As winter thaws into spring, Jerry’s replaces its inventory of wood, kindling, and bird feeders with a kaleidoscopic spread of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. This cycle has perpetuated itself 53 times over at this year-round home and garden emporium. The one-stop shop carries an arsenal of gardening tackle that accompanies enough seed, mulch, and fertilizer to transform an empty lot into a time-share for vacationing Tarzans. Jerry’s crew—adept at land- and hardscaping—provides project consultations for those looking to spruce up patios and yards with their selection of fountains, birdbaths, and planters.
Indulge's owners and style gurus, Michelle Doucette and Laurie Verkins Nierengarten, travel the country in search of duds and accessories to stock in their boutique, which is open one week each month. Trendsetters don boho-chic tops with floral appliqués and fashionable graphic tees ($39+), including a blue tee printed with a winged peace sign and roses. A New York–imported shirt ($89) and a top with an off-center zipper ($39) camouflage bodies with blue-and-black mixtures of zebra, cheetah, and snakeskin prints, making it easy to snuggle unnoticed with various zoo animals. There is no more than six of each item in the store at any given time, and the boutique is also open during private appointments, parties, and Ben Franklin's daughter's godson's birthday every fifth year.
Divers as young as 12 years can learn to operate temporary gills in a Discover Scuba class at Scuba Center. Before you take your first dip, a PADI-certified instructor will give you a brief poolside orientation to ensure you are prepared for everything that blows bubbles ahead. Then from the heated comfort of Scuba Center's indoor pool, your instructor will teach you the tricks of the underwater breathing trade. All required scuba gadgetry is included with this Groupon; you just need to bring a swimsuit and towel.
Twin Cities Local Food transforms grocery shopping into both an online and local experience. Members log on to the virtual marketplace to peruse a variety of goods from more than 20 local farmers and producers, such as organic tomatoes, cow's milk cheeses, and whole-grain breads. Each product is source identified, so shoppers know exactly where their food comes from, how it was grown or raised, and what its first words were. After finalizing their food order, customers then choose a pickup location from one of nine nearby towns, such as Plymouth or Minneapolis, in weekly intervals during growing season, and bi-weekly during the winter.
A staff of sommeliers, beer experts, and cheesemongers helps customers to navigate Sunfish Cellars Wine Bar's impressive spread of wine, beer, and gourmet cheeses from throughout the globe. Cordoned off by region, the staggering wine selection includes classic vinos and rare varietals that instructors highlight during regular tasting classes. Cheeses plucked from an onsite shop pair with fine wines during tastings, as sommeliers draw on their extensive expertise to discuss restaurant wine lists, evaluate cost versus value, and explain why wine doesn’t come in an electric-blue variety. Beer-tasting classes are also available, as are congratulatory gift baskets and a personal wine-shopper service, which sources wine selections for fancy dinners and business meetings.
Makeup artists Jacqueline and Ashley bring their cosmetics-industry expertise to Roe Wolfe, where they consult with clients, apply makeup, and teach lessons, among other services. Ashley has designed makeup for more than 20 runway shows, including work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York for their tastefully naughty auto-lingerie collection. Jacqueline has worked with high-end brands such as Shu Uemura and MAC. Either artist can ready clients’ faces for weddings, photo shoots, or haute security cameras. Their clean, compact storefront teems with high-end clothing, cosmetics, and accessories from brands such as Bobi, Winter Kate, and House of Harlow 1960.:m]]