As winter thaws into spring, Jerry’s replaces its inventory of wood, kindling, and bird feeders with a kaleidoscopic spread of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. This cycle has perpetuated itself 53 times over at this year-round home and garden emporium. The one-stop shop carries an arsenal of gardening tackle that accompanies enough seed, mulch, and fertilizer to transform an empty lot into a time-share for vacationing Tarzans. Jerry’s crew—adept at land- and hardscaping—provides project consultations for those looking to spruce up patios and yards with their selection of fountains, birdbaths, and planters.
Indulge's owners and style gurus, Michelle Doucette and Laurie Verkins Nierengarten, travel the country in search of duds and accessories to stock in their boutique, which is open one week each month. Trendsetters don boho-chic tops with floral appliqués and fashionable graphic tees ($39+), including a blue tee printed with a winged peace sign and roses. A New York–imported shirt ($89) and a top with an off-center zipper ($39) camouflage bodies with blue-and-black mixtures of zebra, cheetah, and snakeskin prints, making it easy to snuggle unnoticed with various zoo animals. There is no more than six of each item in the store at any given time, and the boutique is also open during private appointments, parties, and Ben Franklin's daughter's godson's birthday every fifth year.
Divers as young as 12 years can learn to operate temporary gills in a Discover Scuba class at Scuba Center. Before you take your first dip, a PADI-certified instructor will give you a brief poolside orientation to ensure you are prepared for everything that blows bubbles ahead. Then from the heated comfort of Scuba Center's indoor pool, your instructor will teach you the tricks of the underwater breathing trade. All required scuba gadgetry is included with this Groupon; you just need to bring a swimsuit and towel.
Twin Cities Local Food transforms grocery shopping into both an online and local experience. Members log on to the virtual marketplace to peruse a variety of goods from more than 20 local farmers and producers, such as organic tomatoes, cow's milk cheeses, and whole-grain breads. Each product is source identified, so shoppers know exactly where their food comes from, how it was grown or raised, and what its first words were. After finalizing their food order, customers then choose a pickup location from one of nine nearby towns, such as Plymouth or Minneapolis, in weekly intervals during growing season, and bi-weekly during the winter.
It can be difficult to find a perfect wedding gown, a pair of jeans that strikes the right balance between style and comfort, or a clown suit with the same amount of polka dots as the letters in your last name. It can be just as difficult, however, to part with those garments once you have found them. With its prompt service and option for free pickup and delivery, Total Care Cleaners minimizes the pain of being without one’s favorite clothes. The professional cleaners can dry-clean or launder a wide variety of fabrics, including delicate leather and suede. Their expert repairs and alterations keep clothes fitting well, and their wedding-gown service removes stains while preserving cherished memories. When they aren’t restoring garments to pristine states or fixing holes in shoes, the team members travel across the Twin Cities for household cleaning jobs.
In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.