Home & Garden in Portage

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Locey Swim & Spa's knowledgeable staff members help people keep their paddling puddles clean and ready for activity with a wide array of chemicals and accessories. Dissolve Durachlor granular chlorine ($89 for 20 lbs.) in pools to keep aqua clean and clear, or sic Locey Swim & Spa's own nonchlorine Clear & Swim oxidizer ($79 for 12 lbs.) on feral packs of bacteria, contaminants, and algae. Locey's selection of water games and toys includes Aquaria pool floats ($89) and jumbo noodles ($11), which keep bodies buoyant in belly-flop-induced squalls. The aquatic authorities at Locey Swim & Spa will also hand-test water for free and craft a custom chemical routine to keep water as clear as an eloquent jellyfish.

6655 Lovers Ln
Portage,
MI
US

Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area—some indoor and some outdoor—takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96–100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom—never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.

4600 W Kl Ave
Kalamazoo,
MI
US

Gull Lake Landscape Co. furnishes floral collections with a wide selection of greenery and garden accessories. Beautify gardenscapes with the bursts of floral color afforded by blooming perennials, including daylily, phlox, and coreopsis ($7.50 each), or opt for a hefty 3-gallon shrubbery, such as limelight hydrangea ($32.50), to fill a mulchy void or obscure permanent garden gnomes. A selection of 25-gallon trees, including serviceberries, maples, oaks, and redbuds ($199), stand patiently awaiting the chance to spread their branches. Gull Lake’s staff of friendly, avid gardeners are always on-hand to help each green-thumb choose the ideal plants for their at-home or underground-lair botanic displays.

9868 M 89
Richland,
MI
US

Couched in newly expanded quarters, People’s Food Co-op's cooks draw on a community-minded business model and sate customers’ hunger with a toothsome array of nutritionally sound fare. Locally grown and organic foods shine in a cornucopia of house-made deli concoctions, including a fresh bulk-food bar heavily laden with hot stews, cold salads, and just-right porridges ($7.99/lb). Slabs of corn-polenta torta ($2.16 each) swaddle herb-kissed bundles of kale, red pepper, and feta cheese. A gallery of pre-wrapped options showcases stratified edibles such as breakfast burritos, vegan tempeh Reubens, and reams of roasted veggies sandwiched in Zingerman’s bread ($4.68–$12.99). Tubs of roasted-red-pepper and garlicky raw hummus lend creamy aplomb to al fresco outings on the shop's patio (up to $9.99 each), and nut-studded muffins ($3–$5) and diminutive rounds of raw cashew cheesecake ($3.99) fuel mobile-eating competitions.

507 Harrison St
Kalamazoo,
MI
US

Slumber expert Roger Wardell staffs each of his Sleep Doctor Mattress Stores with knowledgeable employees who help to match shoppers with surfaces that complement their dozing styles. A full-size basic firm mattress by American Pedic ($219) supports stomach sleepers with memory foam, and Serta's twin-size Dura Pillowsoft ($499) cuddles tired muscles with inner springs and a 6-foot spoon.

5747 S Westnedge Ave
Portage,
MI
US

Since 1965, the flower fans behind Country View Showplace have been amicably guiding Kalamazoo residents toward brighter home gardens. Stuffed with vibrant plants in multifarious hues, the tranquil greenhouse invites patrons to peruse botanical specimens at their leisure or call out alternate names for consistently sweet-smelling rosebushes ($17.99). Country View’s signature floral arrangements, 12-inch hanging Superbaskets, dangle invitingly at eye level ($18.99–$21.99). Baskets bursting with blossoms such as lobelia and wave petunias can act as an excellent aerial buffet for bees, hummingbirds, and full-moon-triggered werebees ($18.99). Annual flats, replete with blossoms from petite impatiens to clusters of ageratum, gussy up garden beds and window boxes with their colorful personalities ($10.99 for 36). Cultivate a home harvest with vegetable annuals such as tomatoes or peppers ($1.99 for tray of six, $0.99 for tray of three), or spruce up homemade cuisine by nurturing herbs such as sage and basil ($2.49).

8778 E H Ave
Kalamazoo,
MI
US