With spring bursting from the earth like a bony hand from a freshly dug grave and summer a pale horse on the horizon, there are any number of terrifying events to cope with: Mother's Day, prom, graduation, and May Day, to name but a few. All of these are best met head-on with floral arrangements, potted plants, or decorative containers heaped with treats courtesy of Stadium Flowers. A Sweet Bird Garden ($44.98) comes nestled in a woven basket adorned with a bird and filled with a palette of flowers. Treat mom or an open-minded dad to a vase of Spring Roses, garnished with raffia and butterfly. Non-traditional options also abound, such as a more-edible-than-flowers Nature's Bounty ($69.98) or a prettily practical Daisy Pitcher ($19.98, $44.98 with flowers). And just in time for prom night, a gorgeous four-rose wristlet corsage with kalanchoe ($34.98) makes a beautiful pre-apology for ruining a date's dress before she can return it to Nordstrom's.
Inside Children's Bookshop & Teaching Supplies, one can find literature for adolescents and infants just as easily as shelves and tables overflowing with colorful games and toys. Though the full-service bookstore's two retail locations focus on educational materials, such as school and art supplies, they also aim to give kids equipment that inspires fun. The store proffers a rainbow of glitter, crayons, and pastels; colorful picture books accompanied by CDs; and a range of modernized and classic board games such as bingo, dominoes, checkers, and mancala. To facilitate creative learning and instill children with an early understanding of zoning codes, the store carries interlocking-piece construction sets. Store staffers also arrange a wooden railway table and a Calico Critters Play Table.
"Don't marry your alarm company," Advanced Systems declares, and while there's very little chance of that actually happening, their approach to alarm-system monitoring does inspire a more easy-going partnership. These pros monitor all the top systems—be they Honeywell, DSC, or GE—with the same industry-wide procedures: When they're alerted by an alarm system, they first call the premises, followed by a designated call-list, and then the appropriate agencies. The company's no-contract monitoring policy works with new or existing security systems, allowing clients to decide when they're in and when they're out.