Good for both humans and animals, Critter Control has been using humane wildlife-removal and management techniques since 1982. When bats, birds, raccoons, skunks, ducks, or other creatures invade living spaces, they gently swoop them up and relocate them to their natural homesteads. The crew's experience also extends to pest control, which keeps homes and businesses free of sugar ants, spiders, wasps, box elders, earwigs, silverfish, beetles, and more.
Calling upon 20 years of industry experience, Forever Propane’s gas gurus replenish depleted tanks with quality propane. Customers can lug their cisterns into Forever Propane's brick-and-mortar shop, where a 20-pound refill ensures families can continue hosting barbecues or building a flamethrower to dry their soggy wool socks. Alternatively, customers can opt for delivery services to have brawny handymen pick up and drop off tanks at their respective homes or businesses.
For more than 65 years, this bastion of blossoms has promoted indoor pollination with colorful flowers in a wide array of artfully arranged bouquets. The Burst of Autumn bouquet ($42.50) showcases a clear glass vase festooned with asiatic lilies, chrysanthemums, and roses in shades of clementine and yellow, with the vessel dressed for sweater weather in an orange satin ribbon. Patrons can gift six red roses ($39.95) to a significant other for Valentine’s Day, or befuddle a parking-meter cop after a ticketing spree. Shoppers can cultivate their lapel appeal with a soft lavender corsage ($24.95) or their wrist moxie with a green orchid boutonniere ($29.95). The Teleflora Party Bear bouquet ($35) flaunts an entourage of carnations, chrysanthemums, and larkspur in a glass vase embraced by a loveable happy-birthday bear, which induces sweet sighs without the repercussions of gift-wrapping a live grizzly.
Joseph Sirotkin founded DynaServ more than 45 years ago, on the principle that customer service stands out when it comes to landscape maintenance. His staffers are subject to background checks, formal training, and wacky inflatable hurdles before they begin work, during which they proudly wear official uniforms. They install and maintain landscapes for homes and businesses, performing services that include irrigation, pest control, and hurricane restoration. The company’s garden center also boasts 25 acres of plants, pots, figurines, and accessories to outfit green-thumbed shoppers.
Flamingo Road Nursery owner Jim Dezell is used to the surprise on people's faces when they come to the nursery for the first time. "People commonly come in and say, ‘Wow, I never knew there was a garden center like this,’" he says. Maybe they're wowed by the park-like landscaping, complete with display gardens designed to inspire shoppers with ideas for plant combinations. Maybe they're blown away at the fountains, statues, and thousands of pieces of pottery. Or maybe they've just seen the pond surrounded by colorfully painted "shops" and palm trees. It's a "true experience" that's as much about shopping as it is about creating "memory and traditions", wrote Today's Garden Center in 2011, when it picked Flamingo Road Nursery as the most revolutionary garden center in the nation.
In addition to helping shoppers navigate the selection of flowers, trees, and other plants, the knowledgeable staff can also help them complete landscaping projects with outdoor artwork, waterfalls, and more. "It's professional advice here," says Jim. "We really try to understand our customers' needs and offer solutions that will both excite them and provide long-term enjoyment." He even recommends people bring in dimensions and photos of their space so the staff can get a better idea of what will grow well there. Flamingo Road Nursery offers delivery and complete installation services. Other garden-centric items, such as fountains and colorful adirondack furniture, give customers more chances to enjoy their outdoor living spaces.
The nursery also hosts an on-site Farmers Market shop, which hosts a large assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods—some of the produce is even picked at the nursery itself. On the weekends, a beekeeper visits the store to explain how bees make honey to visiting kids, using the in-store observation beehive as a teaching tool. The nursery holds seasonal celebrations as well, including an annual fall festival with pumpkin patch and a Christmas festival replete with sleigh rides, Santa visits, and a Christmas tree forest.