Since 1972, Exotic Plants has encouraged locals to improve their interior air and go green with potted plants. The business stocks a range of low-maintenance plants that thrive indoors, including palms, succulents, cacti, and evergreen chia heads. Since other plants, such as orchids and bonsais, can require a bit more effort, the store holds plant-care workshops and even makes house and office calls to keep plants well maintained. The staff helps indecisive owners select plants during design consultations, and the store offers a selection of plants and blooms for short-term event rental. As Exotic Plants also carries bright pots and natural fertilizer made with Icelandic sea kelp, customers can grab everything they need to help their leafy, spiky, and persnickety friends flourish.
First known as the Rochester Royals, the Sacramento Kings' lineage dates back to the NBA's first seasons in the 1940s. They claimed the league title in 1951 and have made more than two dozen postseason appearances since, including a stretch from 1999 to 2006 in which they reached the playoffs every year. As a franchise, the Kings had several homes until the '85–'86 season, when they finally moved from Kansas City to Sacramento after years of slipping all over the court in their wet snow boots.
Home to a vast inventory of beautifully crafted earthenware, Panama Pottery provides vessel-seeking visitors with a stunning spectrum of handmade local treasures and glazed, technicolored imports. Peruse the historic studio space and score an 18-inch terra-cotta fluted leg bowl ($21), sculpted by hand on the premises. Or, save yourself a plane trip and snatch up an authentic and colorful Chinese drip pot ($60 for 20”x16”), perfect for containing falling water, plants, or a smaller Chinese drip pot ($10 for 8”x9”). Today’s Groupon can also be applied to a clay or mosaic class, where artists of all abilities can learn under one of Panama’s ceramic specialists. Guests who score today’s deal will also receive a complimentary bag of potting soil, which allows plants to grow better than encasing them in amber.
Furniture USA's warehouse of home furnishings and décor hosts myriad chairs, beds, sofas, and other living essentials in a variety of styles and finishes. Queen-size bedding sets ($89.94–$289.94) envelope mattresses in a variety of patterns and cozy fabrics, from ornate, baroque floral patterns to bold modern prints of Mark McGwire's face. Spruce up living spaces with an Abbey vintage sofa ($369.94)—sporting an embellished fabric upholstery—or an ornate Beaumont saddle rug ($119.94). A selection of chairs, lamps, and side tables helps populate empty rooms or create impromptu obstacle courses.
For more than 100 years, Emigh Ace Hardware has been equipping households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Helpful employees, some with more than 20 years of experience, can point shoppers toward the proper tools, while a koi pond and complimentary balloons and popcorn for kids add color and flavor beyond the usual hardware-store milieu. Customers may peruse popular name-brand paints like Clark + Kensington's paint and primer in one ($26-$36) or Benjamin Moore ($33.99+). Homeowners can invest in a Craftsman wrench set ($19.99) or scare away infiltrating ivy tendrils with a 30-inch leaf rake ($11.99). Air filters in assorted sizes ($4.49+) banish dust before future breaths, just as A-Maz Water Stain Remover ($7.99) eliminates mineral deposits, while the fall mums—like a jack-o'-lantern covered in fireworks—can keep gardens bright as they transition to the coming season ($1.99 for 4” flowers).
Gatherings boasts a handpicked cornucopia of holiday décor and everyday wonderments for parties, birthdays, and unsolicited gift giving. Delicate La Lavande soaps ($4.50 each) ruthlessly compete to make hands smell like lilac, violet, coconut and pineapple, lemon verbena, or almond flower. A set of four Patience Brewster–designed flowered votive candles ($28) or Luminary’s scented soy tumbler candles ($22) brighten summer table settings and light up late-night backyard parties. Lori Mitchell's whimsical Uncle Doodle Dandy figurine ($36) does honor to the Fourth of July, Uncle's Day, and Top-hat-oween. Trumpette baby socks ($4.50/pair or $26.50/box of six pairs) mimic mary janes and high-tops in a wide spectrum of baby-accenting colors. Cake-inspired birthday crowns ($38) for kings and queens spicy up birthday festivities and grant wearers the ability to bypass primogeniture and single-handedly enact laws governing farmland usage.