Mrs. Rogers makes its signature white-chocolate popcorn to-order, using local Kentucky ingredients as part of the Kentucky Proud program, which helps keep farm products fresh by cutting transportation time. The resulting sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy gourmet popcorn contains only all-white, nearly hull-less kernels.
Owned and operated by horticultural experts Russell and Lyn Madison, Proper Plants' greenhouses greet visitors with more than 125 annuals ($1.10+/pack), more than 150 varieties of hanging baskets ($8+), and a plethora of other herbaceous offerings. Those who like edible beauty but dislike the time it takes to make Brad Pitt–shaped lasagna can browse the tomatoes, eggplants, and 85 varieties of vegetables, which come in small pots for short-term storage ($.95+) or nursery cans to keep them warm before the start of spring ($6.50/2.5 qt. can). Proper Plants also packs potted plants such as geraniums, verbena, and various herbs ($2.90+). The practiced staff can help DIY soil workers arrange their own hanging basket or answer any questions on crop placement or garden-gnome disciplinary techniques. Rather than use pesticides, Proper Plants uses biological controls, such as predator insects, on plants.
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Like the grown-up version of parents and children building sandcastles or scratching designs in the dirt, the family-operated Lawns By Lichtefeld beautifies yards with lawn care, fertilization, and landscaping services. They tackle tough patches of weeds, laying the seeds in newly churned and fertilized soil for the eventual emergence of trees, bushes, and flowers. Come wintertime, they prep yards to endure the chill with aeration and fertilization to help grass sprout in the spring looking as green as ever.