Ken Cappelletty and Fred Moor, the men who man Ken’s Flower Shops, didn’t grow up dreaming about buds and stems. Raised by a local policeman, Ken likely spent more time playing cops and robbers than sniffing the neighbor’s rosebushes. It wasn’t until he helmed the cash register at a neighborhood florist in L.A. that he discovered his knack for design. Here, he started to see flowers as more than just plants, viewing them as art supplies that happen to smell nice. When Ken returned to Ohio, his parents helped him launch a small shop that arranged blooms in the morning and delivered them in the afternoon. Two years later, in 1967, his friend Fred took some of the reins, helping him grow the business into three local stores affiliated with FTD and Teleflora. From this labor of love, a legacy began to take root. At each shop, seasoned designers incorporate customers’ requests into birthday bouquets, wedding corsages, and gift baskets filled with wine, house-baked cookies, and stuffed toys cute enough to melt hearts and plush enough to sop up the mess. Their talent and creativity takes center stage as well, whether they’re filling vases with orchids, crafting wreaths from roses, or building bouquets from singing balloons. To this day, Fred often answers the phones, discerning customers’ style preferences from friendly chats rather than pilfered diary pages. To make giving easy as getting, the shop’s wares can be delivered locally or internationally, seven days a week.
Meig’s selection of on-trend clothes and accessories suits women of all ages who cultivate a young, carefree, modern-bohemian aesthetic. The store’s racks turn over frequently to reflect seasonal changes, but shoppers might find Wooden Ships knitted ruanas in bone white and emerald green, or breezy tie-dyed and print dresses from Gypsy 05. Designer denim by DL1961 flaunts daring prints that were featured in Vogue, and the store’s in-house cashmere line blends classic silhouettes with luxurious textures. The store’s selection of accessories sparkles and shines from inside vintage display cases or the nests of squatting magpies. Light-hearted accessories from Ornamental Things boast details such as gilded feathers and lightning bolts. Many of the accessories are culled from the staff’s international travels, such as fragrances from a small beachside perfumery in Mexico.
At Samsen Furniture Outlet, staffers guide clients through the oversized storefront, where they encounter discounted designer furniture from brands such as Klaussner, Best, and Steve Silver. Their selection includes ottomans, wall accents, lamps, and sofas, yielding a furnishing collection as unabridged as a 500-page manual on making toast.
The footwear specialists at New Balance Toledo measure every aspect of customers’ show fillers to determine the most comfortable footwear with form-fitting levels of support and motion. After taking measurements and lifestyles into account, the team recommends shoe models to help foot digits feel like plants in a sun chamber, blossoming under the possibilities of versatile new styles. Mens’ 860 running shoes ($109.99) and women’s 812 walking shoes ($104.99) offer additional shock absorption to prevent injury and enhance comfort. Boys’ and girls’ 880 running shoes ($54.99) provide young runners with durable outsoles and offer stretch-lace closures to keep knots far away from joining sailor school. With a commitment to domestic manufacturing, New Balance produces 25% of its footwear in five New England factories.
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.