At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.
Magnolia Lighting's stockade illuminates living quarters with sundry lighting fixtures and home accents. Guests can peruse the expansive showroom rife with crystal chandeliers, lavish candelabras, and teardrop lights artfully suspended from the ceiling. Decorative accessories such as Light Charms magnetic crystals ($42) spruce up chandeliers and a variety of outdoor lighting options shed light on patios and walkways. Patrons can curl up with a book or ancient Greek tablet by the flame of a Lafco candle ($55)—lauded as one of Oprah's “Favorite Things”—and decorative mirrors ($89 for a 44"x32" model) spruce up empty walls and fool gullible eyes into thinking rooms are larger than they actually are.
With fresh, top-quality flowers, the staffers at Dorothy K’s Florist expertly arrange beautiful blooms and other gifts for all occasions. Make Mom’s May day with the Bellissimo, a charming clutch of pastel roses and white-cushion pompons ($41.99), or the Simple Perfection, a burst of stargazer lilies accented by pale pink roses ($44.99). The Your Day bouquet of white roses, sunny Asiatic lilies, and golden carnations conveys congratulations to a college or school-of-fish graduate ($50.99). Gift givers can also dodge moving duty by presenting a new homeowner a perennial plant ($40.99+), or pick up a gourmet basket to extend eternal gratitude for the fruits of labor ($42.99+). As an FTD florist, Dorothy K's backs deliveries with a satisfaction guarantee.
More than a decade ago, Harrell Spencer landed a job with a carpet-cleaning company. He enjoyed his work so much that he eventually bought the business and dubbed it Ultimate Carpet Cleaning. A resident of Memphis for 34 years, Harrell keeps his good name in the community by quoting honest prices and backing his work with a satisfaction guarantee. After a light preconditioner, he extracts carpet stains with deep-steam-cleaning techniques and eliminates odor-causing bacteria with live enzymes. In addition to purging rugs, Harrell scrubs ceramic tiles by hand and dries them with high-pressure heat to extract grease and grime. Once they’re clean, he can seal the grout to give them a glossy finish that repels dirt so well you can't even write dirty language on it. In the event of an emergency, Harrell springs into action both day and night to help repair water damage.
Candy Bouquet crafts boxes bursting with colorful arrangements of exclusive chocolate and hard candies to give as gifts for any occasion, from overcoming an illness to celebrating an anniversary. A red-rose bouquet swaps traditional roses for chocolate flowers, and the Happy Birthday bouquet delights the eye. Candy Bouquet's themed treats are designed specifically for each customer and packed into colorful designer containers made from recycled materials. The company's commitment to green business practices is reflected in other ways, too, such as its work with a rainforest preservation group to save land in Brazil.