M&T Christmas Trees supplies visitors with fragrant evergreens sourced from their family-owned farm in Mollala. Standing between two and 16 feet tall, the trees fill homes with nostalgic scents and brighten holiday scenes whether displayed bare with twinkling lights or purchased flocked in colored snow. Visitors can embrace the holiday spirit by petting a live reindeer and visiting Santa amid the sounds of Christmas music, and stock up for feasts with the company's range of Alaskan seafood.
In addition to being a 2010 Gold Key Grower, Engh provides florist services, workshops, and events. Today’s Groupon, however, applies only to in-store purchases of plants and supplies. Horticulturalists can stock up on vegetable pony packs ($2.99), individual premium annuals ($4.99), gallons of Martha Washington geraniums ($9.99), herbs ($7.99), and small hanging baskets ($19.99). Garden supplies for purchase include Black Gold earthworm mix ($7.99), peat moss ($17.99–$24.99), and black plastic pots ($0.19–$4.99).
From birthdays and family reunions to school functions, All In Fun fosters excitement at festivities with large inflatables such as Moonbounces, castles, and slides. They can also populate parties with a choice of 60 characters, such as Darth Vader, as well as performers such as magicians, clowns, and fortunetellers. All In Fun also offers extras such as face painting and balloon artistry.
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.
Sergei Gritsaev taught his first student to swing a saber more than 30 years ago in his native Ukraine. Throughout the course of those three decades, also Sergei progressed and went on to train the country’s national team for the world championships. Now, assisted by two other coaches, he hones Salt Lake City’s finest competitive and recreational swords folk at Utah Swords Academy. There, he teaches his students the art of manipulating fencing’s three classic blades: foil, épée, and saber. No matter the chosen blade, Sergei begins each course of study by focusing on footwork and vocabulary. After students learn to walk the walk and talk the talk, lessons progress to more complex blade techniques, including feints, defenses, and long-legged lunges.
For more than 35 years, Cactus & Tropicals has livened up sparse plots and reinvigorated depressed patios with a vast, verdant variety of cacti, flowers, and gardening gear. Focusing as much on sprouting seeds as fostering field creativity, the lush storefront boasts an elaborate display area showcasing high-end floral fashions. Winding catwalks guide buyers through crowds of leafy house plants ($3.95+), annuals ($1.79+), and a colorful gathering of orchids culled from around the globe ($16+). Growers with a history of prickly relationships with plants can learn how to care for a cacti garden ($1.95+ each), get paired up with an easy-to-please perennial ($4.29+), or adopt a well-behaved bonsai guaranteed to sit still during fussy grooming sessions.
What started as a project to decorate her home in high-end style using budget pieces turned into a thriving business for Finde founder Bonnie, who now teaches others how to refinish found furniture and sells hand-painted, sanded, and distressed pieces of her own. Under Bonnie's tutelage, a bulky entertainment center might become a bench with cubbies, an outdated desk might be chopped down into a mod end table, or a regular couch might magically transform into a davenport.