Voted Best Floral Shop 2010 by Aurora Sentinel readers, House of Flowers' experienced florists bundle together a trifecta of fresh roses for a sweet-smelling gift or an uplifting addition to any space. The rose-trio bouquet, available in five colors including romantic red and vivacious orange, sits in a clear bud vase, complemented by a spray of baby's breath and accented with a matching ribbon bow tie. The lovely arrangement makes a thoughtful gift for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or being invited to play badminton with Vladimir Putin. House of Flowers lines its walls with local artists' work, which clients can peruse along with the flower shop's retail store, featuring candles, stationery, chocolates, and more.
Automotive Alliance specializes in scratch and dent repair and auto detailing, and the company has been tapped by car dealerships and rental-car companies for its exceptional work. But you don’t need a whole fleet of cars to benefit from its services. The technicians offer paint touchups and repairs for bumpers, windshields, and minor dents for individual car owners looking to enhance their ride’s image or increase its resale value should they decide to sell or trade it for a horse. But damage isn’t the only thing they address: detailers tackle blemishes, stains, and smudges with hand waxes, buffers, and shampoos to reinstate vehicles' glossy showroom look.
An ancient form of currency and tooth replacement, beads are an integral component of modern jewelry. Today’s Groupon opens up a world of aesthetic potentiality with $30 worth of beads and beading supplies at Rockin’ Beads for $15. Let the bedazzlement begin and let the era of debedazzlement end.Druids also used beads for ceremonial purposes during their annual Festival of Eye Contact and twice-yearly Bead Swallowing Contests. Valuable beads were used to propose marriage and less valuable beads were used to propose divorce, which was common due to unresolved Oedipal issues. Archeologists today find only a small number of Druid beads but a surprisingly large number of teeth.
The protein enthusiasts at Good Eatin' Premium Meats vacuum seal natural, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats and seafood to preserve freshness and maximize quality. Good Eatin' procures its meaty masterpieces from local ranchers and suppliers when possible, ensuring that cuts such as the 12-ounce Black Angus new york strip steak ($19.99) woos taste buds with tenderness, rather than jet lag. Two racks of blue-ribbon pork spareribs ($35) await the opportunity to fire-walk across the grill, as breast-meat chicken nuggets ($38 for 10 lbs.) unsuccessfully challenge perch fillets ($44.95) to a game of Go Fish. The protein emporium also specializes in portion-controlled meats for clients with specialized diets, and 10% of the shop's revenue swims like a finned roll of quarters into the piggy banks of community organizations.