Joseph, the owner of Castle Rock Landscape Design and Maintenance, honed his landscaping skills on the rolling greens of Branson Creek Golf Club and the tree-lined lakefront of Wilderness Club at Big Cedar. At Big Cedar, he developed the palette of grasses, shrubs, tulips, and daffodils with which he beautifies clients' yards. The Castle Rock team can design plans for outdoor spaces or perform weekly services such as mowing, removing weeds, and giving bouquets of dead weeds to a rival.
Beautyrest Sleep Gallery's collection of Simmons mattresses lulls patrons to restful slumber. Inhibiting motion transfer across the sleeping surface with pocketed coil springs, the Beautyrest luxury firm king set ($899) grants plenty of space for uninterrupted sleep to couples or bobsledding teams. Dozers can also engage in dream marathons on a luxury firm queen set ($599) that conforms to body profiles with barrel-shaped back supports; or they can host plush sleepovers on the memory-foam pillow-top twin set ($568). Beautyrest Sleep Gallery supplements its accommodating mattresses with customer service including free delivery, setup, and removal.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet help customers to negotiate the store's huge inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Items are priced at a reduced rate, giving purchasers extra money and a brand-new stockpile of hardware to construct a time machine to go back and impress an early hominid with a Dirt Devil Scorpion 7-amp hand vacuum ($29.99) or a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion compact drill ($127.99). Each product carries a warranty of at least one year, even the reconditioned items, which had to get back in shape with pushups and burpees to earn their warranty ribbon.
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits the first radio wave across the English Channel. On the other side of the pond, in Missouri, Nixa Hardware & Seed Co is founded. The year is 1899. Since that auspicious beginning more than a century ago, the hardware store company has grown to "7 acres of savings," and throughout its history, its expansive wholesale collection of plants, fertilizers, soils, and tools has equipped avid gardeners and professional farmers throughout southwest Missouri. Today, nursery workers and plant experts shepherd visitors through pallets of specially concocted livestock feed and bags of carefully formulated fertilizer, while horticulturalists on Nixa's research farm develop tried-and-true plant and grass varieties proven to thrive in local climates. Though the staff is proud of its bulk garden seeds and mulch, a selection of go-karts and generators proves that the company has evolved since its 19th-century origins. The team even purveys renewable-energy biomass furnaces that can keep costs low and household operations sustainable.
Like burying yourself neck-deep in lush planting soil, visits to the bustling agricultural center can evoke a strong, heartwarming connection with the land, with friendly staff members working hand-in-hand with clients to pick out the perfect seed, beekeeping gear, newly hatched chicks, or lawn-care equipment.
DirectBuy's showroom brims with home furnishings, from customizable kitchen cabinets and four-door refrigerators to smaller touches, such as faucets and light fixtures. The company culls its stock from more than 700 brands, and its membership-based business plan minimizes its retailer markups—and has made it a mainstay of the home furnishings market for more than 40 years throughout the United States and Canada.
Since 1997, this family-owned business has been constructing themed gift baskets for special occasions and portable present-giving. The movie-night basket ups the ante on at-home feature fun with boxes of movie-theater-style candy and sweet kettle corn. Prepopped buttered popcorn lends a salty, savory crunch to furtive re-viewings of home movies and stamp-collecting documentaries, and full-sized candy bars coat throats in chocolaty comfort. The happy-face candy-bouquet basket broadcasts helium-filled joy with a smiley-faced Mylar balloon accompanied by brand-name candies. Sample M&Ms and Skittles for tiny bursts of flavor, or cram a 3 Musketeers or Snickers bar past gnashing sweet teeth. Like two hot-air balloons each transporting an identical twin, the contents of baskets vary slightly from one to the next.