The botanical beauticians at Maryland Heights Florist draw upon 40 years of flower whispering when arranging each month’s bouquet in the Flower-of-the-Month Club. Sign up a mantelpiece or just-married vase for a fresh, premade bouquet each month, and watch as interiors bloom anew with the colors of the season, such as oranges and browns during the fall and lilacs and Arbor Day greens during the spring. Customers can pick up their bouquets in-store during the last week of each month or upgrade to home delivery for an additional charge; check the store’s list of delivery areas to see if your home or inflatable vacation home falls within range.
Schnucks Kids Camp is more than a grocery store. While they sell cooking ingredients, their coaches also teach the culinary techniques to transform basics into piping hot dinners. During live demonstrations, novice cooks stop by to watch and learn as chefs whip up featured recipes, doling out samples to passersby. They happily answer any questions about cooking methods and required equipment, helping budding cooks who want to recreate the dishes at home. Necessary ingredients for every demo dish are available for sale beside each demo station, rather than magically stowed under the coach's chef's hat.
The company also encompasses a more structured cooking school, with classes for couples, families, and kids. A sommelier teaches adults about wine-tasting basics in one session; in another, students learn to prepare market-fresh fish. Kids' classes, meanwhile, cover topics from fondue to circus-themed snacks.
Di Olivas' founders travel throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East to sample the region's gourmet oils and vinegars, then bring the best ones back to the store's two Saint Louis–area locations, where patrons can draw up to 25 ounces of their favorite straight from the fusti. Each shop also stocks balsamic vinegars that have been aged for a minimum of 12 years, or a single viewing of Beverly Hills Chihuahua’s ambitious director’s cut. Di Olivas also carries more than 15 varieties of traditional and flavored gourmet coffees and keeps two dozen flavors of De Cio and Rossi Pasta on hand, including tomato sanoran spice, artichoke, and chocolate cabernet.
Don't let last year's nevergreen tree cast a spindly, bare-branched shadow on this year's holiday festivities. Deck your halls, windows, oven racks, and pickup grills with today's Groupon to Garden Heights Nursery. You get $40 worth of evergreen wreaths, majestic holiday trees, pretty poinsettias, and holiday gifts for $20. Put your Groupon toward the quality Fraser Fir ($45-$200) to impress your guests or stock up on bountiful bunches of greens ($7) and place candles ($4-$12) dangerously near your effervescent pine. This Groupon expires on December 23, so either get a move on your holiday cheer or stock up on gardening supplies for the new year.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Studio Altius’s owner, photographer David J. Cerven, drew on his background in theater to create a new approach to portraiture. Like directors and actors, or producers and theater critics who owe them a favor, Cerven’s photographers and clients work collaboratively to create defining moments. Along with fellow photographer Shawna Ventimiglia's background in fashion design, Cerven creates personal, compelling images of children and families, high-school seniors, brides, and couples, as well as professional headshots and sexy boudoir images. Clients can pose in either his 3,000-square-foot studio or outside the studio in a picturesque outdoor setting. In addition to working with clients, Cerven teaches his methods to other photographers in portraiture workshops and classes, and maintains an on-site art gallery.