Neighborhood children doing yard work for money to spend on candy is classic Americana, but for Michael Ackerman Jr, the actual work ended up being its own reward. Michael's grass-mowing hobby transformed into a full-scale lawn-care company in just a few years, after he got the word out by passing out homemade fliers and staging a town-wide game of telephone. When the buzz about his business amplified, he managed his growing list of clientele with the help of his new business partners, Michael Sr and Connie, his parents. As a team, they now tackle yard work of all kinds and have added snow removal, irrigation, and landscape lighting to their core lawn-care services.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including more than 3,000 iLipo and Cavitation patients for fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
For more than 35 years, Tropical Designs has installed lush, equatorial ecosystems in Wichita's homes, offices, and high-rises. A team of horticulturists, interior designers, florists, and builders pool their brawn and brain power to transform lackluster spaces into photosynthetic pleasure domes, a process they call interiorscaping. Florists work with clients to draw up arrangements spilling over with high-quality natural plants and silk housed in a vast array of containers, available for rent or purchase. To keep spaces fresh and give armchairs something to gossip about, the blooming change out program replaces bedraggled fauna for in-season, flowering bromeliads, orchids, or other fetching specimens.
Twin canine greeters, Jake and Roper, roam the aisles of Woodard Mercantile, welcoming guests to Gerald and Leslye Woodard's expansive store. It's that kind of character that sets the family-owned shop apart. Each aisle offers row upon row of an eclectic variety of brand name supplies and gifts, including pet and horse supplies, lawn and garden goods, jewelry, and purses. Knowledgeable staff members stand at the ready to assist with selections or special-order goods that aren't in stock.
Angela’s Floral & Gifts is a haven for all things stemmed and petaled thanks to a wide array of flowers and plants. One of Angela’s classic offerings is red roses ($48/dozen), which is a classic way to say, “I love you,” or “I don’t know how your speedboat ended up in a tree.” For a longer lasting memento, Angela's selection of greenery is a great way to brighten a room or trick someone into thinking they won the lead role in Tarzan (starting at $30). Angela’s also customizes bouquets, bunches, and barrel-loads of flowers. The shop prides itself on its customer service and the ability to sprout the ideal arrangement after taking into consideration the customer’s budget, foliage preferences, and fear of chrysanthemums. Angela’s is a member of Teleflora, which means the staff can wave a magic wand over a bare patch of soil to whip up any arrangement found on the site.
Family-owned since 1876 (making it one of the oldest businesses in Wichita), Tillie's Flower Shop has kept generation after generation smelling delightful with an ample selection of fresh, high-quality flowers for all occasions. Take home a bestselling arrangement such as the Morning in Sorrento, a terracotta pot stuffed with orange roses and carnations, hot-pink mini carnations, alstroemeria, and hypericium ($29.95). If you're short on sonnet ideas, send a vase of a dozen red roses to your significant other, new flame, or postman ($29.99). Potted plants provide a more enduring botanical bounty when gifting green thumbs; choose from leafy green golden pothos ($29.95), African violets ($49.95), or pixilated piranha plants (market price).