The talented bloom buffs at Clermont Florist have assembled pollen parcels into eye-inspiring, nose-nourishing works of art for more than four decades. The Be Happy bouquet serves as face-fertilizer for sprouting smiles, snuggling yellow roses and daisy-spray chrysanthemums inside a ceramic smiley-face mug ($42.50, standard). Hardworking employees can profess undying love for their bosses with six red roses in a clear glass vase ($49.95, standard), and then immediately follow up with a bouquet from the I'm Sorry collection to ensure job security. Peruse the full library of budding bouquets on Clermont Florist's website to find an arrangement to suit any special occasion.
Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.
The noncommissioned décor doyens at Furnish 123 stock their showrooms with Ashley Furniture pieces ready to populate any room of the house. A three-piece table set ($199+) presents smooth surfaces on which to rest coffee cups, coffee-table books, and statuettes of baristas, and a bedroom nightstand ($129.99+) works the graveyard shift holding knickknacks in the boudoir. Folded clothes tuck neatly into a wooden chest of drawers ($219+), and loungers of all emotional states find comfort on a cushioned loveseat ($479.99).
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room planner helps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
The furniture arrangers at Family Furniture Leather Gallery stock all 12,000 square feet of their showroom with more than 100 different colors and styles of furniture spanning from contemporary leather sofas to traditional end tables. Casual end tables ($129+) accompany leather sofas ($999+) and leather chairs and ottomans ($599+), while lamps reveal walking obstacles such as a lurking roller skate or a discarded turkey sandwich ($69+). In-stock items such as leather reclining chairs ($599+) and leather sleeper sofas ($1,399+), both crafted with top-quality leather, are delivered within 72 business hours after purchasing. For the same price, customers are also able to design their own furniture items if in-stock items don’t cradle or envelope their bodies in the right fashion.
Sitting. Lounging. Sleeping. These are just a few of the areas of expertise that the owners of Florida Mattress and Furniture possess. With an inventory that spans from the bedroom to the living room to the home theater, they stand ready to outfit most every nook of a house with name-brand furnishings.
The mattress lineup includes Sealy Posturepedic dual-comfort pillow tops as well as Dormia Dream mattresses with a memory-foam comfort layer. The Aico Trevi dining-room pieces set an elegant stage for family dinners, and the classic styling of the Parker House Hartford Wall entertainment center adds a welcome addition to any family room or pimped-out doghouse.