For more than 40 years, the family of experienced bouquet designers at J. Miller Flowers and Gifts has trussed blushing blossoms into works of botanical art. The store's hand-arranged, dew-fresh cut-flower arrangements nestle up against blooming and green plants, imported vases, chocolates, and gardening gnomes for hire waiting along the back wall. Pick up the bestselling How Sweet It Is bouquet, ablaze with fiery orange roses and hot-pink carnations ($34.95 standard), or cheer up a lonely table with the Be Happy arrangement, nodding with yellow roses and gregarious daisies in a happy-face mug ($35 standard). Nature-loving bouquets, such as the live-plant Violets and Butterflies basket ($32.95), provide perennial smiles, and the minimalist-chic of the Zen Artistry orchid arrangement ($42.95 standard) packs maximum beauty into one simple setting. For thoughtful reparations that say "Sorry I sold your cat online" better than words ever could, try the red roses in the Always On My Mind bouquet ($57.95 standard).
Operating for more than a decade, Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch both hosts Halloween outings and brings autumnal revelry to you. The expansive pumpkin patch and halloween store sell 15 types of pumpkins, as well as fall essentials such as gourds, masks, spider webs, and multicolored Indian corn. A harrowing haunted house tests visitors’ adrenal glands with dark corners, spooky sounds, and a befuddling maze. In addition to supplying frights, the staff also constructs pumpkin patches off site, redecorating homes and offices with pumpkins, straw bales, and house-trained scarecrows.
Broadway Terrace Nursery shelters a large collection of colorful flora for green-thumbed fauna to decorate their homes and gardens. Trees, houseplants, vegetables, and succulents line this blossoming boutique alongside a variety of orchids ($19.99–$49.99) such as the oncidium orchid ($49.99), a species known for its long, graceful stem and deep baritone singing voice. With many indoor and outdoor specimens hand-selected weekly from growers in Half Moon Bay, prices and selection change often, but recent examples of inventory include bright 4-inch perennials ($4.99) and sturdy 5-gallon shrubs ($29.99–$39.99). Gardening accessories allow harvesters to appease hungry greenery with a bag of organic fertilizer, trim petals for school pictures with Felco pruning shears ($19.99), or keep insect populations at bay with pest controls.
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Housed in a historical turn-of-the-century storefront, Home 101’s airy shop is brimming with carefully curated vintage items and eclectic gifts. In the penthouse portion of a weathered wooden cabinet, a flock of Stonehouse olive oils and vinegars ($14–$24) preens in preparation for its yearly migration to local kitchens, and a bevy of June Taylor preserves and syrups ($12–$18) sits patiently on the floor below. At the same time on a nearby table, a menagerie of Soap and Paper Factory hand creams, candles, perfume solids and soaps ($8–$28) struts brightly patterned packaging plumage in a futile attempt to impress the stony faces of David Dexter’s pastel-colored wood-panel portraits ($16–$24).