Constructed on the site of an abandoned gas station, The Urban Gardener flourishes year-round with inflorescence and an expansive selection items for gardens, porches, and patios. A sprawling oasis of annuals ($17/flat, $4–$8 for small pots), bamboo (starting at $30), shrubs (starting at $10), trees (starting at $50), and more than 300 types of perennials ($3–$30) cascade throughout the shop, providing the ideal environment for garden cultivation and ghillie-suit testing.
Pure Image Salon & Spa is a full-service double-decker bulwark of beauty brimming with rejuvenating potential. Extract agitated emotions and iron out aches with an hour-long hot-stone massage, reducing tension and releasing knots. The heated basalt stones are intricately arranged into stress soothing shapes on the body, mostly in the form of animal crackers, drawing stress from the muscles with hot, hot heat. For forlorn faces, the hot-stone facial uses the same principles, same smooth, heated basalt stones, and same magical incantations on pressure points along the face and neck. The warmth and weight unburden stressed facial muscles and loosen necks, balancing the body and clearing the mind. During the visit, patrons are plied with complimentary refreshments to quell their innards' jealousy of all the outward attention.
Affordable Lawncare's staff members take a two-pronged approach to landscaping. They improve surface appearance by mowing grass, removing weeds, and tending to trees and shrubs, and they also initiate change from underground. For example, they aerate soil to promote hearty root growth and plant seasonal foliage such as rye, fescue, and blue grasses. Fertilization treatments encourage the birth of lush greenery and adorable baby earthworms.
Sometimes, a greener world is hard to visualize. For the technicians at Green Thumb Lawn Care, though, it’s as easy as the click of a shutter. Before each project, the lawn-care professionals snap photos of the homeowner’s property and create 3-D images of what the yard would look like after their landscapers finish the job. They also help beautify and maintain customers' current views by trimming hedges, mowing grass, fertilizing lawns, and installing new stone walkways over backyard lava pits.
The Gidas family has owned and operated its flower shop for more than 90 years and four generations. It's safe to say they know flowers: how to arrange them, how to keep them fresh, which blossoms are best for a given occasion, and the specific bud that contains a long-suffering fairy with no magical abilities of which to speak. The shop provides daily arrangements and deliveries to Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs. For $40, buy a loved one a glass bowl of multi-colored roses, a spray of pink, yellow, and peach blooms that symbolize gratitude, friendship, and affection. For $45, get a zen arrangement of purple dendrobium orchids sure to calm even the most throb-veined of screaming military generals. A variety of fruit baskets are also available ($35–$100), supplying customers so many bananas, chocolates, and tea-cakes that the intended recipient will forego celebrating his or her birthday to sit in a dark closet and relentlessly snack.
The Reilly family has put good use to their beautiful, 82-acre parcel of land, where Reilly's Summer Seat Farm and Garden Center welcomes greenhorns, green-thumbs, families, children, and everyone in between. At the garden center, wander through greenhouses or imagine the broad selection of annuals or perennials in your own yard. The farm, on the other hand, is home to picturesque rolling hills, woods, berry picking, and a host of kid-friendly autumnal festivals beginning at the close of September.