Using his own two hands, Bryan Fulop has customized more than 1,000 closets. His decade of experience gives Bryan a practiced eye for efficient design. He knows how to maximize a space’s utility while also creating spaces for different categories of items, which makes it easy to find just the belt or mountain of soy-sauce packets you’re looking for. In addition to making over bedroom storage spaces, My Custom Closet tackles cluttered garages and laundry rooms, installing cabinetry and shelves to hold cleaning supplies or sports equipment. If a closet owner isn’t happy with an organization feature, Bryan drops by to fix or replace it, fulfilling his 100% customer-satisfaction guarantee.
Robert Gardner grew up in the world of gardening. At the age of 13, he started helping work the fields and sell plants at his family's nursery, becoming the fourth generation of his family to go into the business. Decades later—now at the helm of the family business—Mr. Gardner purchased a property in Chester Springs and created Gardner's Landscape Nursery. Here, he oversees the growing of 100,000 annuals and perennials each year and the stock of home decor and patio furniture that is made in America.
Mr. Gardner and his staff also help patrons design custom outdoor environments, selecting plants, trees, and shrubs that beam with fall colors or thrive in specific conditions. Alternatively, patrons can explore on their own, browsing a glass house with plants and flowers or a 19th-century barn, which houses outdoor furnishings and the ghosts of garden gnomes.
Daniel's Lawn & Garden captures the verdant beauty of the outdoors within its sprawling landscape, nursery, and garden center. Inside this indoor arcadia, staffers walk customers through the benefits of installing pools and spas complete with offers of free estimates and squirt-gun fights with different grades of water. An outdoor nursery brims with color and greenery during the warmer months, overflowing with fresh flowers, trees, and vegetables ready to be seeded or transplanted. Since some consider the barbecue grill to be the crowning jewel in a perfect yard, the shop also fills floor space with Bull grills and outdoor kitchen accessories.
Two things helped New Concepts Med Spa to earn the title of CityVoter’s 2012 Best Medical Spa: technological prowess and a peaceful spa atmosphere. The spa's status as a state-of-the-art beauty center is unquestionable, since its equipment includes everything from a medical-grade microdermabrasion machine to a laser skin-rejuvenation system. But the surprising thing is how homey the clinic is. At this new location, visitors enter to see decorative lamps and throw pillows napping on upholstered chairs. Once outfitted in a downy robe, guests can make their way to private treatment rooms complete with sheer curtains and a deep-purple-and-blue color scheme. It's here that spa professionals assuage muscles with massages or revitalize complexions with facials as soothing music plays and firecrackers don't go off.
At Plow Farms, families stroll through a sea of 6-foot–8-foot douglas firs in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Board a sleigh-bell-bedecked hayride that bobs and weaves along paths like a scarecrow playing basketball before reaching a field of potential present shelters. Customers may use a proffered saw to separate tree from earth, or cry "timber" from a safe distance by giving the job to onsite workers. Upon returning to Plow Farms' hub, speedy slicers can refuel with a complimentary bag of popcorn and purchase hot chocolate before perusing trinkets such as holiday-themed penguin statues ($17) and sterling-silver earrings ($22) in the farm's old-barn-bound gift shop. Santa is available for pictures on the weekends, providing an open-air venue for claustrophobic wish lists.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.