C Valley Landscaping's techs pamper personal pastures with meticulous mowing and an array of landscaping services. Today's deal helps keep grass blades neatly bobbed thanks to two visits from C Valley's mowing maestros. Each visit is scheduled at the homeowner's convenience, and during appointments landscapers will trim lawns of up to a half-acre, restoring uniformity to the most unruly of outside carpets. Before departing, techs will clean up debris and persuade evil lawn gnomes to vacate lawns using verbal intimidation.
When Kathleen Duffy founded Herbarium in 1978, she'd never worked in a shop before. Luckily, a tight-knit network of friends and family were on hand to support her. An aunt donated a cash register, and a cousin with retail experience taught her to use it. After Kathleen learned from trial and error that 5 pounds of herbs could fill a small container or an entire bathtub, depending on the plant, friends begged her to buy a calculator to use while ordering supplies. Eventually, even her customers pitched in, offering everything from suggestions for organizing the store to calligraphy labels for the bulk herbs. As her business took off, Kathleen—a former critical-care nurse—became more and more curious about how herbal treatments worked in the body. She began studying constantly, testing out new cures on herself and her family, and taking classes everywhere from the Gaia Institute to Harvard Medical School. In 1990, she turned over the shop to her daughter Andrea to focus on her studies full time, earning her certification as a clinical aromatherapist in 1999. Today, Kathleen still takes time out of her hospital-teaching schedule to personally train all of the staff members at Herbarium. Under Andrea's attentive eye, these herbal gurus guide customers through shelves stocked with aromatherapy products, potpourri, bath salts, and glycerin soap as well as natural remedies.
Rows upon rows of stacked glass and beads glitter in the morning sun as Deja Jewelz’s staffers polish the store’s display cases in preparation for the day’s customers. Boasting upward of 3,000 beads and charms, the cozy shop’s vast inventory caters to all personal styles and tastes, from elegant and simple pieces to vibrantly hued sparklers that will come in handy if the sun burns out. Throughout the day, knowledgeable staffers can be found bustling about the shop helping customers pick out a signature bauble or answering questions about the store’s collection of chic handbags.