repair in Houston cannot be avoided. Nevertheless, there are precautions that one can take that will greatly reduce the chances of damage.

Posted by Kimberly at 6:13 pm

If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you probably cannot wait to get out and start hiking and camping this summer. You need many different items of gear when you go out on a hiking trip. Few of them are more important to a successful outcome of a hiking trip than the backpack that you choose to take with you. If you are looking for a new backpack to carry your gear, then read this short article so that you will be prepared to look for a good backpack at one of your local Baton Rouge sporting goods stores.

The very first thing you will want to do when you are choosing a new backpack is to determine what capacity of backpack you want. Most backpack companies have several capacity sizes in their backpack lineup. You will want to compare numbers and make sure you understand the difference between manufacturers who use liters or cubic inches for volume. What volume is right for you? Although it varies from person to person, there are general categories that are usually a good fit. For day hikes or overnight uses, consider a backpack that runs in the 20 to 50 liter capacity. If you are considering multiple nights or a weekend trip, then you may want to pick a backpack with a capacity of 50 to 60 liters. If you are looking at a trip of up to four or five nights, then select a 60 to 80 liter capacity pack. For extended trips, consider anything 80 liter and above. Your mileage may vary, but if you are inexperienced as a hiker, this is a good place to start.

Some people want to know what the best backpack is if they do both short trips and long trips. If your budget allows, consider getting two packs. The first be a smaller and lighter pack for short trips, and the second would be a large pack for longer trips or hiking in cold weather. Alternatively, choose a single backpack that can carry enough gear to handle the longest track you expect to take. This way you can still use a large backpack for a short trip even if it might be a little bulky. If you do a lot of backcountry skiing, or if you do trips that are over two nights in length, consider using a 60 to 80 liter pack. This same capacity is a good choice for climbing if you are going to attempt to reach a summit that requires an overnight stay.

Depending on the quality of gear that you can afford, you may be able to use a smaller pack. Modern ultralight gear can make a big difference in your total weight, and the bulk of your pack. If you have more questions, ask an associate at one of your local Baton Rouge sporting goods stores for more information today.

Posted by Kimberly at 2:05 pm

sssDo you have a fashion staple? Is there an item of clothing that you just can’t live without? For many women, camisoles or undershirts are an important part of their wardrobe. If you haven’t been introduced to the camisole, you may be wondering what the hype is all about.

Why do women everywhere spend money on a shirt they will wear under their clothing? The answer is that a camisole is that element in your outfit that gives you support and security, allowing you to explore today’s fashion and still feel covered up in the ways that are comfortable to you. Wearing a camisole is easy, and here are a few tips on how to wear yours. (more…)

Posted by Kimberly at 12:11 am

Baton Rouge camping is a great way to spend time with family or friends, while reconnecting with the nature. It allows one to take a break from the hustle and stress of the busy modern lifestyle, and spend some time leading a simple, relaxing life. Camping works great in conjunction with other outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, and wildlife watching. Beginners and experienced campers alike can enjoy this activity, but following a few simple tips can turn your camping trip into a safer and more rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Find Shelter

One of the first priorities when camping is finding shelter before nightfall. Find your camping spot before it starts getting dark, and pitch your tent or park your RV.  If you plan to hike to the camping site, go with a small tent, large enough to only fit the amount of people present on the trip. You do not want your backpack to feel too heavy in case the hike takes longer than planned.

If you are new to camping or if you are planning to travel with a newly purchased tent, practice pitching it in your backyard first. This will help you save time on your trip, as well as give you a good idea of how much room the tent actually has. Bring a shower curtain with you and place it on the ground beneath your tent floor. This will help you stay dry in case of bad weather.

Bring the Right Sleeping Bag

Even during summer months popular camping areas, such as the woods and the mountains, often get cold at night. The temperature is also likely to drop significantly if it rains. By bringing a sleeping bag, you will be sure to stay warm at night. If the night is hot and the sky is clear, you can also use your bag to watch the stars or sleep outside of the tent for an even more authentic outdoors experience.

Make sure you buy the sleeping bag appropriate for the season during which you are planning to camp. Check the weather forecast for the duration of your trip, and find a sleeping bag with the right temperature range. To stay on the safe side, go a few degrees lower than what you will need. You can always unzip the bag if you feel too warm during your Baton Rouge camping, but getting cold at night is not a great experience.

Posted by Kimberly at 4:28 pm

There are many different kinds of awnings that you can use for your home, office space, restaurant, etc. Awnings can be used on all different kinds of buildings for both aesthetics and utility. Awnings add style and design to a building. They also provide shade and comfort. Especially in Houston, awnings can be used to reduce the oppressive heat of the sun in two ways. First, awnings can block the sun from heating up the inside of a building by keeping your windows shaded. Second, awnings block the heat of the sun by keeping your patios or decks shaded. With shaded outside areas, you can spend time outside without getting hot and uncomfortable. Here are the differeng kinds of awnings that you can have for your buildings.

Fabric and Metal Awnings

First, there are fabric and metal awnings which act as permanent awnings. Usually fabric and metal awnings are used to shade doorways and windows. There are also fabric and metal canopies. There is a slight difference between the fabric and metal awnings and the fabric and metal canopies. Canopies are generally larger, used primarily for covering a porch or deck. Canopies are also often detached from a building. Awnings, on the other hand, are usually always attached to a building. Though they can be as large as canopies, they are generally smaller. Because the differences between awnings and canopies are so small, they are often confused and people often refer to canopies as awnings.

Retractable Awnings

Metal awnings are obviously immovable awnings. There are also often fabric awnings that cannot be moved as well. But, if you are looking for awnings that can be moved and retracted, there are fabric awnings that have this capability as well. Retractable awnings are often larger awnings used to cover sitting areas. With retractable awnings, if the weather is cooler and you do not want the shade, you can pull the awning back and get the sunlight while you enjoy the outdoors. Also, you can retract a retractable awning during months of bad weather. If you notice that there is a lot of rain, winds, or maybe even snow, you can retract the awning in order to protect the awning’s fabric from any adverse effects from the bad weather. This can save you a lot of time and money because if you can retract your om having to replace your Houston awnings due to weather damages.

Posted by Kimberly at 6:38 pm

Every woman would want to look her best at all times. It is no secret that women take more time choosing the dress to wear compared to men because ladies are too conscious in choosing the clothes to wear. One of the more common concerns of women who are fashionably inclined is looking for the women’s designer jeans that can accentuate and flatter her features. Here are some helpful pointers that you may consider when looking for a pair of denims.

Consider your figure. Some of the jeans are designed for petite girls while others are perfect for plus size ladies. Women with average body may look for a category that fits in the middle. Until they get more inclined to either size due to various reasons. Needless to say, you need to decide which one fits you best. Knowing the size of your hips is never enough.


In Chicago, barber shops are making a comeback! All across the city men are returning to the barber after spending having their hair styled in salons. The increased interest in the upscale barber spas that are designed to meet the grooming needs of men comes from a growing movement of young professionals who take great pride in their appearance.

Between the ages of 20 and 40 career minded men are taking an interest in the upscale grooming services that are available to them. For many young executives the image that they portray in the office is an extension of their lifestyle. Always mindful of their clothing choice, the men that frequent the upscale barber spas have made it their mission in life to achieve the success that affords them the best of everything. (more…)