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).
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.
Billing itself as a “janitorial superstore,” The Cleaning Mart stocks cleaning and household supplies in bulk quantities as well sizes appropriate for the typical homeowner. Its vast selection ranges from push brooms to hand soap to cases of trash bags. Instead of rubbing lavender and pinecones on your walls and floors, you can easily get a room smelling nice with air fresheners.
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).
With Mixbook's photo-book services, you can instantly upload your treasured pictures and customize each with the easy-to-use Mixbook editor. Use the editor to crop photos, add text, and rotate any pictures, allowing you to convince friends you met Adam West while hanging upside-down in his master bedroom. Clients can then choose from several different types of printed books, such as the 8"x6" softcover pocket landscape ($11.99 for 20 pages) or the 14"x11" hardcover coffee-table book ($49.99 for 20 pages), ideal for stirring up jealousy in bookless coffee tables. Mixbook uses archival-quality silk paper to ensure that sentimental snapshots have a glossy look and feel. Capture the moment the bride said "I do" with a professional-quality wedding picture book, or encapsulate baby's first word—"mitochondria"—with a baby memory book.
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.).