Q: I have been using Maybelline Ultra-Brow Brush-On Color, light brown, for decades. It has recently been discontinued, and I tried to keep up by buying many at one time, but now I am in need. Do you know of any place I can now purchase this product? Thank you for your help. — Gloria Nelson, Roswell
A: Gloria, because Maybelline has discontinued the product, and the stores are finally out of stock, you’re left with only a couple of options. The first is to look for a comparable product, and the second is to hit the Internet. In this case it means Amazon.com or ebay.com. You’ll find Ultra-Brow in light brown on both sites. The most reasonable price I found was for $9.99 on eBay. If you go to Amazon, make sure you check out the prices below the first price you see and look at what other sellers are asking.
Q. I'm looking for coffee syrup, similar to chocolate syrup. I can't find it anywhere. Thanks. — Roger Engler, email
A: It doesn’t sound as if you’re looking for any of the popular syrups that flavor upscale java in coffee houses. Those are transparent and nothing like chocolate syrup. Autocrat is the gold standard for coffee syrups and has been a Rhode Island favorite since 1930. Autocrat wasn’t without competition from Eclipse, which made a similar product, but pretty much took care of that pesky problem by buying out the company. Today, Autocrat offers both coffee syrups. You can order Autocrat online from www.littlerhodyfoods.com or by calling 800-746-3934, but there’s a case minimum, meaning that you’ll end up with six 16-ounce bottles of the syrup for $24.95. If that’s too much of a commitment for you, consider amazon.com, where you’ll find a 16-ounce of Autocrat coffee syrup for $9.99.