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Are You Interested in a Home Cinema?

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What You Need To Know Before Adding a Home Cinema To Your Home

Did you know that as many as 1400 people per month are now flocking to the Grand Strand area (in 2019)? We are experiencing growth like few other cities and areas in the USA.

With growth comes growing pains.

Growing pains like these:

  • Houses are popping up like mushrooms but experienced labor is hard to find.
  • Roads are built a neck-breaking speed but cause congestion.
  • Consumers have high demands for homes but finding the perfect home is tough.

You might be looking for a home with a home cinema.

If you can’t find what you are looking for along with all the other new residents to Horry and Georgetown County, maybe you should consider building the perfect home cinema.

What you need to know is that you need to find the most skilled person to design your home cinema, before you hire any contractor to do the work!

Who Will You Invite To Your Home Cinema?

As you think and start working with an expert in your home cinema design, the FIRST thing you will need to decide is who you will be invited to enjoy this home cinema with!

Before settling on a home cinema design you will need to know

  • maximum number of people you will want to watch movies with
  • the ages of the people you will want to watch movies with
  • other activities/functionalities that the room will be used for

Hold off on the invites until your home cinema is done..;)

Myrtle Beach Area Home Cinema Options

You know you have home cinema design and installation choices if you live on the Grand Strand.

We encourage you to do a few things before settling on whom to hire to install your home cinema.

  • check out websites of potential designers/installers
  • call around and talk to potential home cinema designers and installers to gage responsiveness
  • read online reviews (Google, Facebook)
  • ask your friends and neighbors for referrals
  • ask your Facebook friends for recommendations

In other words, do your due diligence so you don’t get taken advantage of.

You will want to work with a professional company who is insured, licensed and bonded, has years of experience, and puts its customers first.

Grand Strand Home Cinema Installers

No matter who you pick to be your home cinema designer and installer; be sure to know s/he designs something you love!

Communication is important for all aspects of this process.

If you’d like to talk with Chuck, please give him a call. We would love to be considered for your next home cinema project!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

How To Get the Most for Your Ideal Home Theater Price

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Are You In The Market for a Home Theater?

Are you contemplating adding a home theater to your existing home, or are you building a home and want to have a home theater?

The first thing to do when looking for ideas is to do some in-person and online research.

We recommend sites like Pinterest and Houzz to get some ideas.

Before you can do your research though, about what is available, you need to know two things.

The first thing you need to do is set a budget.

Next…

Decide Where You Want To Install Your Home Theater

If you are contemplating adding a home theater to an existing home, you might need to get a contractor in to help you decide what is possible, especially if you are repurposing a previously unused space like a garage or unfinished attic.

However, if you are building a home, it is much easier to work with the current builder to get a room marked for home theater use – and add all the wiring during the building process!

This will save you money, for sure.

We at Strand Security help homeowners and builders with this often!

Feel free to reach out to us today!

What Do You Want to Do In Your Home Theater?

Of course, it is important to know what functionality your home theater has to have!

🎼Are you looking to entertain with music, maybe watch rock concerts and movies? You need the best audio system to enhance your viewing pleasure.

💥Do you want to record your own music?

🍹Will you want to prepare and serve food and beverages in the home theater?

👫How many people do you want to invite into your home theater? Will it be a small theater room or does it need to be large enough for a big crowd?

♟Do you need tables for board games, a jukebox, or room for darts?

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What Equipment Do You Already Own to Put into a Home Theater?

You might already have an audio system, like our popular Sonos speakers.

If you have furniture that can be repurposed, that’s a great start.

Do you have a large TV that you want to relocate to the home theater? That will shave off some money of your overall ideal home theater price!

You will need to take a look at seating possibilities, table space, wall space and more.

What can I Expect To Pay; What is an Average Home Theater Price?

There is really no ‘average’ price!

You could get a room set up for as little as $500 if you have some of the components and equipment already.

Some people spend $10,000 or even $30,000 for a home theater. They might have a large, expensive home (read: mansion) and spending that much would make no sense for a cheaper home. While adding a home theater adds resale value to a home, you should by no means over-spend!

We can’t look in your wallet, so it is important for you to decide what you want to spend.

What do you think a fair home theater price is for your home?

How To Get the Most Bang for Your Buck and The Best Home Theater Price

  1. Make decisions about your future home theater before talking to a professional
  2. Ask for Professional help! Don’t go it alone, but hire someone who knows what they are doing!
  3. Home theaters are a great selling point if you ever need to sell your home. They made a solid investment.
  4. Consider adding a home theater to a new home you are building. It’s much cheaper doing this during construction.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

How To Easily Select the Best Home Audio System

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Are You Looking for a Home Audio System?

Who doesn’t love music, right?

A home audio system will enhance your listening enjoyment as you will be able to customize to your personal wishes.

  • Want a system that also plays music outside? ✔️
  • Need something that is easy to use? ✔️
  • Looking for integration with an existing system in your home? ✔️
  • Wishing for the latest technology? ✔️
  • Hoping to purchase from a local dealer? ✔️
  • Don’t want to spend hours on installation? ✔️
  • Like listening to music in all rooms of your home? ✔️

Whatever your wish may be, Strand Security can help you find the best home audio system!

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Home Audio Systems Will Change Your Home Entertainment Life!

What happens when you get a home audio system installed in your home?

All the feels!

✅ JOY

✅ CALMNESS

✅ LOVE

✅ SERENITY

✅ DELIGHTFULNESS

✅ ELATION

✅ LIVELINESS

✅ REMINISCE

and so much more!

You will be able to turn on music, news, broadcasts, podcasts, radio stations etc with the click of a button or the sound of your voice, no matter where in (or outside) your home you are.

Are you ready to sing, dance, tap, clap and be entertained?

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What Home Audio System Is Best For You and Your Home?

That depends on many factors and the best way to get a good answer is to come to speak with us at Strand Security.

You are welcome to come to our showroom in Murrells Inlet for demos, or we can come to you.

Either way, get an expert at audio systems to recommend a few options.

Strand Security Featured Home Audio Products

Strand Security is proud to install only the best of the best.

Here are the home audio brands we love and install in homes in Georgetown County and Horry County!

Klipsch

Speakers & Headphones

  • USA engineered
  • latest technology
  • surround sound systems

Onkyo

Check out their product line here.

  • complete home theater systems
  • personal audio systems
  • works with Sonos
  • Google assistant build-in

Bose

Better sound through research

  • soundbars
  • headphones and sleepbuds
  • powerful performance
  • versatile designs

Sonos

Home Sound Systems

  • perfect for football season
  • colorful
  • wireless
  • stream via WiFi

Origin Acoustics

Includes outdoor speaker product line

  • dedication to sound reproduction
  • functionality
  • aesthetics

How To Get The Best Home Audio System Installed

This is the easy part.

Once you’ve decided what you want and when you want your system, one phone call to Strand Security is all it takes to get scheduled for installation.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

 

 

How To Get The Best Theater Room Money Can Buy

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Are you in the market for a new home theater? Do you want the best theater room money can buy? Look no further. We have the answers you need, want and have been looking for!

Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area services both Horry County and Georgetown County and we specialize in customized home theater rooms. Before you give Chuck a call at 843-318-6392 to set up a consult about your needs and wants, you need to know several things!

Here are the 5 steps you need to take to get the best home theater room money can buy!

1) Do Theater Room Design Research

Before you call us, or anyone, you need to have some ideas of the possibilities!
Ask your friends, go online, visit Houzz and Pinterest and use Google to find some neat ideas.

2) Complete Brand Research for your Theater Room

Next, do your brand research.

What brands do you trust, what do you like, what does each brand offer.

A good way to go about that is to check brand warranties and online reviews!

3) Take Stock of Reusable Furniture and Equipment

What do you already own in your home, that you will want in your home theater?

Is it seating, speakers, a large TV or surround sound system, or are you starting from scratch?

4) Take Measurements of the Future Theater Room

If you have your room ready to go, this is the right time take careful measurements. The size of the room will dictate the type of sound system you will need, the size and placement of your furniture and more. Make sure to note everything on paper, including the number of outlets, windows etc.

5) Set a Budget for Your New Theater Room

It’s important to set a budget for your home theater room. You’d be wasting a lot of time looking at brands and equipment if your budget is too small to afford it. If you don’t know what type of budget you need, make that your top priority question when you call a home theater expert!

Best to get that out of the way to make things clear – your budget should include line items for furniture, technical equipment, and installation fees.

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Now It Is Time To Call Your Local Home Theater Expert for Quotes

Now that you’ve got your 5 steps taken care off, it is time to call your local home theater expert!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

Will You Need Expert Help With Home Theater Setup?

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Are You In The Market For A Home Theater?

Are you looking to add a home theater to your home this year?

Are you exploring your options for a home theater and you aren’t’ sure where to start?

You’ve come to the right place.

We are Strand Security and we not only specialize in residential and commercial security systems, we also design and install home theaters all along the Grand Strand, both in Horry County and Georgetown County.

If you are considering whether you can DIY or whether you need expert advice for your home theater setup, this is also the place to find out.

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Know All Home Theater Options Available To You

The fact that you are considering adding a home theater, or upgrading an existing home theater, means that you most likely have experienced the fun and incredible experience of home entertainment.

Before you decide on what you want, you need to know what options are available to you!

The best place to start is with research! 

There are many great places to start your research. Here are some options:

Know What You Want in a Home Theater Setup!

What is your prefered order of ‘wants’ in a home theater?

Put these in order of most importance to you first, and then get started with planning.

Know What Type of Home Theater Your Home Can Handle

You might want, want, want, but what can your home handle? How big is the space you are planning to add this home theater?

It is very important to take good measurements and to draw up a plan. Creating a design blueprint is a great idea. There are apps you can download that will help you do this on your phone so that you can visualize where what your room will look like and where the seating and equipment will be placed.

The most important thing to consider in all this home theater planning is this:

Know Your Technical Capabilities for Home Theater Setup

If you have never setup a home theater, a Smart TV, lighting, surround sound, a computer system or anything of this sort, setting up a home theater is going to do nothing for you but give you a big headache.

We suggested hiring an expert for your home theater setup and design.

It’s what they do all day long and what they are good at! This home theater installer will be aware of the latest technology, where to get the best pricing on the best equipment and how to install and program the whole system so it works the first time you want to use it!


Give Strand Security a call today to discuss your home theater questions!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

5 Excellent Reasons You Will Want Home Automation Now

Is Your Home a Smart Home Yet?

We’ve been busy here at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area, not just with installing new home security systems and home automation features, but also with writing this blog and several of the articles we’ve been writing lately are about home automation. The Grand Strand area is growing rapidly and new homes, new neighborhoods, new businesses and new roads are being build at incredible speed!

It’s a popular topic to write about as it’s a growing trend among home owners!

People like you want the right information to make the right decision about their home before they invest time and money into home automation. Believe us when we say ‘we get it’!

Home Automation Information and Latest News

Want to know more about home automation and what home automation can do for you, here are some of the most recent articles on our very own Strand Security blog that talks about automation and smart technology.

🔴 How to convert an old home into a smart home. Read it here

🔴 Smart home. Safe home. Secure home. Read it here

🔴 How to give your home a voice. Read it here

🔴 Party like a rockstar at home with SONOS. Read it here

🔴 How to program your universal remote the easy way. Read it here

🔴 Smart homeowners get smart home demos in Myrtle Beach. Read it here

We hope these articles have inspired you and made you excited about using home automation to turn your home into a smart home! We are here to help you…!

Don’t Put Off Home Automation! What Are You Waiting For?

In case you are still hesitant, here are 5 reasons you will want home automation now!

1) Improved security

Of course you will get improved security with home automation! Your systems will work together and the possibilities are endless. The best part? Once it’s set up, your overall security is enhanced by it. For example, you might be able to watch your home security cameras in real time from an app on your device! Nothing will get by you.

2) Timesaver

As your home is automated, many ‘daily tasks’ will be automated. With voice activation simple commends like ‘good morning house’ could lower the temperature in your home, raise the blinds and unlock your front door all at the same time without you lifting a finger!

3) Frustration-Free

Since everything is automated, it is, well, automated! No more frustration that you forgot to change the thermostat before your left the home. No more frustration that you forgot to set your security alarm system. No more frustration that you can’t remember if you fed the dog

4) Saves Money on Utility Bills

Home automation will automatically save you… money! Of course it does. Your thermostat will be automated to give you the perfect temperature when you are home, saving energy when you are not!

5) Resale Value of Your Home

If you are ready to sell your home soon, home automation features can be an important selling point and enhance the overall feel for your home to a potential buyer. Getting the best and latest and greatest gadgets is something most home buyers would want!

How Do You Get Started With Home Automation?

Call your local professional to consult with. Our phone number number is 843-318-6392

After doing research, like reading this and other articles online, you might have an idea of what features you might want and need in your home. The next step would be to have a professional come out to your home and give you an even clearer picture of home automation possibilities.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

3 Easy Ways To Add Value To Your New Home

3 easy ways to add value to your new home in Myrtle Beach and on the Grand Strand

Are You A Myrtle Beach Contractor or Builder?

If you are, or know someone who is, pay close attention.

Are You Looking to Purchase a New Home In Myrtle Beach?

If you are, or know someone who is, pay close attention.

Are You Building a New Home on the Grand Strand?

If you are, or know someone who is, play close attention.

The Myrtle Beach area, the Grand Strand, is booming!

New roads.

New neighborhoods.

New stores.

New banks.

New hospitals.

New schools.

New local attractions.

New hotels.

New restaurants.

You name it and someone, somewhere, on the Grand Strand is building it!

Isn’t it crazy to see the road construction and the building, the new neighborhoods, stores and restaurants just popping up all over the place?

Just the other day we were driving on Business 17 on the south end of Myrtle Beach near the airport, and what seemed like happened overnight (probably took a few weeks) another new Walmart Neighborhood Store popped up on a corner lot! Not really keeping count, but we can name at least five such stores that were built in the last year or so on the Grand Strand. That’s a LOT of new Walmart stores in one area… and area that already has several Super Walmart Stores!

Take it from Walmart – if they build new stores, that area is thriving and growing! 

Stores, schools and roads, oh my!

That’s all great, but who is moving to Myrtle Beach?

It seems everyone is!

What is There Not to Love About Myrtle Beach?

People move to the beach for

  • weather
  • cheap cost of living
  • cheap homes
  • low tax rates
  • join up with family
  • jobs
  • retirement
  • seasonal work
  • college

Whatever reason they come, most people stay and make Myrtle Beach their permanent home!

If You Are Building a New Home in Myrtle Beach, Pay Attention Here!

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We are a locally owned and locally operated small business, Strand Security. We live and work right here at the beach with you, in a neighborhood just like yours.

If you are investing in the Grand Strand area, by buying a new home or establishing a business, especially a new construction, we want you to get more bang for your buck.

We work with contractors, builders and home and business owners on a daily basis.

Here is what we learned: It pays to think and plan ahead!

Meaning; when building a home or a business building, it is a good idea to add wiring and pipes for certain add-on features you might, or might not, want at a later date.

Here are three adds-on features (we feel these aren’t really add-ons but we’ve learned they are) you might want to consider planning for BEFORE construction on your home or business building is complete!

These three features are

  1. Central Vacuum
  2. Security Wiring
  3. Home Theater

If you have any of these item on your ‘wish list’ for your new home let us tell you that adding these AFTER your construction is complete, you’ll also be adding more money to overall cost for these items!

Wiring for a security system or adding the central vacuum to your new home is MUCH EASIER and MUCH CHEAPER to do BEFORE the WALLS GO UP! That does make sense, right? The same holds true for the construction of a home theater! Getting the right wiring, the right outlets in the right place on the right wall makes it ‘done right’ the first time and saves you money down the road.

Last but not least let us mention that adding these ‘extra’ features adds immediate value to your new home!

Let Us Work With Your Builder!

We enjoy working with builders.

If you are in the midst of construction for a new home or business, come talk to us at our office in Murrells Inlet or call Chuck anytime at 843-318-6392. We prefer doing your installation before the walls are up, but certainly before the home is completely finished. It will save you money and that makes not just us happy, but it should make you happy as well!

How may we help you today?

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

Party Like A Rockstar at Your Home With SONOS

Party Like A Rockstar at your home with SONOS

Spring Time is Party Time!

What happens in spring time?

Here is a list!

  • Graduations
  • Weddings
  • Babies
  • Baptisms
  •  Confirmation
  • First Communion
  • Bar Mitzvah
  • Sports Championships on TV

just to name a few events!

Whether you have a small or large family, these special events call for special parties.

If you have the right set up at home, you can host a beautiful get-together at your home, utilizing both the inside as well as your outside living space to play host to your family and friends. If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, spring time is a great time to include your outdoor space in your party planning! The worst of the pollen should be behind us and it’s not too hot yet to be outside! Hire a caterer and it’s even easier. But wait… what about a DJ? No party is complete without entertainment and music.

Let SONOS Be The Life of Your Party!

What is SONOS?

Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that fills as many rooms as you want with great-sounding music, movies and TV. Stream via WiFi. Play whatever you’re craving. And amp up every moment with intense, pulse-pounding sound.

SONOS is a speaker system that streams your music to any room, or all of the rooms in your house. Small or big, SONOS has a speaker that will compliment each room. The speakers are wireless and deliver a smooth and crystal clear HiFi sound that will help produce magic at any party. This speaker system can stream music from your personal music library or from your favorite music services. SONOS have a versatile design and can easily fit anywhere in your house or outdoor living space. Control the music you want with the SONOS app on your tablet, PC or smartphone.

 

With SONOS you can be sure that whatever it is you want to hear, can be heard anywhere is your home.

With SONOS you can be sure that whatever it is you want to see, can be viewed anywhere in your home.

Check out this video to see how it all works together!

 

SONOS, You and Strand Security Makes For a Great Party                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Let Strand Security be your ‘party planner’ and take care of your home theater for you! We’d love to plan, order and install your SONOS home sound system for you, as well anything else you might love to have in your home that’s part of your dream home theater.  Give Chuck a call today!Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

6 Awesome Sonos Tips for Sports Fans Everywhere!

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Sonos speakers are so versatile!

We love having these Sonos speakers in our office and our home. We always have great quality sounds whenever and wherever we want it. These speakers are also great if you have an outdoor kitchen or a pool, a restaurant or entertainment venue. They are easy to set up, easy to use and come with a great app. Of course, being able to stream Apple  Music doesn’t hurt one bit!

Go ahead and have a dance party!

But there’s more to Sonos speakers than just music…!

Sports Fans Unite

Now Sonos gives you six more reasons to celebrate with these six awesome Sonos tips for sports fans everywhere!

Get a Running Start

Sonos tips for sports fans

Never be late to a game again! Set a game time alarm to fire up your Sonos right when the game starts! Even when you get busy, Sonos will have your covered…!

Make a Trade

Sonos tips for sports fans

If you haven’t done so yet, download the Sonos app! There are many advantages to having the app, here is just great tip for sports fans everywhere. With the Sonos app, use tune-in radio to do something super cool; you can replace (or trade in) those announcers you despise with your favorite local sportscast! How great is that? No more listening to annoying announcers you can’t stand.

Catch Every Call

6 awesome Sonos tips for sports fans everywhere

Sound is important to a good game! But when there’s a crowd watching the game, background noise can be, well, irritating! If you have the Sonos Playbar, turn on ‘speech enhancement’! This will boost the sound of the broadcasters’ voices and make it a much more enjoyable game for everyone!

Follow Your Team

Sonos tips for sports fans

How frustrated do you get when you can’t watch or listen to your favorite team play live? Say no more; we used to feel your pain. No more frustration with the MLB Gameday app when you listen live on Sonos! You can pick your team and follow every game; including all regular and post-season contests. We mean every single game, whether they play at home or away. And those annoying blackout dates…? We don’t have those!

Mets or Yankees?

Sonos tips for sports fans

Can we add to Mets or Yankees maybe Red Sox or Orioles? If you and your family can’t support the same team, no worries. Sonos will make sure neither of you has to suffer and watch the ‘wrong’ game. You can stream one game in one room and a completely different game in another with Sonos. Meet in neutral territory for snacks! May we suggest the kitchen, unless you’ve got a third uncle who has claimed that room!

Cover All Your Bases
Sonos tips for sports fans

If you are busy in your home (maybe you are chasing a toddler from room to room) here’s on last handy tip! Group all of your Sonos speakers together to play the same game on all of your speakers simultaneously. You will be guaranteed not to miss a single action-packed play ever again unless you leave your home! You can move from your living room to your kitchen to your bedroom to the kids playroom; wherever there’s a speaker is set up, you’ll be able to follow the game!


No die-hard sports fan should miss a game…

These Sonos speakers make great gifts for Dads, grandpas, teachers, neighbors and uncles… but wait! Moms, grandmas and aunts love Sonos speakers too!

If you need help selecting the best speakers for your home or office, please connect with us or stop by our showroom for a demo!

Contact Strand Security today

 

3 Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Outdoor Summer Family Fun!

3 unique father's day gift ideas for outdoor summer family fun

Who Doesn’t Love to Hang Out With Dad in the Summer, Outside?

We at Strand Security are so very lucky to live near the beach! Our summer starts early and lasts… well, until we say it’s over!

The Myrtle Beach (and Grand Strand) area is a great place to play outdoors and by ‘play’ we mean play in the water, sand and more water!

Pools, beaches and rivers a-plenty and there’s not much stopping us from enjoying the outdoors with Dad besides the number of toys we have! Or is there?

If your Dad already all the fishing equipment, hunting gear and boating toys he needs, what will you get him for Father’s Day this year?

Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day gifts are a great way to start your summer off with some fun new toys and experiences the whole family can enjoy! Why not give the gift of family fun  – hey, if you want to buy that cologne for Dad, or that special tie, we are sure he’d appreciate that, too – to create lasting memories!

So when we start thinking about family fun and Father’s Day gifts, summer outdoor fun and family time, we come back to the same few ideas!

Our first (and best) idea this:

1. Get Dad the Gift of Outdoor Music with SONOS Speakers!

Did you know that SONOS wireless speakers can be placed anywhere and that by using our app Dad will be able to play all his music?

Well, if you have an outdoor living area, or a pool area, why not stream your favorite music right to where the fun is? Give Dad a SONOS speaker this year for Father’s Day.

Then plan a party and dance, swim and eat with music – it makes every experience better and memories last longer!

What to get Dad for Father's Day!

2. Outdoor Toys for Fun Time with Dad

Our next idea is to give Dad some outdoor toys of his own – but toys that are only fun to play with if his family gets involved. So here is a list of gifts Dad would appreciate – but he’d need your help to play with.

  • volleyball net and ball
  • kite
  • soccer ball and goal
  • two tennis racquets and a sleeve of balls
  • corn hole set

3. Give Dad the Gift of Time Spend With Family

The last Father’s Day gift idea we have is to find ‘experiences’ in your area; fun outings you just haven’t taken the time to do. Here are some ideas we found in the Myrtle Beach and South Carolina area.

Dad will appreciate and love any gift given to him. He will.

But… and there is a but!

He will remember what was given to him if it created lasting, precious memories!

How Will You Treat Dad This Father’s Day?

Now it’s up to you to treat Dad well.

Make him breakfast in bed.

Spend some time with him.

…and promise to help him enjoy his new toys and upcoming outings!

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