Nestled at the base of verdant foothills, Mountain Meadow Equestrian Center welcomes four-legged friends into a lush horse hotel and beginner, intermediate, and advanced students into an indoor arena and outdoor fields with mountain views. Designed for equine-enamored students aged 5 and older, beginners' classes emphasize handling the horse from the ground along with safety, grooming, and basic riding. Beginning students ride the same horse selected from a stock of experienced lesson horses and ponies each week to develop a trusting relationship and bond by trying on each other's shoes. Intermediate classes focus on trail riding over rough terrain, jumping, or dressage, or advanced classes delve into specialty riding skills that might include hunt-seat, jumper, or cross-country riding. The stables will provide necessary riding helmets and boots.
Calloway's Lamps & Shades has been a trusted purveyor of home lighting and accessories for 65 years, and it continues to illuminate customers' abodes with a stock of more than 4,000 lampshades ($10–$400) in styles that range from ultrabasic to bulb-dimming bombshell. Luminescence-loving staffers can answer shoppers' common lighting queries, such as how to determine optimal light-bulb wattage or how often lampshades get soused enough to wear other lampshades at holiday parties. Must-have pieces of home miscellany also lure customers with utilitarian magnetism and include umbrellas ($15–$24), Seda France candles ($20), and Venetian-style goblets ($36). In addition to offering 150 hanging fixtures, including an elegant Moroccan fixture ($45), Calloway's also provides one-day expert lamp repair that can coax busted desk lamps into the light and sweet-talk genies into granting mulligans on unwisely spent third wishes.
Spanning two adjacent buildings, Sweet Pea purveys an array of gifts, photosynthetic dirt-dwellers, and garden supplies. Shoppers can step into the cottage, dotted with the works of local artists, to browse seasonal items and bath products such as season-specific kitchen towels ($7.99–12.99), skin-quenching Savannah Bee Company royal jelly body butter, or Archipelago soy candles ($32), which send olfactory neurons into party mode. The garden shop next door offers up everything from pizza-seasoning herbs ($2.99+) to a gallon-sized perennial ($12.99+). An artisanal pot ($14.99–49.99) keeps new plants safe from unscrupulous rabbits, and Sweet Pea’s most popular garden stake ($9.99), adorned with three metal bells and a refined fleur-de-lis, adds a metallic touch to lush yards.
Situated in the backyard of owner and horticulturist Keith Schumacher, Champion Daylilies labors over a staggering assortment of daylilies year after year, cultivating a vibrant pool of perennials. One of the world's most prevailing perennials, daylilies are easy to grow, drought tolerant, and rarely bothered by insects, diseases, or crying toddlers.
Since selling its first mini Venus de Milo 26 years ago](http://outdoorcreationstn.com/about.shtml), Outdoor Creations’ knowledgeable staff has continuously stocked the store with high-quality garden art in classic, contemporary, and whimsical styles. The shop’s outdoor collection brims with concrete creations, including multitiered fountains, Eastern and Grecian statues, and picturesque benches, and the stock of topsoil and mulch helps kick-start garden landscaping. Boasting more than 66 combined years of experience, the staffers have built up a reputation of helpfulness, answering design questions or recommending a birdbath that will give malodorous birds the hint without hurting their feelings.
The specialists at Green Thumb Organic Lawn Care nurture lawns by calling upon techniques used before the introduction of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Their organic approach to lawn care expands to the roots of shrubs, trees, and garden gnomes, which they care for through soil tests and organic applications. The team's 14-point soil analysis works to pinpoint individual issues, and their lawn-specific treatments work to encourage healthy growth without spreading dangerous chemicals or green, lead-based paint.:m]]
Direct Tools Factory Outlet decks out sheds and tool belts with new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished tools and hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, Milwaukee, Hoover, and Dirt Devil. Shoppers can eradicate dirt and crumbs from surfaces with the Dirt Devil corded pet hand vac ($39.99) or resize out-of-control indoor ferns with a Homelite reconditioned electric chainsaw ($44.99). The blemished right-angle drill by Ryobi ($55.99) can help piece together projects, as can the store's assortment of discontinued and reconditioned power tools and outdoor equipment. Unlike portraits rendered in ice, all of Direct Tools' products come with a warranty of at least one year.