Little Feather Ranch is owner and manager Teri Hallman’s equine oasis amid the verdant expanse of Eagle, Idaho. There, horses trot outdoors in cool summer breezes and prance around the insulated indoor arena all through the year. A nearby 5-mile trail allows visitors to explore Eagle Island State Park on guided horseback rides.
Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, Teri imparts riding skills in both Western and English styles. English riding entails a lighter saddle and more direct control over the horse’s reins, whereas the Western style requires a larger saddle, lax one-handed rein control, and an encyclopedic knowledge of John Wayne quotes. Little Feather’s boarding service treats horses to attentive care and a supply of grass and alfalfa hay grown onsite. While at the ranch, riders can peruse a line of exclusive handmade leather bags, Western shirts, and hat bands.
The talented team at Wind River Lawn Care specializes in household exteriors, ensuring everything from lawns and trees to sprinklers and siding look and perform their best. Whether paying service visits for lawn mowing or seasonal restoration on a regular basis or for a one-time landscape installation, the team supplies homeowners with a free estimate ahead of time to prevent confusion over pricing. Their landscape-maintenance services ensure that homes and gardens stay beautiful with minimal worry on the part of the homeowner or the elder tree.
Stunning Nails and Hair's owner and multitalented beautician, Kate Shannon, focuses her beauty-boosting skills on lavishing passersby with relaxing salon services. Her comprehensive manicures and pedicures leave hands and feet beautifully primped like boy princes resting atop cushions of fresh fruit, and her reflexology massages unwind the tightest of muscular knots and soften skin with moisturizing lotions. Kate also prohibits coiffures from turning into haphazard hairdos with standard main maintenance and prevents eyebrows from encroaching on prime forehead territory with waxing services.
Coos, gurgles, and tiny handclaps form a soundtrack for Stroller Strides classes, one-hour sessions that are part play group and part workout, helping moms and tots forge friendships as they build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Certified instructors lead intervals of power walking and toning exercises that sculpt the entire body more effectively than bench-pressing babies. Workouts incorporate easy-to-use tools such as resistance bands and the strollers themselves, as well as environmental elements such as hills and trees during warm weather. Classes welcome moms of all fitness levels and babies who are 6 weeks old or who can grow a full beard. Stroller Strides also develops online resources to help moms connect with one another and work out in their homes.
A multiservice home-maintenance provider, Brilliant Services grew out of owner Kris Nevers's experiences with many one-dimensional service providers who had long lists of tasks they don't do. As a result, Brilliant Services' carefully screened employees and approved vendors perform nearly all major property-maintenance tasks from cleaning to remodeling and handyman work. The company is also a DBE-certified woman-owned business with a special emphasis on social responsibility and environmentally sustainable practices that include the use of green cleaning solutions and attachment of solar panels to the family minivan.
The Nature Company cultivates gorgeous ground cover for barren backyards with a chlorophyll-drenched cornucopia of leafy greens. Gardeners playing the field can test out a commitment-free summer fling with a new installation of annuals ($3.50), or find something lasting with always-there perennials ($3.50+). Green-thumb owners can break McCormick’s monopoly on spice-rack regulars by growing a backyard army of soup-spiking herbs ($3.50), or plant a new shrub to ward off a nosy neighbor ($8.95+). The Nature Company stocks mostly locally grown plants, which are able to give directions to passersby or recommend a good neighborhood restaurant, and regular leafy shipments ensure an oft-changing selection of window-box accessories. The on-staff horticulturist and gardening gurus consider all the nuances of weather and region when helping backyard toilers to execute their elaborate garden schematics.