The Stockton Park District hosts outdoor community events throughout the year, including craft fairs, basketball tournaments, and 5K and 10K run/walks. Brothers Steve, Andy, and Tom Jordan organized the first annual 5K in 2008. They used their skills from hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to plan and advertise the event. The first year, they signed up 91 runners and raised money for a tennis court behind the high school and a paper-airplane factory at the middle school. Since then, the brothers have worked to improve the race and transform it into a community event with entertainment and an increasingly challenging and interesting course.
Founded more than 30 years ago by Gail Kelce, Kelce and Company has grown from a one-woman business to a 35-person-strong staff dedicated to rendering outstanding residential and commercial cleaning services. During carpet-refreshing sessions, teams of insured cleaners operate a powerful truck-mounted steam-cleaning system to abrogate dirt and stains. Area rug cleaning is another coefficient in the business’s service equation, and it includes both pickup and drop off. Elsewhere, the company’s spectrum spans from the large-scale whole-house cleaning to the inconceivably small-scale scrub-downs of subatomic particles. On top of traditional domicile work, Kelce and Company also specializes in a range of restoration services, from vandalism removal to emergency water, fire, and flood cleanup.
The retail nursery at Tyler’s Landscaping houses a cornucopia of plant life for purchase and plantation. Yards in search of nonsurgical face-lifts can re-create themselves with choice picks from the nursery’s selection of more than 200 perennial varieties ($3.99–$14.99), grasses, and native plants. Perky annuals ($3.99) add polka dots of color to squirrel habitats, and shrubs (average price $30.99) hide shy foundations and delineate property lines better than police tape. Tyler's staff of nursery professionals can recite each plant’s preferences for light and water, helping gardeners make love matches between flora and soil.
GCO is a flooring fairground offering a wide variety of area rugs curated by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Peruse brands such as Metropolitan (5' x 8' for $149, 8' x 10' for $225), Premium Milano (5' x 8' for $249, 8' x 10' for $325), Laila (5' x 8' for $79, 8' x 10' for $149), and more. GCO's collection of floorccessories may inspire an indoor decorating spree more life-changing than the time you swore off kitchen cabinetry. For those concerned with making a new area accent stick, area rug purchases of more than $300 receive a free 5' x 8' area rug pad or 50% off an 8' x 10' pad (a $20 value).
Village Green Home and Garden provides domicile decoration for indoor and outdoor needs, stocking its showrooms with patio furniture, gardening supplies, and plants. Choose from an array of annuals and perennials so dizzying that even bumblebees must pay cartographers for flowerbed maps. Pluck a potted plant ($1.99–$49.99) for use on porch steps, garden paths, or heads during archery practice, or select hanging baskets ($19.99–$49.99) to sway alluringly in sweet spring breezes. Village Green also carries more than 200 varieties of roses to charm princesses and tango dancers and a vast array of varietals for sun and shade, ensuring that every lawn and garden can be studded with colorful, fragrant blooms.
Rockford's Benson Stone Co. has tasty eats and creative beverages.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Benson Stone Co.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Benson Stone Co.'s complimentary wifi.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Benson Stone Co. for easy seating.
Benson Stone Co. welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Benson Stone Co. prides itself in its delicious catering.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Tabs at Benson Stone Co. almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time.
Benson Stone Co. has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.