The amicable blossom experts at family-owned-and-operated Ridge Greenhouse and Florist tenderly cultivate vibrant spreads of holiday flora in the loving confines of their own ultramodern greenhouse. Freshly cut stems band together to form custom bouquets and centerpieces ($25+), pairing blossoms from New Zealand and Holland with their own homegrown greenery. The flora stylists personalize every arrangement, happily plying their artistic know-how to craft one-of-a-kind spreads customized to each customer’s personal preferences. Traditional red poinsettias preside over their kaleidoscopic brethren, a variegated array that fetch retinas with a spotted mix of pink, red, and white hues ($3.98 for a 4.5” pot, $35 for a 10.5” pot). Florists can also custom dress poinsettias with decorative baskets to fashion ideal gifts for hunky horticulturalists and sad-eyed garden gnomes ($100–$200).
With summer on its last legs, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up some spray paint for $3.49 or a utility knife for $4.99. Illuminate your bathroom with a 4-pack of Ace light bulbs ($1.79), the better to see by as you caulk ($2.29) your sink. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine (rental prices vary). If you need help finding anything, Ace's knowledgeable staff is available to help get you in and out and on to your next project.
Since 1981, Willow Ridge Garden Center & Landscaping's professional landscapers have tackled both residential and commercial projects, working closely with clients to help realize their visions for a dream design that fits their budget. The gardening emporium also stocks a blossoming bounty of perennials, shrubs, and trees, as well as garden decor and glazed ceramic pottery. Additionally, Willow Ridge is a certified aquascape contractor, capable of constructing ponds and waterfalls that burble as tranquilly as a mixed tape from a humpback whale.
The Bed Store keeps human forms intact and relaxed by promoting quality shut-eye time with a variety of plush, firm, memory-foam, and pillow-top mattresses. Take a running start toward a pampered bedtime and belly flop onto a queen SleepQuest Latitude firm mattress set bolstered by tempered bonnell coils and easy-to-count sheep ($298). The twin SleepQuest Canyon European pillow-top set is ideal for guest rooms ($368), and the queen Serta Natural Start Dahlia Plush set turns ordinary bedrooms into master bedrooms ($1,048). Customers may also placate tired backs with a selection of Vivon, Sterling and Thomas, and Better Homes and Gardens mattress sets such as the king Zalia memory foam ($1,148), which contours to bodies like a sleeping bag filled with Jello. Included with all sets are two premium pillows and a mattress protector.
Under the leadership of owner JoAnn England—a longtime Halls resident, mother of two, and booster for locally owned businesses—Sofas & More’s independent mom-and-pop operation has enlivened the homes of its customers since 1995. As customers peruse the fleet of La-Z-Boy recliners or sofas from Klaussner, friendly staff members guide them through home-decor decisions with a friendly, low-pressure demeanor, unhindered by the need to disassemble their towering couch forts. In addition to equipping living rooms with comfortable sitting spaces and high-end entertainment centers, the spacious showroom fills in dining rooms with designer table sets of solid hardwood and bedrooms with mattresses from Serta and Tempur-Pedic.