Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
The licensed pest-control technicians from Florida Pest & Lawn shoo away a wide range of critters such as termites, bedbugs, ants, or rodents from inside and outside homes. The pest-control team takes its orders from Richie Kidwell, an industry veteran who learned from his father Fred, also a pest-control specialist, that bugs require more stern evacuation measures than a polite cough or a cease-and-desist letter. On each visit, a team member makes sure that no bug slips through cracks by performing treatments on both the interior and exterior of the home, inspecting and spraying popular pest hangouts such as around appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, and garbage cans. To ensure that colonies don’t return, the technician also sprays a six-foot barrier around the home’s exterior, which effectively keeps all but 6’1” bugs at bay.
In addition to their pest banishing specialty, the team trims and cares for lawns and shrubs to keep yards healthy and verdant, wielding environmentally friendly products to fertilize plants or snuff out unwanted weeds.
Those who visit Artistic East Orlando Florist interact directly with the talented arranger who crafts their bouquets, instead of trying to communicate their tastes via smoke signal. That artist puts special care into each order, creating hand-tied bouquets and arrangements in traditional or exotic styles. Local delivery services are available, and late orders can often be accommodated.
If lawns, yards, and walkways were hairdos, CF Landscaping & Lawn Care’s technicians would be master stylists. They can collaborate with homeowners on landscaping-design plans, install luminous outdoor-lighting schemes, or create smooth stone walkways or back decks. CF’s staff of outdoor experts also can manage commercial properties, maintaining shrubbery, caring for trees, and building intricate garden mazes for disciplining employees that continually steal the half and half. The green-thumbed professionals jet all across Orange and Seminole Counties.
They say that no one can touch a rainbow, but the florists at The Flower Nook might beg to differ. For they create several every day in the form of stunning, colorful floral arrangements. Freshly cut blossoms—from red roses to bright yellow sunflowers—mingle in vases or baskets, reaffirming spousal love, proclaiming filial affection, and offering praise to the plant people who live in the attic. Same-day deliveries ensure that arrangements reach their recipients while still fresh and vibrant.
Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.