Growing up, C.V. Hunt spent more time around Christmas trees than the typical kid; during the summers, he'd make extra money helping out on Christmas tree farms, including one owned by his uncle. In 1980, he decided to open his own farm, naming it Hunt Tree Company. On 500 acres, he grows fraser firs, douglas firs, and other evergreens, some of which stand up to 12 feet tall.
If geneticist and horticulturalist Gregor Mendel were still alive today, he would marvel at Rivergate Garden Center. Owner Jonathan Buck fills the nursery with plants from breeders such as the aptly named Proven Winners and the Conard-Pyle Co., which has been developing hybrid roses since 1897. From spring through the moment when the world's executive producers decide it's winter, the center is rampant with blossoming roses, lipstick-red weigela, and violet butterfly bushes engineered to expend energy continuously in colorful abandon. These plants also require less maintenance, as their stems resist frost and mildew and quit growing once they have reached a manageable, predetermined size.
The housekeeping staff at Truly Lavish loves a good mess. They specialize in residential organizing and cleaning services, which can be scheduled on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis or just once after renting your home to a flock of migrating geese. In addition to leaving houses spick-and-span, the staff can pick up dry cleaning, schedule salon appointments, and run other errands for busy customers.
In 1932, Bessie Bates had such confidence in her business idea that she built a hothouse during the height of the Great Depression. Today, the nursery flourishes across 15 acres of space, where the family staff guides shoppers to annuals, perennials, pots, and gardening supplies. They might also introduce green-thumbed customers to rhododendrons, climbing roses, flowering quince, or concealer that makes their thumbs look more flesh-toned. The stock also includes garden accessories, such as fiber-clay pottery and fountains.
Seeding helps to even out and increase the overall density of your lawn's grass. Most times, all that's required is some aggressive sprinkling and gentle raking, though Turf & Seed can also extract dead and dying grass. This complete removal is an additional service and not valid with this deal, but will only happen upon consultation. Fertilizing infuses your manor grounds with life-giving nitrogen, giving it a full head of glossy emerald hair that really classes up your home (and they don't use toxic fertilizers, either). Spray-on weeding, meanwhile, shrivels away any careless or impudent invaders. Each service is typically done in the fall or winter to prepare fetal plants for the upcoming spring. You can buy up to five of these Groupons to service larger lawns or to treat your outdoor carpet to all three treatments.
What makes your business stand out?
All of our guys are good, honest, clean-cut guys with a professional appearance and a great work ethic. We leave the home cleaner than it was before we began the work and have an eye for detail. We show up when we say we're going to and return phone calls promptly. We perform the work to the highest quality and in a short time period, as to not disturb the home owners' lives for too long.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Working for too many companies that cut corners. I also wanted to provide a more affordable option for the same quality of work.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
We received a $500 tip for going above and beyond—exceeding the expectations of the homeowner. They continue to sing our praises and, like most of our customers, refer others to our company constantly.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Being able to completely transform a major living space of a family's home in just a matter of days. I love to really be able to improve their way of life.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Full room remodel and renovation
Pro Tip: Have an idea of what you want the final completed project to look like before work begins.