The friendly staff at Kem’s Bed and Bath cultivates a cozy storefront replete with homey bedding, gifts, and accessories. Its colorful bedspreads show off vibrant floral designs and classic geometric patterns. For smaller, detail-oriented fixes, the staffers guide customers to the store’s collection of iPad cases, candles, clocks, and wall art. They also outfit hosts with party trays and home fragrances, allowing game nights to smell like game nights in a flower.
Tobacco Leaf Boutique’s style mavens stuff the 2,300-square-foot showroom with an ever-rotating array of quality threads for female forms seeking fashion singularity. A limited selection of each style lessens the risk of two people wearing the same astronaut suit to space-station-opening galas. Exclusive dresses ($60+) and tops ($50+) from Johnny Was or Cartise drape feminine shoulders in both dressy folds and casually winking pleats. Otherwise, jump into a pair of jeans ($60–$175) from rivet artists Dish Jeans or Velvet Heart and dazzle friends with your unusual method for putting on pants. Necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry ($15–$150) add a glint of flickering gold to Tobacco Leaf’s chocolate crown molding, punctuated by occasional bursts of green-leafed foliage sprouting from untended display shoes.
Lewis Picture Framing’s experienced frame architects construct frames and cut mats to assemble customized frames in-shop. Choose from more than 2,000 frame samples to artfully encase family portraits, paintings, and antique Garbage Pail Kids. Custom framing includes molding, mats, glass, backing, and assembly (an average $150 value) and emergency framing is available for last-minute gifts. Lewis Picture Framing’s quality frames take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
Since 1917, Sutherlands has fostered fetching homes and lavish lawns with a multitude of garden necessities, construction supplies, and more. A helping of sustainable Vortex potting soil ($9.99) in an ornate Monteverde rust planter ($16.99) aids newly adopted rose bushes ($7.99 each) in achieving dreams of growing into majestic redwoods. Green Max Southern Lawn Fertilizer ($18.99) and GrubEx bug killer ($18.99) sustain and safeguard surrounding grass, and the Bond three-piece pruning combo set ($14.99) and Corona 10-foot tree pruner ($38.99) keep outdoor adornment from sprouting hazardous overgrowth or unsightly dreadlock hairstyles.
Coulter Gardens & Nursery's big red barn, full of everything necessary to grow gardens and tend lawns, rests on a sprawling five acres. Knowledgeable staffers acquaint guests with an arsenal of planting paraphernalia such as 12-pound sacks of Ferti-lome A-vert lawn food ($29.95), enough to satisfy the cravings of 2,000 square feet of greens while defending helpless lawns from predatory weed wolves for up to six months. Live plants like Hardy Boy annual flowers ($1.99 for a four-pack) and 3- to 4-year-old fruit trees ($36.95) spring from pots, and a variety of grass, flower, and vegetable seeds wait for soil. Those looking to trick out backyards can peruse Coulter's orderly stacks of nestling terra-cotta pots and strings of fluttering wind chimes, or apply their Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as a Backyard Adventures tree house or jungle gym to really indulge horticultural mid-life crises.