The gardening store that Bill Green opened in 1943 remains open today, thanks to the oversight of Green's grandson, David. The family-owned business now provides garden design services to assist newly greened thumbs and hosts Saturday classes on topics such as winter rose care and impervious biodome construction. Primex also partners with local philanthropic organizations, helping to fill pantries in need with excess fruits and vegetables, Locally sourced plants fill the nursery and greenhouse, and organic gardening products stand on shelves throughout the store. A knowledgeable staff of horticulturists and gardeners provide garden consultations and advice on botanical matters. Chloe and Rascal, Primex's feline employees, roam the warehouse, greenhouse, and koi pond, dispensing horticultural advice to various inanimate objects.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
J. Liddon Pennock Jr. treated Meadowbrook Farms as his passion project, honing his talent for garden design on the land's 25 acres for over 60 years. After his retirement, he created its now-flourishing retail arm to share his experiment with the wider world. Today, visitors traverse grounds and gardens dotted with ornate arrangements that fuse symmetry, color, and complex species. The Circle Garden’s water lilies burst open with vibrant pink energy, and at the dipping pool, pear cactus and coleus share ground with Japanese maple and their freshly blooming stacks of pancakes. The house also holds horticultural delights, with the Glass Room’s verdant wreaths tempting visitors during appointment-only tours. At the retail shop, guests stock up on a carefully chosen selection of statuary, pots, fountains, and garden ornaments inspired by Pennock’s work, as well as scented candles and soaps. Live plants from the indoor greenhouse or outdoor sales area help make home gardens more like Meadowbrook, with houseplants, annuals, and perennials that are occasionally whisked off for display in the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Since 1935, Sammy's Fabulous Jewelry has beautified clients with rings, watches, necklaces, and earrings, as well as colorful prom dresses and swanky formal attire. Baubles on offer include stretch and clasp bracelets and, to keep ankles' wrist envy at bay, anklets in gold and silver. Many pieces feature one-of-a-kind customized touches such as personal monograms, which can be put on wall art, necklaces, and earrings.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
A fused-glass peace sign dangles in a window, its iridescent blue-and-green hues catching glimmers of sunlight. Elsewhere, a shiny yellow-and-black dog formed from clay smiles from its painted-on mouth. These are just two of the many artistic projects students can tackle at The Mud Shack, an art studio brimming with classes in glass fusing, ceramics, and pottery painting. Working artists helm the sessions, guiding pupils toward creating their own magnum opuses in the form of a hand-thrown vase, a mosaic tile, or a mug for holding smaller mugs.