Urban Garden Center has been repurposing city spaces for flora long before the Converse owners started turning their Chuck Taylors into flower boxes. The New York mainstay carries on a family legacy that has served the NYC gardening community for more than 50 years. As an "off the grid" business, the center relies on zero utilities to operate. What's more, with the help of a chattering of chickens, they maintain a community compost station, which diverts waste from the local marketplace and businesses in a much safer manner than launching it into lower orbit with a trebuchet.
On a mission to keep city-dwelling plant-scapes looking as vibrant and as impressive as their suburban cousins, the 20,000-square-foot facility outfits green-thumbed customers with eco-friendly soils, fertilizers, and plants. Urban Garden Center also passes its horticulture torch to future generations at its children's learning garden, where young'uns come to learn during classes, school trips, and parties. For extra assistance, or to ensure their rose beds don't end up as rose pullout couches, customers can collaborate with the center's garden gurus for design, maintenance, and installation services.
By setting out to provide visitors with one of the most beloved Christmas traditions, Anthony Gallo Nurseries has practically become a tradition in itself—the Christmas tree farm has spent more than a century decking homes with the holiday’s decorative centerpiece. At the nursery, tree-seekers peruse a lineup of firs hand-picked from Gallo’s tree farm, including Fraser firs, a modern-day favorite seen in many American homes including the White House, and Balsam firs, a classic choice known for filling spaces with their festive aroma. In addition to trees, the nursery offers mixed garlands and florist-designed wreaths sprinkled with colorful berries, handmade bows, and tiny cameras that stream footage to Santa's behavior-analysis department.
At Golden Angel Spa Center, multilingual staffers use advanced equipment and natural ingredients as they strive to create smoother, more youthful skin and loosen muscles with several massage modalities. Technicians harness intense pulsed light to diminish fine lines, broken capillaries, and other signs of aging during photo facials, and employ a sub-zero IPL system to swiftly eviscerate unwanted fuzz during laser hair-removal sessions or games of laser freeze tag. Amino-nutrients and ingredients from northern Europe are combined with Egyptian pressure-adjustment methods during body wraps that aim to refine skin texture and contour silhouettes, and massage pros aim to enhance functionality of the immune system and reduce stress using relaxing or therapeutic strokes.
Since 1952, Hasselman Landscaping & Garden Centre's staff has operated under one principle: "to have quality product, do quality work, and provide excellent service." Founder Peter Hasselman planted his first seedlings in the Hamlet of Sherkston, before expanding his humble nursery to more than 75 acres speckled with luscious plants, delicious vegetables, and young saplings awaiting a greener pasture. Over the years, the company continued to grow and evolve into its current iteration, a full service garden centre. A proud member of Landscape Ontario, Hasselman backs all of its live plants and flowers with a 100 per cent guarantee, promising exchange or store credit for items that are defective due to disease or unshakable fears of well-meaning bumblebees. In addition to providing flora and gardening accessories, their specialists are available for landscaping consultations, where they help homeowners design functional and inviting outdoor spaces.
Tucked inside the Sheraton Hotel, Glamour Spa envelops guests in a serene oasis characterized by flickering candles and orchids strung with lights. There, aestheticians specialize in making skin flawless with a slew of treatments designed around particular skin concerns, clearing up everything from dark under-eye circles and wrinkles to sunburns. At semi-private nail station, techs outfitted in crisp, almost futuristic white coats tidy up hands, and in private rooms, therapists ease clients into deep relaxation with hot stone massage.