On Woodside Nursery Inc.'s 5-acre grounds, a sprawling greenhouse hosts seasonal, Long Island?grown florae. The nursery staff cultivates its own flowers, vegetable plants, and herbs onsite to oversee every facet of growth and read each plant its preferred bedtime story at night. With photos and measurements for reference, these green-thumbed experts will also help customers design lush landscapes free of charge. Woodside's stock changes with the necessities of the seasons, with sundry flowers in the springtime, pond fish in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees, wreaths, roping, and an all new Santa's House in the winter.
As owner of Smith Point Archery, Jeff Schneider and his son, Jared, marshal a bow-and-arrow operation that includes in-house mechanics and instructors, a cavernous indoor range, and a store stocked with gear by top brands. Jeff has been actively involved with archery for more than 40 years?35 of them at the helm of Smith Point?and shares his trophy-winning expertise with new generations of archers through lessons and advice on the purchase of equipment. His son, and co-owner Jared Schneider is also a bow-and-arrow enthusiast and passes on his years of knowledge while teaching private lessons. Budding bowmen can also sign up for group lessons led by Certified Archery Instructor Craig Wagner. These sessions cover basic archery skills that range from safety procedures to aiming technique and allow students time on the range to shoot.
Avenue Sound specializes in electronic systems for the home and car. With 24 years of experience and three Long Island locations, the electronic dealers sell and install products from manufacturers such as Kenwood, Alpine, and JVC. Technicians here can upgrade a vehicle's sound with new speakers, subwoofers, decks, and satellite radios, or install DVD players and cameras. Additional automotive upgrades include remote starters, car alarms, and window tints. With the same stock of name-brand electronics and the same mechanical prowess, the technicians here also service homes with theater-and-entertainment systems.
Smartphone Solutions looks at a cracked screen and sees an opportunity. Its staff thrills at being able to repair personal devices with fragile glass screens, including iPhones, tablets, and MP3 players. They can also fix sticky buttons or unresponsive charger ports to ensure devices live long enough to beat that final level of Angry Birds.
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Gifts, candles, pottery, soaps
Pro Tip: Original works, many made by local artists and artisans; most of the store inventory is made in the USA
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes