The tigers, lions, and jaguars at Henry Doorly Zoo may not realize it, but the professionals at Lumbermen’s Hearth & Home expertly laid the brick walls that surround their cat complex. Constructing brick and stone exteriors for exotic animals is just one of the ambitious projects Lumbermen’s has tackled since 1932, when they opened their doors with the mission of serving local lumberyards. After eight decades of hard work, the fourth-generation family-owned operation gradually expanded the scope and size of their business, which now houses four sprawling showrooms. These spaces showcase myriad options for customizing their customers’ decks and outdoor landscapes, such as grills from brands including Napoleon, patio furniture, and fire pits. Lumbermen’s also makes interiors cozy, tricking out living rooms with fireplaces and stoves capable of burning fraudulent tax documents rolled into logs.
Finishing Touches abounds with stationery, candles, artwork, and seasonal décor ideal for home decorating or gift giving. Shoppers can furnish dinner parties with a set of handmade Beatriz Ball metal serving pieces to spruce up a batch of hors d'oeuvres or turn a breakfast of Fruit Loops into a classy brunch ($40+). A collection of Archipelago Botanicals body washes, lotions, and candles ($20–$50) envelops both bodies and abodes in favorable fragrances. Finishing Touches' stationery collection includes Caspari paper goods, which make suitable gifts and an ideal medium for friends to write thank-you notes in gratitude for their new Caspari paper goods ($3–$20).
Using all-natural ingredients, nuVibe's menu is stocked with tasty café fare, freshly made smoothies, and coffee. Perk up tired tongues with an espresso and other air-roasted premium coffees from The Roasterie, a premier roasting company that procures coffee beans from small, specialty farmers for a fair price. Peruse more than 20 fresh fruit and juice smoothie concoctions such as the shockwave, powered with orange juice, banana, orange sherbet, and whey protein (also available in raspberry or pineapple). Or customize your own smoothie blend ($4.21–$4.67 for 24 oz.).
A member of the Green Building Initiative and a Building Performance Institute-accredited organization, USA Insulation keeps home inhabitants at a comfortable temperature as they go about their daily lives. The service process commences when a trained energy consultant visits the home to inspect the building for potential areas of improvement, such as an under-insulated attic or a basement that refuses to wear socks. He then makes recommendations to increase the home's R-Value, a statistical measure of a building's resistance to heat transfer. Proper insulation can not only keep the interior at a comfortable temperature, but can also help the homeowner save money on monthly heating bills and koozie expenses.
Intimately family owned and operated, Piccolo’s arranges fine flora year-round for romantic gestures, get-well-soons, and special occasions such as Mother’s Day on May 8 or Pretend You Didn’t Forget Day on May 9. Piccolo’s florists pluck perfectly bloomed buds for its beautifully presented bouquets such as the How Sweet It Is, a mélange of orange roses and pink carnations interspersed with matsumoto asters in a curved glass vase ($37.95). Repurpose an Easter basket with the Basket Full of Wishes, a sunny spray certain to answer all your significant others' not-so-subtle hints about the perfect National Maritime Day gift ($42.95), or make up for the fact that you've never remembered your anniversary with the Victorian Romance, a dozen cream-colored roses juxtaposed against lavender waxflower and framed by ivy greens ($69.95).