Imagery is a locally owned and operated boutique with an ardent and indefatigable focus on building relationships with chic-seeking locals. Keep extremities safe from the slaps of winter’s wind hands with super-stretchy Ryu leggings ($65) or lush layers of jackets, tunics, and sweaters. With a pair of jeans from Do Denim, Reunion, Miss Me, LTB, or Johnny Max, victims of recent de-pantsings can recover with their dignity and come back more alluring than before. Men can achieve sartorial nirvana with custom suits, ensure consistent punctuality with an Android timepiece, or lounge gracefully in one of Imagery's many man Ts (less than $50). Accessorize your newly minted look with costume jewelry, vintage remakes, or one-of-a-kind pieces designed and created by the hands or tentacles of local artists.
The petal pushers at Flowers to the People assemble sustainable holiday centerpieces with blossoms from local sowers or sustainable Californian and South American farms. Customers order personalized arrangements that showcase hydroponic roses, eucalyptus, orchids, and other specialty flowers to present to a loved one, accent a holiday buffet, or block Uncle Josh's cross-table reach for the gravy boat. Going the extra ecological step, the flower shop collects many of its vases and buckets from antique dealers and secondhand shops, or binds bouquets in recycled pint glasses, wine glasses, and mason jars. The environmentally sympathetic staff composts plant waste and repurposes packaging materials into solar-powered hot-dog cookers.
LuvALamps bathe bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens in warm light, beaming down from ceilings, out from shelves, and up from floors. Made from durable recycled plastic puzzle pieces, the colorful lamps can be assembled into a variety of shapes—from cheerful globes to intricate flowers. Durable, heat-resistant, and flexible, the lamps can be used indoors and outdoors.
Cami Reiss, who began lending a helping hand at her family's landscaping business at the ripe age of 10, has developed a potently green thumb. She knows all the ins and outs of gardening, landscaping, and earthworm wrangling, and she has ample experience in assisting with designs and computing estimates. Since April 2011, Cami's been running the show at Green Stem Garden Center, helping homeowners and contractors find whatever gardening materials and plants they need.
The entire center stretches over 10 acres of land, most of which is covered in asphalt so customers don't have to hobble through dirt or hurdle over gophers in search of their supplies. All of the available plants come from the center's 1-acre tree farm or from a handful of local family farms located no further than 200 miles away. Green Stem Garden Center has supplied materials for a variety of projects, including trees for a wedding featured on an episode of David Tutera's My Fair Wedding.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.