One of the largest nurseries in northwest Florida, Floral Tree Gardens surrounds its customers with a land-grown sea of lush foliage and vibrant blooms. Row upon row of the outdoor gardens are painted with yellow daisies and purple cornflowers, and loquat and avocado trees cast shadows over shoppers. Plant purchases may be complemented with garden accents such as clay pots and metal butterflies, which, unlike their living counterparts, follow orders to sit and stay. Floral Tree Gardens' stock changes with the seasons; its facility brims with pumpkins in the fall and poinsettias in the winter. It also stocks fauna at an onsite pond, where visitors can fish for bass or pygmy submarines.
Children at a birthday party with Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters might get to meet Jimmy, Jack, or Jill—but despite their deceptively human names, these guests are actually exotic animals. A naturalist and wildlife educator with a background in zoo-animal technology, Nonie encourages kids touch and sometimes hold live animals such as snakes, toads, chinchillas, and sugar gliders during hands-on interactive and educational presentations. Nonie has adopted and cared for each of these creatures, many of which were formerly unwanted pets. At some parties, Nonie also leads children in animal role-playing games like eating dirt cake and worms and doles out goodies such as safari helmets and outdoor toys.
Licensed massage therapist Daisy Sharon brings more than a decade of massage experience to her practice at Studio 7 Salon. Her specialties are Swedish and relaxation massage, soothing stressed muscles and lulling clients into tranquility.
At times, it seems as if the experts at Sparkle Window Cleaning transform solid walls into transparent portals to the outdoors, but that’s only an illusion. For more than 15 years, the professionals have banished the grime that builds up on glass surfaces, thereby restoring natural light to kitchens, bedrooms, and basement dungeons. The locally owned and operated business’s licensed workers can also blast grime away from homes’ exteriors with pressure washing and clean out gutters overflowing with fallen leaves, twigs, and deflated clouds.
Pristine Maids’ licensed, insured, bonded, and trained cleaners sport their uniforms and slide on their yellow gloves for nearly any cleaning job. With a commitment to providing affordable services, they dust warehouses during commercial cleanings, scrub baseboards during move-in and move-out jobs, and retune party horns during pre- and post-party scrubbings. General housecleaning services leave a shimmering effect in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Cleaners can also concentrate their sanitizing on a particular item, such as the carpet, a mattress, or exterior siding, which they blast with a pressure washer.
Cooke's Carpet Cleaning Service cleaned its first dirty floor more than 30 years ago. Since then, its professionally trained techs have steam cleaned the carpets, pressure washed the exteriors, and maintained the air ducts of thousands of homes. With a resumè that long, one might think that owner Anthony Cooke would have hung up his cleaning supplies long ago. But he still tags along and does work on every job. He also believes in completing each job to its fullest. Without charging any extra fees, Mr. Cooke and his techs dispense enzymes for when pets leave odors and optic brighteners for when pets spill their morning coffee.