English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday at 10 a.m.
The DeRonne family continues its seven decades of hardware heritage by stocking life-simplifying hardware and home goods in the largest of the DeRonne True Value Hardware stores. Overcome childhood fears of the Canadian flag to eradicate autumn leaves and spruce-up down-spruced lawns with the help of a Green Thumb 24-inch rake ($9.49), 3-pound bag of fall-mix grass seed ($9.49), or weed and feed fertilizer ($10 for 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage). A Master Tradesman 8'x10' multipurpose tarp shelters moisture-sensitive goods from the elements ($8.99), and the shop's selection of Michigan-made products, such as Carhartt clothes, helps support and promote in-state manufacturers.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
Frank Mancuso Sr. opened the original Mancuso's Florist in Detroit in 1923 and even kept the doors open on Sundays—a rarity at the time—in order to provide the citizens with the perfect arrangement any time they needed a gift or to dress up their homes. Since its launch close to 90 years ago, the store has opened and operated every single day of its existence. They've never stopped prioritizing customer service, accommodating special requests that include creating personalized baskets for memorable occasions and delivering arrangements early in the morning, before sweethearts crawl out of their cocoons.
The family's three generations of hard work have paid off. Mancuso’s Florist won Best Flowers in a 2012 poll of CityVoters, and readers of St. Clair Shores Patch named it Best Florist in 2012. In addition to providing breathtaking flowers and plants, the knowledgeable crew can recommend thoughtful gifts and novelties. Seasonal "epic roses"—which stand more than 5 feet tall and grow between two volcanoes in Ecuador—were featured on Fox 2 News and are ideal for expressing affection to an NBA player.
Conner Park Florist's botanic buffs have been artfully assembling bountiful arrays of fresh blossoms by hand for more than 60 years. The best-selling Teleflora’s Be Happy bouquet of yellow roses, daisy spray chrysanthemums, and oregonia delightfully sprouts from a smiley face coffee mug ($32.95), offering a cheery alternative to the cold gifts of the modern age, such as emoticon emails and boutonnieres of prismatic floppy disks. Reveal secret feelings for a crush or spoil a pet honeybee with a Be My Love bouquet, which culls red roses, carnations, white asiatic lilies, and chrysanthemums in a ruby-red glass vase ($42.95). Conner Park Florist’s stash of plants give recipients the gift that keeps on growing, including the Sweet Violet Trio that amalgamates one purple and two lavender african violet plants within a wicker basket ($37.95). Otherwise, a small Simply Elegant spathiphyllum ($42.95) speaks to simplicity with lush green leaves and white blossoms in a natural nacelle.