Q: Can you tell me who in metro Atlanta would make a matching .4 carat diamond earring for me at a reasonable price? I seem to have lost one of them. Kathy Langley, email
A: Kathy, custom jewelry and reasonable pricing are, most often, a difficult match. It’s more important to find you reputable jeweler, so I reached out to Joe Ellis at Silver Dollar Pawn in Roswell to get his recommendation since he and his family have have been in the jewelry and coin business for decades. He suggested you check out JWO Jewelers, 900 Mansell Road, Roswell, 770-552-9235. The company was started in 1986 by Dirk Hochburger. Today, JWO is still a family affair, and son, Krist, has taken over the business, utilizing his passion for designing custom pieces. You can get more information by going to the website, jwojewelers.com.
Q: Amaretti di Saronno cookies wrapped in the pretty pastel tissue paper used to be available just about everywhere. In the past few years, they seem to be disappearing in stores. I love these cookies and they’re so pretty for guests. With the holidays here, I’d love to serve them. Please help me find these cookies. Thank you. Pat Smith, email
A: Pat, not only are Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno cookies delicious out of hand, but the Italian almond-flavored sweets make excellent no-bake crusts for pies, too. These individually wrapped treats are available in the pretty square red box for $10.99 at Cost Plus World Market, 2530 Cumberland Blvd., Smyrna, 770-431-1470.
Q: Several years ago, I read somewhere that there’s a company that puts together boxes of candies from specific years. I have a friend who always talks about her favorite candies from the 1950, when she was a young girl. I can’t remember the name of the company but I know it was online. I’m not very good searching on the computer. Can you help me find this place? Thanks. Mrs. Wallace, email
A: It sounds as if you’re thinking of the decade gift boxes filled with treats from specific decades starting with pre-1920s. You can order the box filled with a variety of 1950s favorites from candy necklaces and Bonomo’s Turkish taffy to bubble gum cigarettes and Charleston Chews. Decade candy gift boxes are available in two sizes. The 2-pound sells for $24.99 and the 4-pound costs $34.99. They’re available through oldtimecandy.com or by calling 866-929-5477.
Q: I’m looking for a local outlet where I can purchase Baxter deodorant for men. It’s for sensitive skin, and comes in a blue stick. Thank you. Rob Chandler, email
A: Baxter of California deodorant is alcohol and aluminum-free, and features a clean scent that combines citrus, herbs and musk. It’s formulated to kill odor-causing bacteria without using ingredients that stain or irritate. A 2.6-ounce stick costs $19. You’ll find it at men’s fragrances, Bloomingdale’s, Lenox Square, 404-495-2800.
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