In power since the 1970s, McCoard's family-owned garden center provides photosynthesis enthusiasts with locally grown plants and garden accessories straight from the grower. Visitors can weave their way under the hanging basket line and choose a flower basket from more than 900 blossomy possibilities ($26.99), accent their garden with ornamental grasses ($4.99), stock up on tasty vegetables ($1.89), or augment spice racks with an array of herbs ($2.99).
The DIY doyens at Jones Paint & Glass stock the store with an impressive array of wall hues and wood finishes to quench thirsty brushes and spruce up surfaces. Home-improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or covering up graffiti left by a rebellious house cat, move forward with ease when homeowners wield a bucket of Ralph Lauren paint (around $45/gal.). Hawked in the New World since 1754, Devoe Regency paint (around $40/gallon) proffers a spectrum of interior and exterior tones, and Sikkens wood finish (around $43–$65/gal.) makes doors, baseboards, or peg legs gleam with a glossy, high-quality sheen.
Minky Couture swaddles patrons in warm, velvety blankets hand-stitched from a plush combination of minky fabric and satin. Compile a custom coverlet from more than 12 solid and 48 patterned minky fabrics in prints ranging from green argyle to detailed grocery lists, each securely fastened with one of 27 silky border ruffles. A 30"x36" minky infant blanket ($40) turns a slumbering babe into an adorable burrito, and 13"x18" one- ($20) or two-fabric ($22) pillows cozily cradle necks. A 36"x50" minky travel blanket ($60) keeps torsos toasty on chilly airplane rides or in front of open hotel refrigerators. For additional charges, each machine-washable minky blanket can also be personalized with an embroidered name, message, or presidential biography.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Time travel is easy. Or at least, this savvy team can stop time?freezing sentimental objects such as wedding flowers and baby clothes so they don't age. Suspended in Time offers many options for preservation such as a shadow box around a christening outfit or a table dome around a bouquet of flowers. They can even preserve wedding gowns with a 100-year guarantee, which should make it through any wedding reception's Macarena.