An ever-changing landscape of foliage occupies The Plant Professionals's facility, which spans three acres and boasts 18-feet-tall ceilings that tower over everything from the budding pastel blossoms of spring to the pine needles and poinsettias of winter. The company specializes in commercial indoor and outdoor landscape installations, but it also keeps a landscape designer on staff, available by appointment.
Other gardening professionals on staff include interior-plant designers who can artistically arrange interior plantscapes for businesses; resident florist Dave Mansfield, who—informed by more than 50 years of experience—crafts floral arrangements for any occasion; and elves disguised as interior decorators, who arrange wreaths and other home accents for the snow-capped holidays. The Plant Professionals even has a grow-pot exchange on site, which allows patrons to recycle their old planters and pick up new ones for free.
Unpainted figurines and pottery pieces stand in single-file lines on the pine shelves of Haze Ceramics and More, patiently waiting for guests to brandish paint-dipped brushes and embellish their blank surfaces with artistry. The studio's instructors lead classes and special events throughout the week, demonstrating techniques for mixing colors and achieving a variety of smooth or grainy textures. Aside from giving children and adults the chance to select a ceramic coffee mug, coin tray, or spiked mace from the studio’s expansive collection, classes include all glazes, paints, and firing fees. Special events, such as ladies' night, fuel outbursts of creativity with wine and snacks, and private parties clear out the room so that birthday boys and girls can gleefully bash away at terra-cotta piñatas.
Releasing a sky lantern into the night can signify many things—a wish, an honorary gesture, or, in the case of the "Proceed 2 Party" sky lantern, a fun night ahead. SkyLantern.com carries lanterns for almost any occasion, from festive birthdays to Christmas. Some are emblazoned with graphics, including the American flag or a grinning Halloween pumpkin. Some, such as the Shooting Star lanterns, have no pictures, but leave twinkling sparks in their wake, much like the best train conductors. The site also sells decorative LED lanterns, as well as campfire color-changers that turn the flames green and blue.
Voted the area?s best women's clothing store by the readers of the Towne Courier in the 2010 People's Choice Awards and Voted #1 consignment store for the Top of the Town award 2013 and 2014 from CityPulse, Kellie's Consignments houses an ever-changing selection of men's and women's consignment apparel, furniture, and designer shoes and accessories in its expansive 13,500-square-foot showroom. The shop's one-of-a-kind inventory shifts more quickly than a caffeinated racecar, with a fresh selection of new merchandise from consignors constantly rotated in from consignors as far away as Texas. Handbags and footwear with pedigrees from designers such as Fendi and Roberto Cavalli keep patrons decked out in timeless fashions, and a selection of jewelry lets them further accessorize any outfit. Such designer deals led Lansing City Pulse readers to crown Kellie's Consignments Best Consignment Store in the 2013 and 2014 Top of the Town readers' poll.
For more than 88 years, the lamplighters at Capitol Lighting have illuminated homes with attractive fixtures in styles ranging from French country to Art Deco. More than 500,000 products, including bright lamps and bulbs from Corbett Lighting, Schonbek, Hudson Valley, and Savoy House, await their opportunity to banish darkness and beautify home spaces ranging from dining room ceilings to outdoor paths. Beyond bulbs in all shapes and sizes, Capitol also carries a vast selection of home accessories, such as hallway mirrors that give residents a final chance to ensure their antennas are hidden before leaving the house.
From art restoration to custom-made frames and gift-able artwork, the framing artisans at Framer's Edge and Gallery consider it all their expertise. Fabricating frames on-site, technicians draw from a collection of more than 5,000 mold samples to create fully customized dwellings for works of art and exceptional report cards. Additionally, the gallery hangs works from local artists and photographers available for purchase, as well as jewelry, pottery, and blown glass.