Owned by a veterinarian and staffed by a team of experienced equestrians, Providence Equestrian Center provides quality care for horses while teaching riders how to walk, trot, and canter. They do this during group and private lessons scheduled year-round in an 80”x140” covered arena or a 125”x275” outdoor arena. Providence Equestrian Center also hosts birthday parties, corporate events, and family reunions.
Montgomery Gibbs Nursery carries the ingredients to fill any kind of space with greenery or florals, be it a tiny windowsill garden or an expansive backyard. When not helping customers find the right plants for their projects, staff members at the nursery spend their time nurturing nascent annuals and perennials and more sizable trees and shrubs. Homeowners can further dress landscapes in red-, brown-, or black-dyed cypress mulch, or grow their own vegetables or fruit trees for endless access to off-the-vine pies.
Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.
EarthScape expanded from a one-man company to a team of technicians who turn plain lawns into showpieces with their elegant landscape designs. As members of the Nursery and Landscape Association, they skillfully build berms and crown them with shrubs and flowers while maintaining botanical zones with weed control, core aeration, and turf disease prevention. When they aren't tending to the health of yards, techs equip them with ponds, fountains, and outdoor kitchens. As licensed irrigation contractors, they can also install watering systems that conserve water, quench thirsty lawns, and save homeowners the hassle of tickling a fire hydrant until it spouts.
The first seeds of Dearness Gardens were planted on a 3-acre 1920s farmstead in 1995. Since then the downtown Huntersville location has blossomed into a collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and landscaping supplies. Dearness' greenhouse flourishes with roses, azaleas, and other perennials, and popular shrubs, conifers, and Japanese maples populate the nursery. The selection of trellises, arbors, and birdbaths arms green thumbs with lawn accessories, and a resident landscape consultant is available to advise those who thought "berm" was just a gnome's cuss word.
The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.