Preferred Plants’ 5,000-square-foot warehouse features artificial botanicals and home décor specifically designed to spruce up decks, halls, walls, tabletops, and more. Enliven drab corners with Preferred Plants' life-like floral accents, including eucalyptus ($5), freesia ($12.50), and daffodils ($8.50). Handcrafted trees provide shade from fluorescent cubicle lighting, and hanging baskets make ideal landing spots for the office chimpanzee. For houses in need of a sweeping transformation, Preferred Plants also matches living rooms with furniture, window treatments, floor coverings, light fixtures, and more.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
In "Understanding CrossFit," founder Greg Glassman says CrossFit’s “specialty is not specializing.” Flower City CrossFit's dedicated instructors certainly follow that philosophy, providing their members with a slew of constantly changing exercises that incorporate everything from bootcamp–style cardio and body-weight routines to Olympic lifting, climbing, throwing, and basic tumbling. Classes are held multiple times per day, and might feature the Workout of the Day, focus on athletes prepping for the CrossFit Games, or help children prepare to face another week of extreme recess. But exercisers will rarely see the same workout twice. In fact, some classes introduce completely new techniques, such as self-defense seminars, dodge-ball tournaments, or the occasional Barbells for Boobs event, which supports low-income and uninsured women in need of breast-cancer prevention screenings.
With 45 years of wicker-weaving experience, Ridge Rattan decorates homes and apartments with its own original pieces and other furnishings from well-known brands. Living up to their legacy as rattan workers and antique-basketball-hoop designers, the talented craftsmen fill floor space with handsome cane work in pieces such as a 20"x17" rattan bench ($250) or a 24-inch rattan glass-top end table ($175). Enhance a drab bedroom or den with elegant items from notable labels, such as armoires from American Drew and Lane Venture or sofa sets from Norwalk and Braxton Culler. Ridge Rattan also cradles bodies with seats made in-house, such as Mackey chairs ($300) and custom stools ($197), both personalized with the shopper's choice of finish, fabric, and hidden booby traps.
For more than 50 years, Gallea’s has given greater Rochester generous portions of aesthetic, CO2-killing plants. Products are organized into multiple categories, giving vegetation veterans plenty of green-thumb choices. Bonsai trees, named for the single word they all shout when they’re depotted or repotted, start at $29.99, while cut flower arrangements are $25.99 and up. The nearly limitless arsenal of outdoor and tropical plants start at $1.99, and uncut flowers start at $6.99. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gallea's will happily answer all of your questions about the best way to make your garden grow, including how often to massage your soil and when to trim your flowers' garish petals.