Flowers By Peter’s staff of blossom builders creates awe-striking arrangements with expressive names that make it easy to choose the blooms that suit the mood. Sniff through the selection of love and romance arrangements for an elegant way to say be my love (red roses, miniature carnations, white Asiatic lilies, and daisy spray chrysanthemums; starting at $42.95). Or, make someone smile without telling knock-knock jokes with the square-vased Teleflora Summertime Splash, a bouquet of yellow Asiatic lilies, pink Matsumoto asters, hot-pink miniature gerberas, and green button spray chrysanthemums (starting at $42.95).
Keil Bros' garden center and nursery is heartily stocked with a plethora of seasonally changing plant products hailing from a number of regional growers, including Chesapeake Nursery and Monrovia Nursery. With the summer solstice recently passed, the center's verdant and sprawling inventory is now focused on helping the mid-season gardener. Ready-to-go planters ($25–$50) and pre-arranged hanging baskets ($15–$25) keep green thumbs green and pristine fingernails clean while also adding opulent oxygen sources to homesteads. Come the auburns of autumn, Keil Bros turns its gardens over to organic goodies such as apples from the Hudson Valley, ornamental cabbages, and pumpkins just begging to be brought to cackling life through blade and flame. Year-round, the center also provides essential tools and lawn-care goods from brands such as Toro and Lawn-Boy.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Dancing patrons regularly tap toes against the elegant environs of El Habanero Mexican Cocina, where chefs construct authentic Mexican dishes with a finesse that has earned a loyal following. Like Candy Land's reigning monarch, burritos, enchiladas, seafood, and steaks dress up in flavorful accessories, including jalapeño coleslaw, guajillo, and mole poblano. Behind a full bar, the chefs' cocktail-crafting brethren swirl fresh fruit juices with top-quality tequilas and vodkas to concoct margaritas, mojitos, and martinis.
A crimson booth spans the length of El Habanero Mexican Cocina's interior, cushioning diners amid exposed-brick walls and flat-screen TVs. Occasionally, a live DJ spins a spirited soundtrack to get diners dancing or crocheting atop sleek hardwood floor.
City Hydroponic's amenable staff packs the shelves with a comprehensive stock of gardening supplies primed to increase fresh-produce access across NYC. For water farmers seeking to expand and refine their verdant craft, City Hydroponic carries a battery of tools and supplies to aid in its customers' quests. Organic Burpee seeds carry future sunflowers, tomatoes, green beans and more ($2.49/pack), the majority of which can be swiftly nourished by Earth Juice Grow & Bloom ($14.95) and planted in Ocean Forest soil ($21.95/bag).