Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
When assembled correctly, a floral arrangement acts much like a poem. Each flower is a different verse, and together, the vibrant blooms convey messages of love, congratulations, or sympathy. The local florists at Finishing Touch Florist & Gifts make for excellent poets, each one fluent in a centriels-old floral vocabulary. Whenever a customer steps into their shop looking to celebrate an anniversary or a newborn child, the talented florists can deftly pullout a daisy, which represents innocence, a fern to express sincerity, or a rose, which of course conveys deep passion. The florists can arrange this last symbolic bloom into more than two dozen creations, with hues of red, pink, white, and other colors.
Once ready, these bouquets can add their fresh colors and scents to romantic evenings or perhaps even a wedding. However, sometimes the only reason to celebrate is a change in the seasons. Look to the shop's storefront window for a rotating lineup of flowers that herald the coming of spring, summer, winter, fall, and the secret fifth season only three people know about.
For Stone Tree Services owner Cheston Perry, climbing trees isn't just a job––it’s a passion. The experienced arborist spends much of his free time in the branches, climbing and training with other expert climbers. Aside from the sense of tranquility and peace of mind the sport brings, it also affords Cheston a keener understanding of tree health and the types of safety precautions his team of hardhat-wearing employees must take during every trimming and felling service they provide. By eliminating the risks, Cheston's team can better focus on the trees they're tending to, clipping away excess foliage to keep trees healthy and lessen the chance of damage during storms. Pruning also highlights the natural beauty of the trees so homeowners won't have to smear them with lipstick anymore. Beyond shaping and safeguarding tree health, the specialists can also haul away dead wood or diagnose tree diseases and will fully clean up after each job, including stump removal.
Molbak's hooks casual gardeners up with a wide selection of flowers and the means to manipulate them. The spacious facility shelters rows of plant life—with new batches brought in daily from Molbak's 40-acre farm 3 miles up the road—then keeps them healthy with a clear glass roof that lets them bask in the sun's lustful stares. As the floral selection evolves throughout the seasons, you'll be able to spice up your lawn's stale sensory gumbo with a variety of annuals, perennials, trees, edibles, and houseplants. Flowers start at $9.99 and go as high as $119.99, and Molbak's growers will do their best to meet specific requests if you absolutely have to have that special flower to get past the Goombas surrounding your house. Deck horticultural halls with Molbak's myriad holiday plants and accessories. More than 35 varieties of poinsettias are available to lend a blushing brilliance to homes and haystack houses, while the nursery's 14-foot-tall poinsettia Christmas tree elicits tears of jealousy from mere evergreens. Other holiday goodies available for purchase and perusal include ornaments, tree trim, wreaths, and lights.