With an array of locally grown greenery, Cooley's sprouts most of its flowers and earthy edibles in one of seven on-site greenhouses. Cooley's quiet countryside location fosters a soothing browsing experience, whether visitors are looking for roses ($19.50) and wave petunias ($9.95 for six) to impress a loved one, or tomato and pepper plants ($1.95 each) to grow their own arsenal to throw at nagging comedians. Other items such as organic fertilizer ($8.99) and potting soil ($6.30) help facilitate home garden upkeep. Customers can work with one of Cooley's planting experts to transform their empty pots and baskets into blossoming bins of beauty. After a thorough consultation, a horticulturalist will design radiant plant and flower arrangements, which will ripen in the greenhouse for a few weeks until they're ready to be picked up and placed as the ideal accent for a patio, a windowsill, or the stolen piece of Stonehenge hidden in the basement.
Legend Hall Arabians owner Jason Chiles and his wife, Michelle, balance each other out both at home and on the range. A trainer and showing champion of arabian and half-arabian horses for 16 years, Jason thrives on his experience, whereas Michelle—a novice rider—keeps the farm’s atmosphere easygoing, fun, and inviting to riders of all levels. At the Chiles’ scenic 50-acre farm, arabian horses canter around the grounds as students learn western, hunt, saddle-seat, and driving disciplines from Jason in 60-minute lessons held near the 29-stall training barn, where dressage horses get ready for shows by chewing on bales of dental floss.
Purelawn Lawn Service’s fertilization and lawn-maintenance programs are designed to promote lush, healthy lawns while protecting children, pets, and the environment. Pesticide-free, feed-based organic fertilizers play a starring role in most treatments, and any synthetic pesticides are used sparingly and applied via careful spot treatment to avoid blanketing areas where kids play and lawn gnomes sunbathe. Aside from eliminating a lawn’s dependence on insecticides and fungicides, additional services include core aeration, slice seeding, grub control, and clay-buster soil amendment, and techs can even take samples of soil and send it to a lab to test for nutrient deficiencies.
Bryce Security Solutions' rigorous electronic home-security systems protect homes and families from even the cleverest infiltrators. During installation, expert technicians rig houses with alarm-triggering door contacts, motion detectors, and 24-hour remote-monitoring technology to secure families' most valuable asset—recyclables. Bryce Security Solutions also provides an array of advanced protective services, such as covert cameras, medical-emergency alerts, and closed-circuit televisions.
When she's around her family, Carrie Redmon—owner of Redmon Photography—insatiably seeks out old pictures and inquires about the story behind them. She describes herself as "extremely sentimental," so tracing her family's roots is in her nature. It turns out her job comes naturally, too. Today, Carrie helps other families document cherished moments during in-studio and on-location photo shoots, drawing from eight years of experience behind the lens.