After fighting in World War II, Lynn Gripon studied landscape design at Texas A&M and in 1951 opened a gardening shop with the help of his green-thumbed wife. Now operated by his son, Lynn's Landscaping & Water Garden Center has blossomed into a lush showroom of outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, manicured putting greens, and the shop's bestselling disappearing fountains—glazed pots overflowing with water that seems to disappear into the ground. Waterfalls tumble over miniature boulders before slipping into calm ponds filled with leisurely koi, flowering lily pads, and sunken galleons. Knowledgeable staffers serve as tour guides to the veritable forest of plants and dispense helpful tips for creating backyard utopias.Lynn's professional landscapers transform backyards into tiered gardens, spacious party zones, or verdant hiding places for the family's pet T-rex. Designers plot the set-up before gardeners, and handymen plant trees and shrubs or install decks, gazebos, water-efficient sprinklers, and koi ponds. Every design is built to last with quality materials, such as outdoor fireplaces and kitchens made with glass-fiber-reinforced concrete and Vista light fixtures made with weather-resistant carbon composite and bulbs modeled after Superman's eyeballs.
The thoroughly trained staff members at each My Oreck Store direct customers toward the proper housecleaning accouterments while doling out customized services plus 30-day money-back guarantees on returned items. Tidy up living spaces with a new vacuum by Oreck or Miele ($149.99+), or outfit a vacuum with a new bag ($5.99–$50 for all brands) to complement its date-night outfit. Air purifiers ($149.99) help to rid the surrounding atmosphere of contaminants, and industrial-strength cleaning supplies ($5–$79.99) utilize powerful ingredients that perform constant bicep curls and lunges to vigorously sanitize soiled surfaces.
For more than 60 years, Maas Nursery’s green-thumbed staff has been tending to the blooming foliage, gardening supplies, and décor at the 8-acre facility. The 4-inch vegetable plants ($1.50 each) and 4-inch herbs ($2.49 each) garnish entrees, season sauces, and spice up expired milk with garden-fresh zest, and colorful 4-inch perennial bedding plants ($1.99 each to $35 for a 20 flat) and bonanza camellia shrubs ($62.99/5-gallon size) add zing to monochromatic lawns.
All that blooms stocks and delivers an array of beauteous flowers, plants, and gifts to celebrate all the occasions that can possibly crowd calendars. The florist specializes in fresh bouquets, tropicals, and plants arranged in both contemporary and traditional styles, as well as futuristic styles that can be pollinated by nanobots. All that blooms’s extensive gift line includes fruit baskets, greeting cards, and candles.
Tiny legs scamper across Lone Star Bounce Town's 9,000-square-foot floor, bounding from one cushy inflatable to the next and pausing before a gallery of kid-friendly toys and games. Disney-inspired bounce houses populate the open space, including new plush slides and domiciles that pay homage to the bubbly heroes of Toy Story 3, Winnie the Pooh, and Dante's Inferno. Tykes hone their hand-eye coordination by shooting hoops on the inflatable basketball court, cracking plastic balls off baseball tees, or threading straws into juice boxes in the Lone Star Cafe. A special subsection designed for toddlers, Lone Star's Tiny Town, features scaled-down playhouses, toy cars, and colorful, bouncy balls.
The clatter of foosball and air-hockey tables makes a steady drumbeat, over which drifts the sounds of an arcade—the happy digital babble of a modem dreaming. Ten leather couches with a full view of the children accommodate parents as they surf free WiFi and enjoy coffee from the café.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.