Carlson Galleries illuminates homes with vintage and antique lighting from as far back as the 1830s. Its technicians restore and clean chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, and candelabra lamps. Carlson Galleries also outfits homes with antique furniture, fine art, and decor.
In ancient China, sky lanterns were used as a method of communication on the battlefield. Nowadays, at the lantern festivals celebrated in many countries, the floating objects are regarded as symbolic of letting go of your past self so that a new, better self can emerge in the New Year. Naturally, these beautiful ornamental lights have found their way into many celebrations with their thought-provoking beauty, including wedding ceremonies, gallery openings, and masquerade parties.
Chinese Sky Lanterns offers an expansive collection of handmade, biodegradable, and eco-friendly sky, water, and hanging lanterns. The lanterns don't require any assembly, and are made from flame-retardant papers in a host of vibrant and muted colours to match the look and feel of any celebration.
The petal pushers at Flowers to the People assemble sustainable holiday centerpieces with blossoms from local sowers or sustainable Californian and South American farms. Customers order personalized arrangements that showcase hydroponic roses, eucalyptus, orchids, and other specialty flowers to present to a loved one, accent a holiday buffet, or block Uncle Josh's cross-table reach for the gravy boat. Going the extra ecological step, the flower shop collects many of its vases and buckets from antique dealers and secondhand shops, or binds bouquets in recycled pint glasses, wine glasses, and mason jars. The environmentally sympathetic staff composts plant waste and repurposes packaging materials into solar-powered hot-dog cookers.
Today's side deal cleans up dirty dogs without the extra mess. For $12, you get $24 worth of self-service dog washing and five fresh baked treats from Four Muddy Paws. The Riverfront Times named the bark-worthy boutique the Best Dog Wash, and St. Louis Tails readers voted it the Best Pet Boutique, among other awards. A basic wash is $12, so you can bathe two pups, or come back a second time when your puppy gets muddy again, or you can splurge on the premium wash (includes cologne, $14) for extra dirty doggies. Redeem your Groupon at the boutique's Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis locations.
Since 1971, World Aquarium has stuck to its not-for-profit mission to protect marine life and promote the public's understanding of the aquatic world through educational programs, exhibits, and research. The aquarium unsurprisingly favors a hands-on approach; visitors often get close enough to high-five the flippers, fins, or pincers of many of its more than 10,000 animals.
Tour guides wind through exhibits on sea and freshwater animals, showcasing creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish from rivers and lakes around the globe. While peering into the faithfully reconstructed habitats, visitors absorb valuable information on how to conserve water, protect aquatic resources, and peacefully resolve conflicts between Siamese fighting fish.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers decorate albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in sweet flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to display their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.