Since 1961, The Flower Cart, Inc. has blanketed the Baltimore area in fresh floral arrangements for all occasions. Holiday centerpieces aglow with crimson roses and twinkling candles brighten pie-laden tables, whereas anniversary bouquets use white button-spray chrysanthemums to say all the things that peanut-butter-filled mouths can’t. With a range of bestsellers for $35 and under, The Flower Cart, Inc. promises elegant still-life subjects for practiced pointillists and verdant houseplants for innovative performance artists. Sneeze-prone flora fans can get a pollen-free flower fix with an array of fruit and gift baskets stuffed with fresh produce and aromatic coffee.
As a regional manufacturer distributing products within a 500-mile radius, McCormick Paints takes a leadership position in truly green manufacturing and distribution by reducing energy, fuel and emissions in the delivery of products to the marketplace. McCormick Paints operates 24 retail store locations.
Massage therapist Ruth's clients refer to her as "Dr. Ruth"—a loving testament to her effect on their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Ruth carefully tailors massage work to the unique needs of each client, coupling Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with soft music and soothing oils. Clients can also request Ruth's specialty hot-stone massage to boost blood circulation and drain the lymph nodes.
The friendly staffers at iFurnish's family-owned showroom outfit abodes with name-brand wood, leather, and upholstered furniture. Contemporary and classic sofas join ottomans to fill living rooms, and dining rooms host tables sturdy enough to handle Thanksgiving's traditional anvil-eating contests. Several plush and memory-foam mattresses provide solid support for sleeping or jumping, and a wide array of home accessories, from lamps to wool rugs, decorates any room. Color whippersnappers’ chambers with kids' furniture such as bunk beds, desks, and dressers that easily conceal escape tunnels leading to the pantry.
The only hotel on Lake Washington, the Woodmark sees plenty of water activity, including boating, kayaking, and hiking. First-time visitors to the lake can get a proper introduction with Argosy Cruises' 90-minute sightseeing cruise, which smoothly floats past houses of the rich and famous, as well as Husky Stadium. Nearby, Juanita Bay Park's wooded wetlands and shallow marshes feature 110 acres of trails and habitats, a place to spot hummingbirds, warblers, beavers, salamanders, and nearly 200 woodland creatures. A 15-minute narwhal-jaunt from the hotel, Seattle's signature coffee shops, imitable seafood, and eclectic museums (including the nerd-centric Science Fiction Museum and the Frank Gehry–designed Experimental Music Project building) represents a sometimes-needed respite from outdoor activities. Pike Place Market is a must for any foodie, as fresh fish and produce, signature chowders, and tasty free samples invade the senses.
Over 35 years ago, Michael Johnson entered the gardening trade at his grandfather's business⎯Johnson's Flower and Garden Center⎯and set out to continue the family legacy by opening a nursery of his own in 1992. Today, avid plant tenders and hobbyists alike flock to Seasons Nursery to pick up native perennials and rare specimen trees. For those without a shopping list, the store's expansive inventory of tree saplings, perennials, hanging flowers, and shrubs can inspire ideas for outdoor landscaping designs or indoor sunroom gardens.
Nearby, turf, pest repellent, and potting soil from brands such as Liquid Fence, LebanonTurf, and Espoma Organic help gardeners keep botanical collections vibrant. Spreads of summer flowers, winter firewood, and autumn pumpkins keep trend-conscious green-thumbs on season, and handy deliverers can cart pallets of plants to homes and vacant lots year-round.