Owner Ken Fil and his clan of experts at Van Winkle Mattress Company work tirelessly to help their clients to get a good night's sleep. They carry mattresses from brands such as Corsicana, Sealy Posturepedic, and Sealy Embody, as well as futon mattresses from Wolf Corporation. Their large selection includes styles that run the gamut from firm to plush and memory foam to latex. In addition to standard sizes ranging from twin to king, Van Winkle takes orders for custom sizes and mattresses equipped with hyperspeed capabilities for optimum space exploration. Staffers also stock the showroom with home essentials including beds, headboards, futons, frames, and other accessories in addition to furnishings from brands such as Leggett & Platt and World Imports.
Ken Cappelletty and Fred Moor, the men who man Ken’s Flower Shops, didn’t grow up dreaming about buds and stems. Raised by a local policeman, Ken likely spent more time playing cops and robbers than sniffing the neighbor’s rosebushes. It wasn’t until he helmed the cash register at a neighborhood florist in L.A. that he discovered his knack for design. Here, he started to see flowers as more than just plants, viewing them as art supplies that happen to smell nice. When Ken returned to Ohio, his parents helped him launch a small shop that arranged blooms in the morning and delivered them in the afternoon. Two years later, in 1967, his friend Fred took some of the reins, helping him grow the business into three local stores affiliated with FTD and Teleflora. From this labor of love, a legacy began to take root. At each shop, seasoned designers incorporate customers’ requests into birthday bouquets, wedding corsages, and gift baskets filled with wine, house-baked cookies, and stuffed toys cute enough to melt hearts and plush enough to sop up the mess. Their talent and creativity takes center stage as well, whether they’re filling vases with orchids, crafting wreaths from roses, or building bouquets from singing balloons. To this day, Fred often answers the phones, discerning customers’ style preferences from friendly chats rather than pilfered diary pages. To make giving easy as getting, the shop’s wares can be delivered locally or internationally, seven days a week.
Each Oasis Hot Tub Gardens location offers at least 14 private rooms with temperature-controlled tubs, each depicting a different vacation spot. Retreat to the distinguished air of Isle Royale, bask in Vancouver's aqueous ambience, soak sore bones in the indoor atrium, or enter enlightenment in the Japanese-inspired garden. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs for moistened loungers of all seasonal preferences, and each private garden comes replete with a multi-channel music system with an MP3 player option, an enclosed dressing room with shower, soap, and towels, plus free romantic air donated by the mother of all nature, Mother Nature.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
The florists at Norton's understand the thoughtful sentiment behind a vase full of velvety roses, a ribbon-strewn corsage, or a summery bouquet, handmaking each floral masterpiece to complement a wide range of special occasions. They owe their expertise to Norton's well-established tradition as a local institution and family-run enterprise—the shop traces its origins back to 1892, an age when men still wore hats, horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets, and a gift of flowers was a legally binding marriage contract. Today, Norton's creates gifts for nearly any occasion, from bright yellow flowers in a smiley-face vase for Get Well messages, to full-scale designs of arrangements and bouquets for weddings.
Emblazoned with the company motto—“We Deliver the WOW!”—Norton's fleet of brightly colored delivery vans travels throughout Washtenaw County seven days a week, brightening homes with floral well-wishes, unique gifts, and romantic roses.