The founder of 48LongStems began his flower business on Valentine's Day of 2001 by selling more than 1,000 roses to passersby on a street curb in West Palm Beach, Florida. Motivated by the idea of surprising loved ones with a charmingly overwhelming boatload of flowers, he started a website where customers could send 100, 200, or even 400 roses to their special someone or favorite parade float builder. In addition to bouquets, the site delivers bonsai plants and gift boxes full of spa goods and sweet treats.
For more than 18 years, Tiny Tim's Moving & Trucking has been ferrying possessions from location to location in a safe and speedy manner. The expert handypersons hoist heavy and delicate items in their eponymous trucks, nimbly moving antiques and pianos with a gentle touch and hauling off bulk garbage to a great compactor in the sky. They also handle such domestic tasks as housecleaning and furniture assembly.
As detailed in the Portland Press Herald, Arcana Acupuncture, a holistic healing center and boutique, soothes the soul with something as complex as alternative medicine and spiritual workshops or as simple as sparkly original jewelry. The spacious lobby's green accent wall, exposed brick, and babbling fountain establish a bohemian yet modern atmosphere that continues beyond the gold curtains to private, soundproof treatment rooms that allow guests to retreat from the everyday with acupuncture, massages, and life-coaching sessions. After a workshop in aura hygiene and a tarot-card reading that reveals an impending decrease in fortune, guests peruse the boutique. Owner Kate Hebold handpicks its items, which include zodiac pocket watches, light-up steampunk cog rings, local crafts, and books.
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Hub Furniture has been family-owned for a century, carefully curating its selection of quality bedroom, living-room, and kitchen furniture. Today, its five-story, 50,000-square-foot warehouse abounds with home furniture from top name brands like Ashley Furniture, Best Chairs, and Pacific Coast Lighting. An experienced sales staff bustles about the store, helping shoppers pick out an ideal mattress or a leather sofa that best matches a personal design style and comes with complimentary loose change.
Located in downtown in the historic Old Port, Lovely Things fills its late 18th-century building with an eclectic mix of new and vintage items. Scented gems such as soaps in grapefruit or vanilla-orange ($12 each) tantalize noses while taunting mouths. Painted in a variety of chromatic possibilities, Ringlet Cafe cups perfect any retro drinker's breakfast nook ($5.99 each). Truly vintage items, such as a porcelain ballerina lamp ($39.99) or an oil painting of an oriole ($48) can add time-tested flair to ordinary rooms, propelling them into chic nirvana. Cute character tote bags stuff themselves with as many items as possible in a bid to win the title of World's Fattest Animal-Shaped Bag ($14).