YogurBerry’s cavalcade of self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings allows patrons to customize their own desserts. More than 16 flavors of yogurt—sweetened only with natural fruit sugar—include chocolate, raspberry, and green tea. A list of more than 40 toppings include fruits such as kiwi, mango, and strawberries, alongside nuts and cereals.
An interior-furnishings emporium, Design Solutions houses a cache of wares that can embellish walls, floors, and ceilings with a fresh vibe. Cushion a spontaneous backflip with a solidly colored Fatboy ($284), a sleek update on the classic beanbag, or punch up a drab wall with the Dottlicious designs by Wallcandy ($59)⎯80 removable dots ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches in diameter and ideal for a game of antigravity Twister. Continue the colorific cacophony in the kitchen with melamine plates ($10), trays ($23), and salad bowls ($24) by French Bull. Design Solutions also campaigns against interior doldrums by purveying pottery, toys, and lamps, which, like rays of sunlight or a 15-foot-wide heap of glow sticks, can light up a room.
Family owned and operated for three generations, Springdale Florist & Greenhouses couples flower bouquets with stuffed animals and gourmet nibbles. Present a beloved with the buds and Godiva chocolate of a Pink Rose Bouquet ($49.99), or outdo miniature candy hearts’ hesitant whispers with the thunderous frosted bellow of “Happy Valentines” on a 12-inch Mrs. Fields cookie ($44.99). A stuffed bear embraces a ceramic vase of purple lisianthus and limonium in a Big Hug Bouquet ($45–$65) while bamboo curls into heart shapes in a Be Still My Heart Valentine arrangement ($49.99). The plethora of Hershey, Snickers, and Butterfinger candy bars in a Chocolate Lover’s Dream Bouquet($44.99) can satisfy a family aquarium’s sweet-toothed barracuda.
Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
NatureScapes supplies customers with greenery, flowers, and ornamental accents for any horticultural endeavor, with an emphasis on outdoor container gardens. Cloaked in white shingles and skirted in natural wooden planters, NatureScapes’ shop invites aspiring plantologists to explore their vast and varied options. Blooms abound for those wishing to choreograph a riotous dance of color in homes or yards, ranging from florist-quality orchids that can flourish for up to six months ($29+) to outdoor plants including organic herbs, vegetables, decorative hanging baskets, and select trees and shrubs ($4.99+). With improved control over soil conditions and pests, container garden plants ($4.99+) give brown thumbs a second or third chance to apologize to nature and earn valuable dirt cred. Those who have already defected to the rewarding yet growth-stilted world of outdoor pottery and garden ornaments ($59+) will find plenty of potential replacements for a wandering garden yeti, and urban dwellers delight in the selection of indoor plants and pottery ($15+), any of which can be potted on-site by the nature-nurturing staff.