Under the guidance of founders Juan Hernandez and Anay Garcia, the professional landscapers at Sunnyview Landscaping keep home exteriors looking their best. In 2001, the company owned only a single truck and lawn mower. Today, it handles a wide range of services, including full-landscape construction, maintenance, and tree care. Landscapers leave lawns dappled in pleasant shade by healthy trees for summertime parties. In the winter months, homeowners can call upon the team to remove snow from driveways and sidewalks, which can be slippery or attract large groups of landscape painters.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
The floral-arrangement specialists at The Enchanted Florist aim to create tangible expressions for their customers' affections through thoughtfully designed bouquets and gift baskets. Well-versed in the language of flowers, they compose arrangements brimming with fresh-cut snapdragons, lilies, and roses for celebrating the birth of a new baby, expressing sympathy, or retrieving a safe combination from someone with allergies. For birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions, the florists fill wicker baskets with Ghirardelli chocolates, Columbus salami, and fresh fruit. In addition to bouquets and gourmet baskets, they craft table arrangements, boutonnieres, and other floral creations for upcoming weddings, using the couple’s budget and taste as a guideline.
The Center has welcomed kids onto its farm since 1936. It probably wasn't as much of a novelty back then, when Illinois was home to more than 220,000 farms and the U.S. government issued everyone a farmer's hat at birth. But that number has decreased steadily with each decade, dropping to just 76,000 by 2010, per the USDA. Which means that today, The Children's Farm at The Center gives kids and their families something increasingly special: the chance to experience life on an independent rural farm. Here, chickens lay eggs, goats give milk, and horses eat hay harvested right on the farm. The staff also leads tours of these grounds and explains how each animal fits into farm life. They even let kids pet some of the livestock before finishing up tours with a hayride.
For a completely immersive experience, The Children's Farm hosts summer camps for ages 3–17. During each camp session, campers live on the farm for days or weeks at a time, spending their days riding horses and caring for the animals.
Stocked with traditional and contemporary furniture styles for every space, Darvin Furniture's 130,000-square-foot showroom contains an expansive selection of sofas, beds, desks, and tables. Outfit your living room with a recliner by Lane Furniture ($299) and a 99-inch casual contemporary sofa ($749), or beautify your dining room with a five-piece casual dining room set ($499+), ideal for your family's annual watermelon-eating contest. Other items include a 100% leather sofa ($899) and a multi-faceted Broyhill queen platform bed ($499). Meanwhile, bed frames can be accessorized and blanket forts can be strengthened with mattresses from top-quality brands including Simmons, Serta, and Sealy.