Blossom Nurseries owner Brady Cullen has a history with plants and flowers that looks good on paper. He served as the head of sales for ML Garden Corporation, after which he earned a degree in horticulture and landscape design from Cornell University. But the vibrant blooms and greenery that Cullen and his team cultivate are more visually impressive than any résumé. Using environmentally friendly growing methods, they transform sparse lawns into lush, aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces. Customers can also find bagged soils, mulches, and other gardening supplies at the company's Yorktown Heights shop.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
The florists at Flowers By David Anthony craft bouquets and arrangements for every occasion. They assemble posies into pots intended just to bring a smile to someone's face. They weave together roses, lilies, carnations, and chysanthemums into a basket exploding with golden petals, a particular favorite of well-wishers. They also might present gerberas to welcome newborns into the world, roses to express timeless love, and birds of paradise to make birds of suburban Vancouver jealous.
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.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
Wine Enthusiast Companies is a prominent multi-channel marketer of a growing line of products that satisfy, inform, enrich, entertain and inspire. Founded in 1979, Wine Enthusiast Companies is the world’s number one source for wine accessories, storage, information, education, and events.