Ken's Flowers, a top-ranked Teleflora and FTD merchant, brims with an ambrosial array of bouquets, flanked by scented candles, fine wines, and a bevy of edible delights. A sun-drenched potted chrysanthemum beams photosynthetic love rays ($19.95), and delicate stargazer lilies nestle ethereally in a crystalline vase ($25). A dozen roses present an ideal means of identifying oneself to blind dates and showcasing powerful 12-rose-gripping jaw power ($25). The shop's blossom artists sculpt European-style, contemporary, and traditional bouquets, as well as dried and silk arrangements.
Samsen Furniture has been serving up home furnishings for more than 50 years. Their Genoa showroom exceeds 45,000 square feet and contains more friendly faces than a Lisa Frank sticker set. Throughout the store, shoppers will encounter top furniture brands such as Thomasville, Smith Brothers of Berne, and Flexsteel, to name a few. Bring light to a dim space that purportedly got plenty of western exposure with an assortment of table lamps (starting at $99), or relax in darkness within the comfy confines of a La-Z-Boy Anderson recliner ($299). Stack numerous Exton Square rectangular cocktail tables ($179 each) to create a real-life game of Tetris, which can be used to entrap and hide a floor lamp with oak table ($299). The store's design department is full to burst with home accessories, such as wallpaper, carpeting, lamps, pictures, and window treatments.
Fronted by head trainer and grand prix rider Erika Heintschel Githens, River Hollow Farm's experienced trainers teach riders age five years and older to groom and guide horses in the traditional English style. Each 45- to 60-minute lesson begins as riders learn the basics of tacking their four-legged transporters, dressing them in bridles, saddles, and halters, and using basic grooming techniques such as brushing their coats and flossing their teeth. Once dressed, students then learn to control their domesticated mustangs and ponies while settled in a shallow English–style saddle––a shallow, un-horned style that allows equestrians more movement when jumping hurdles. Because the style demands more contact between horse and rider, English riding promotes a deeper student-steed bond as they sync their bodily movements and giggle about their communal crush on Lyle Lovett. Jockeys-in-training are advised to don long pants and riding boots or hard-soled shoes with at least a 1-inch heel.
Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio began as a plumbing-fixture showroom in 1976 and has since expanded its collection to feature unique pieces including glass vessels, European designs, and stainless-steel furnishings from brands including Barclay and Victoria + Albert. Waterhouse’s products reflect a commitment to sustainability with hands-free faucets and lite toilets with 1-gallon flush options that can save up to 3,200 gallons of water per year. The showroom aims to create an immersive experience for customers by setting up model kitchens to demonstrate how a selection of showerheads or faucets will work in homes and doghouses.
A battalion of mountain, road, and kids bikes flanks the walls of Spoke Life Cycles. These cycles, from brands such as Specialized, Schwinn, and GT, help transport riders during trips of all kinds from casual errands to quests for the Holy Grail. The store also stocks bike tools and accessories including cycling computers, panniers, and lights that aim to keep journeys smooth and safe. In addition, the store’s techs provide three different tune-ups, that range from a basic adjustment of brakes and shifters to a complete cleaning and re-building of the whole machine.