After a feature on the TV show Hardcore Pawn, American Jewelry and Loan became one of the country's most recognizable pawn shops??and they take that mantle seriously. This full-service pawn shop is staffed by 50 employees who conduct thousands of transactions every day. They buy and sell everything from jewelry and antique automobiles to sports memorabilia and taxidermy. Searching for a Swarovski crystal parrot or an autographed Star Wars photograph? Les, Seth, and Ashley Gold can help with experience cultivated from a lifetime of working in an upscale pawn shop.
Since 1908, the Huizenga family has tended to the same parcel of land that is now Huizenga Brothers Greenhouses and Garden Center. There, fifth-generation family members work alongside the staff in the greenhouses, where annuals or perennials for planting in pots or flower beds are doted upon.
Since 1975, florists at Hyacinth House have helped their neighbors mark special occasions with artful arrangements of flowers and greenery. They harness versatility accumulated from combined experience in industries ranging from floral and interior design to events planning to helm 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space filled with seasonal blooms, lush green plants, and squirting novelty boutonnieres. Along with bouquets teeming with hydrangeas, roses, tulips, and gerberas, the staff also specializes in greenery, such as dish gardens and tropical plants, as well as gourmet gift baskets.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday at 10 a.m.
Willow Greenhouse's 15,000 square feet flourish with color. Flowers, vegetables, and leaves occupy every space. It's all thanks to one family, who has owned Willow Greenhouse for more than 30 years. Each year, they plant nearly half a million seeds by hand, including mum and pansy seeds. To keep things fresh, they add a few new plants to their collection every season.
What started for the Ludema family five generations ago as a roadside corn stand evolved into a flourishing flower, plant, and garden business. Inside many greenhouses are aisles of hanging baskets, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, blooming shrubs, and colorful rose bushes. They're also certified dealers of David Austin English garden roses. Nursery guests can also head to the idyllic display garden to get inspiration for landscaping layouts.