Family-owned and operated Frances Flower Shop sells flowers and gifts for all occasions from its cozy and non-presidential white house. Its large inventory of fresh flowers and plants can be arranged to suit most any gift-giving need—thank a friend for years of loyalty and good times, or just make your parole officer smile. The Belafonte-bounty of the Calypso ($45.95) boasts blooms in tropical pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows, while fast-to-act floral fanatics can opt for the high-flying Halloween horticulture of the Bat's Incredible ($34.95). Specialized bouquets honoring anniversaries, births, and birthdays are available, as is a wide array of gourmet fruit and gift baskets, greeting cards, and candle.
A regular contributor to NBC's The Today Show, a TV host, and author of the bestselling Garden Home book series, P. Allen Smith cultivates innovative solutions for enhancing home greenery and nurturing leafy pets. Smith’s expertise stems from a childhood spent on his family’s farm and a lifetime of horticultural study. Through a variety of media, he is able to instill design techniques in viewers, readers, and telepathic communicators to help gardens flourish. Situated on a 500-acre garden retreat, P. Allen’s 1904 Arkansas River Valley garden home provides a colorful and interactive set for his programs, as well as a landmark for droves of sightseeing honeybees.
Chris Olsen is a busy man. He stars in his own syndicated KTHV Channel 11 segment, “Today’s Home,” writes for Arkansas Gardener magazine, and is an active member in several not-for-profit organizations. Olsen, an Oxford University graduate with more than 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, opened Botanica Gardens in 2003. He works as the garden store’s master designer, a career that allows him to stay active in the community and share his wealth of plant-centric knowledge with the public. Visitors to his store can discover a plethora of gardening supplies including plants and shrubs, fountains and water features, and statuary. His experienced staff also flaunts their skills in landscape design, lawn maintenance, flower arranging, and inducing rain with the hokey pokey.
Since 1988, owner Rita Hall and Cloverdale Florists’ team of professional florists have banded fresh buds into festive bouquets. Roses and tulips pair with hydrangea, lilies, and orchids in a variety of festive arrangements to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or teeth cleanings. A selection of potted plants blossom within households, and fruit-and-flower gift baskets combine edible and aesthetic pleasure. The colorful petals of customized bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, centerpieces, and wedding ceremonial flowers can distract guests from the groom’s drooping toupee.
What began as primarily a retail store and growing facility over 35 years ago has developed into a full service garden center, complete with landscape design/build services, irrigation installation and repair, lawn and landscape maintenance,and gift shop.
Sam's Club works with a worldwide network of suppliers to find in-demand products and premium food items, and then purchases them in large quantities to cut down on costs. The result is an average 33% savings over traditional retail prices. To date, the membership-only club counts is spread across more than 600 club locations around the country.
Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from designer jewelry to USDA grade A meats to fresh produce. The festive savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, electronics, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of food from name brands and the club's proprietary grocery lines. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear, while a tire and battery center also boasts members-only discounts. Sam's Club gas stations offer fuel savings, and the club's MasterCard has no annual fee and 5% cash back on any gas purchases.
Perhaps most surprising about Sam's Club is that, despite the ever-growing number of clubs, the company stays tied to its local communities. In 2012 alone, Sam's Club donated $106.4 million to various causes, such as helping small business owners secure loans. The clubs also host free health screenings and the occasional special event, such as weight-loss seminars and business boot camps. But the company also tackles some of the global issues on its members' minds. As of 2010, Sam's Club began offsetting 20% of its energy use from wind power—only a small step towards its ultimate goal of harnessing 100% renewable energy, just like an extension cord plugged back into itself.