The idea, really, is genius: edible fruits, chocolates and other snacks, tastefully arranged as bouquets, to be given out to coworkers, ordered for friends or handed to a special loved one. The Roxborough outpost of this national chain seeks to pair up customers with the arrangement of their dreams, often going well beyond the usual anniversaries and milestones to reach for a more personalized finish. Funkier options might include balloons and a stuffed bear; squeal-worthy pineapple cutouts of the wide-eyed Hello Kitty; or apple Fruit Truffles: Granny Smith apple pieces dipped in semisweet chocolate and dripped with toppings like cinnamon chocolate or white drizzle. Call ahead to choose your arrangement and have it delivered, or swing by the small shop to pick something up before any big occasion.
Laurel Hill Gardens helps green thumbs and greensleeves alike welcome the season of rebirth and taxes with an array of flora and gardening supplies. Transform your front yard into a parade of petals with spring annuals such as pansies and primroses, as well as flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils ($3.99+). You can also get a head start on the harvest with lettuce ($3.99), populate your kitchen with culinary herbs ($3.99), or accent your backyard with a colorful Japanese maple tree ($95+). Laurel Hill Gardens sells pottery, garden statuary, and window boxes for all budgets, along with birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird youth hostels ($19.99+). Green gossip hounds looking to dig up dirt, meanwhile, can find organic seeds ($2.99) for veggies, herbs, and flowers and a full line of organic gardening supplies.
Since 1948, Roxborough residents have been heading to Stanley’s Hardware for their household needs, or the perfect DIY solution to a small, nagging apartment problem. The impressively stocked store moved to Ridge Avenue in 1961, and has been supplying the neighborhood with nails, screws, fixtures, fittings, tape and everything in between for more than a generation since. After a much-needed expansion, Stanley’s now runs out of a bright, welcoming, even more thoroughly stocked building on the same lot, where the dedicated team working inside sells an array of indoor and outdoor plants, consult on paint options and rent a range of equipment for bigger jobs. It’s nice to know that there’s still a corner hardware store to pick through for the perfect solution; even if you need a jackhammer, some patio furniture or some party supplies.
A cute and eclectic gift boutique on Main Street in Manayunk, The Little Apple stocks new, vintage and repurposed cards, jewelry and housewares that can’t be found anywhere else. Screen printed tote bags are in the company of artistic special-occasion cards, inspiring books, candles and oil diffusers with the scent of Aloha Ochis, small glass vases, lotions and perfumes with exotic aromas such as gin and rosewater. Vintage trays and chests of drawers serve as display cases for most of the merchandise, bicycle-themed glassware fills one bookshelf and a small velvet-lined case holds jewelry made by local artisans. Quirky gifts for infants and pets inhabit the back room.
Jardin Medical Spa springs several spa services on Philadelphia's faces, but only two have been set aside for Groupon users. The chemical peel efficiently and effectively treats skin that's been damaged by the harsh winter sun, unevenly pigmented, unfairly wrinkled, or unwisely replaced with a hologram. The spa's sugarcane-based glycolic peel improves texture and tone, adding a healthier look to faces while helping reduce future aging agitators such as age spots or faded pigmentation. At 15 minutes, the chemical peel is also one of the fastest cosmetic procedures available, topped only by a goblet of vitriol tossed in the face by a spiteful Victorian mistress.