Ken Cappelletty and Fred Moor, the men who man Ken’s Flower Shops, didn’t grow up dreaming about buds and stems. Raised by a local policeman, Ken likely spent more time playing cops and robbers than sniffing the neighbor’s rosebushes. It wasn’t until he helmed the cash register at a neighborhood florist in L.A. that he discovered his knack for design. Here, he started to see flowers as more than just plants, viewing them as art supplies that happen to smell nice.
When Ken returned to Ohio, his parents helped him launch a small shop that arranged blooms in the morning and delivered them in the afternoon. Two years later, in 1967, his friend Fred took some of the reins, helping him grow the business into three local stores affiliated with FTD and Teleflora. From this labor of love, a legacy began to take root.
At each shop, seasoned designers incorporate customers’ requests into birthday bouquets, wedding corsages, and gift baskets filled with wine, house-baked cookies, and stuffed toys cute enough to melt hearts and plush enough to sop up the mess. Their talent and creativity takes center stage as well, whether they’re filling vases with orchids, crafting wreaths from roses, or building bouquets from singing balloons. To this day, Fred often answers the phones, discerning customers’ style preferences from friendly chats rather than pilfered diary pages. To make giving easy as getting, the shop’s wares can be delivered locally or internationally, seven days a week.
The gardening experts at Black Diamond, Inc. have dispensed seedlings and seedpods, as well as wisdom on coaxing blossoms and branches from each, for more than half a century. Rather than just pairing visitors with plants to plop into the ground, they strive to understand individual gardening needs. They troubleshoot issues unique to each customer's landscape and impart advice about which plants play well with which fertilizers and insecticides, and which will end up calling each other names and refusing to share their LEGOs.
The green-thumbed staffers grow a wealth of their own bedding plants and nursery stock, and they acquire the rest from local growers. This lets them assemble dozens of annuals and perennials, a wealth of pepper and tomato varieties, and a bevy of shrubs and ornamental trees that keep yards shady enough for pet ice cubes to play outside. Customers can also avail themselves of landscape design and maintenance services, which tap into the skills and experience of professionals.
Since 1986, American Rent-All has been chartering high-quality tools and equipment to assist with party planning and home improvement projects. Avid grillers gearing up for spatula-flipping season with wrist exercises and condiment stockpiles can bring in empty fuel tanks for a propane refill. Parched tanks are refueled by American Rent-All’s helpful staff and then returned to their owners for a summer of sensational searing and intense kebabathons. Bring in propane tanks at your convenience during regular business hours.
Habitec Security's experienced installation technicians, each averaging over 15 years with Habitec, will professionally and efficiently install security systems including the control panel and keypad, three door/window contacts, one motion detector, one keychain on/off remote, one low temperature monitor, and yard signs and stickers for any business or home, including condos and multi-unit buildings. All monitoring is done in a locally owned state-of-the-art central station that handles all alarm signals in a timely manner. Security service requires a monthly fee of $29.95 (discounted from $32.95) as well as a three-year agreement pending credit approval.
The foliage fanatics at Myrtle Flowers & Gifts deliver a large selection of hand-arranged fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, and collectibles. Garland gurus assemble fragrant bouquets such as the Make a Wish bouquet ($29.95), a clear ginger vase overflowing with yellow daisy chrysanthemums, purple asters, hot-pink and orange carnations, and energizing mountain air. Congratulate a coworker on overcoming her anthrophobia with the Daisy Daydreams bouquet, combining lavender daisys and chrysanthemums in a bamboo basket ($29.99), or translate flowery intentions into sweetly scented sentiments with Teleflora's Sweet Thoughts, red roses and purple waxflower accented with variegated pittosporum and bear grass in a Teleflora red glass cube ($29.95).
George Gross opened Gross Electric in 1910, and the array of lamps, appliances, and home accessories in the shop traces the history of design through the ensuing century. Chandeliers twinkle, the light dancing off time-tested bronze curlicues and frosted-glass or ultramodern nickel-plated twists. Each salesperson has trained with the American Lighting Association, so they're well prepared to guide customers among lamps and fixtures of every imaginable size and style, the work of more than 250 manufacturers. Patrons can also find artwork and mirrors to hang on walls or over embarrassingly bad paintings of safes. Fountains murmur in the shop alongside ranks of tables, vases, and clocks, stretching into an expanse of marble, glossy wood, and brass.