Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
Instead of suppressing our dirt-dwelling flowery underlings, Grassi's has empowered them for more than 30 years through beautiful floral arrangements customizable to customers' wishes. Grassi's green thumbs offer floral arrangements in traditional, European, French country garden, and Oriental styles. Although this Groupon is good for in-store purchases only, you can take a look online at what Grassi's offers, including its seasonal bouquet of orange spray roses and a bright gerbera daisy with freesia and eucalyptus ($44). For a super-late (or super-early) Valentine's Day gift, opt for two dozen roses ($144.95). If you love oranges but hate that they're never available in flower form, choose the Citrus Sensation bouquet ($79.95) to quench your thirst for sweet-scented aromas. A bevy of other buds and blossoms are available at both Grassi's locations, so stop in for an eyeful of the efflorescence on display.