The gardening gurus at Cottage Gardens of Petaluma grow all of the plants that they sell onsite, including the year-round vegetable garden and annuals. That means they can not only vouch for each plant’s health and acclimation to the area’s climate, but they are happy to advise budding gardeners on how to properly care for each plant. They can point shoppers toward bee-friendly perennials, for instance, or help them choose brassica veggies for an autumn harvest. Cottage Gardens of Petaluma also carries dozens of succulents, from the leafy crassula variety to a sturdy aloe plant.
In addition to plants, the nursery stocks a variety of soil fortifiers, such as nutrients and hardhats for earthworms. It also empowers green thumbs to beautify gardens with accessories including sculptures, terra-cotta planters, and baskets. Guests are also welcome to peruse the grounds to simply enjoy the beauty.
Lee Simon spent his childhood hanging out in his father's pool hall. Not much has changed since then. Today he can be found at Buffalo Billiards, the Simon family's seventh pool hall. Located in a historic brick building from 1860, Buffalo Billiards is an homage to all things pool?a museum as much as it is a pool hall and pro shop. But first and foremost, it's a place to play?and that's not hard with pool tables, professional-sized shuffleboard, ping-pong, and pinball machines all vying for attention. Though dartboard line the walls, pool's the marquee sport, and players of all skill levels can be found racking, breaking, and hula-hooping with the triangular rack.
Simon's passion for antique tables is evident throughout, with restored and refurbished equipment on display as well as brand new, American-made tables and accessories for sale. Buffalo Billiards hosts leagues and tournaments as well as open play, and Simon offers myriad services such as pool table restoration and refurbishing. Players can also sharpen their skills with lessons from Billy "The Kid" Aguero, Buffalo Billiards' in-house instructor. Letting players extend their afternoons at the pool hall, Buffalo Billiards also features a bar with craft draft beers and hot food.
The knowledgeable crew at Petaluma Paint & Color Service helps clients colorize surfaces with a vast cache of top-quality paints, stains, and finishes in a full spectrum of colors. Patrons can proffer furniture, décor items, or their neighbors’ lawn flamingos to the expert staffers, who then employ their astute eyes to recommend complementary paint palettes. The team draws from a huge collection of professional-level supplies by brands such as Devoe and Glidden.
Licensed cosmetologist Michele Flannery has transformed more heads than she can count over the last 35 years. Her vast experience has vaulted her to the level of master colorist, both on manes and in coloring books. During her tenure in the beauty industry, she has spread her wealth of knowledge as a national educator and platform artist for such companies as Mastey de Paris and IT&LY Hairfashion.