Lou’s Florist ample, varied selection of flowers and varietals pleases the eyes and palate alike. Friday-night wine tastings start at 6 p.m. and span two hours, giving guests plenty of time to sample up to six wines or ferment a new brew using potent grape jelly. Past events have highlighted half-ounce pours of chardonnay, pinot grigio, and viognier. Wine-tasting events usually encompass appetizers—in the past, Twisted Cork Grille has slung hearty American fare, Verducci’s Pizzeria & Trattoria has baked pizzas, and food sculptors have built licorice scaffolding around wine bottles.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
Sitting. Lounging. Sleeping. These are just a few of the areas of expertise that the owners of Florida Mattress and Furniture possess. With an inventory that spans from the bedroom to the living room to the home theater, they stand ready to outfit most every nook of a house with name-brand furnishings.
The mattress lineup includes Sealy Posturepedic dual-comfort pillow tops as well as Dormia Dream mattresses with a memory-foam comfort layer. The Aico Trevi dining-room pieces set an elegant stage for family dinners, and the classic styling of the Parker House Hartford Wall entertainment center adds a welcome addition to any family room or pimped-out doghouse.
Outback Services tackles a range of services, providing homeowners with a one-stop shop for outdoor construction, maintenance, and installation projects. A dedicated field manager oversees all the details of projects, whether it’s building a new swimming pool, installing an irrigation system, or pressure-washing away a chalk drawing of Henry Ford on the client’s driveway. Technicians can also perform tasks as diverse as landscaping and brick paving.