"As a culture, we’ve gotten away from digging our fingers into the dirt," says Craig Koetsier. At Koetsier’s Greenhouse, co-owner Craig is trying to change that and remind people—particularly the next generation—how to work with the earth. "We’re kid-oriented," Craig says, describing his center's plethora of youth-friendly diversions such as crafts and train rides; their smorgasbord of children’s spring activities was even featured on FOX17.
When he was a child, Craig ferried flats of petunias and impatiens around the family greenhouse. Today, he and his brother are third-generation owners of the business, and their sister works with them at the 100,000-square foot greenhouse where visitors spy hanging plants, annuals, container gardens, and flowering shrubs, asking them where they see themselves in five years to asses if they're a good fit. Although the Koetsiers still coax blooms from traditional favorites such as geraniums, their greenhouse has thrived over the past century by keeping up with contemporary gardening trends and transforming its stock in coordination each season. In the autumn, families arrive to play amid mazes and inflatables and assess the structural integrity of pumpkins before outfitting them with wheels and hitching them to horses. When winter blows in, guests browse the center's pine boughs and live evergreens to decide which to take home and string with decorations.
At House This, keen-eyed staffers help outfit shoppers in distinctive apparel and jewelry and aid them in fulfilling their abodes’ decorative desires. Along with clothing from popular lines such as Hazel, Trinity, 1921 jeans, and Mystree, the shop stocks candles, lamps, mirrors, and furniture. Decorators can spruce up bare walls with framed artwork, prominently display an automobile’s smog-check certificate inside assorted picture frames ($23–$45), or prop up masterpieces in progress on iron easels ($10–$30).
It's only a matter of time before grass takes over the earth; but in the meantime, Egypt Creek Lawn and Landscape fights the good fight with a range of landscaping services. Beyond just mowing, the landscaping and design experts can surgically edge walkways, spread mulch, trim shrubs, plant trees, or maximize spring growth with fertilizer and aeration services. When not making weekly visits to more than 300 lawns, the team draws on winter expertise to remove snow from walkways and freezer burn from pints of rocky road ice cream.
Celebrating more than 58 years in business, Katerberg VerHage, Inc.’s greatest strength is the experience and expertise of its staff. Current owner Tom VerHage has helmed the company for 48 years, leading an impressive team of horticulturists and technicians as they blend form and function to design, construct, and maintain award-winning landscapes. Registered landscape architects work closely with home and business owners to plan gardens that can accommodate any lifestyle or gnome zoning ordinance, and lawn-care specialists create a lush, green foundation for all projects. Dedicated garden experts help customers select and care for plants and other yard essentials, keeping options as affordable as possible by pulling options from the company's own tree farm and distributor. The company also offers mowing, mulching, fertilization, and pruning services and can put down pesticides to help keep yards free of irritants such as moles, insects, and door-to-door pesticide salesmen.
Fruit Basket Flowerland’s 20 acres of nursery space contain beautiful hanging baskets, annuals, and perennials. The nursery has seen those perennials bloom dozens of times since it opened back in 1949, and today the business has blossomed out to three locations. Home gardeners can peruse a huge selection of soil, fertilizer, and plants, or sign up for instructive gardening classes, which teach participants to care for their plants and to exterminate weeds without running afoul of weeds-rights activists. Fruit Basket Flowerland also houses a vast selection of patio furniture and three lines of Weber grills.
As he revealed in an article on MLive, Garry Von Myhr thinks about cell-phone repair so much that he talks about it in his sleep. Von Myhr opened Genius Phone Repair with partners Jordan Notenbaum and Steve Barnes. The startup has blossomed out of parent company Note Tech Industries—a cell-phone repair business that Notenbaum was running out of his basement—into a successful organization with four convenient storefronts.
The entrepreneurs' speedy and affordable services were praised in a feature on WZZM 13 News. They specialize in repairing iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android mobile devices, and they stand behind their work with a 90-day warranty. The crew also purchases broken or functional devices for cash, and can recommend phone accessories such as protective cases or pasta-making attachments.