Green Acres's experienced staff educates customers on an arboretum of flowers, trees, fruits, and grasses suited to the local Zone 2b prairie climate, as well as tools, decor, and pre-planted arrangements ready for display. Annuals, like ill-conceived new years resolutions, bloom and survive for only one year—creating colourful crops of zonal geraniums and New Guinea impatiens ($6.29 for 5" round). Seedling geraniums ($10.99 for six), red fountain grass ($5.29), and gallons of tumbler tomatoes ($8.99) outlast even the luckiest goldfish, and assorted perennials (starting at $3.99 for 3.5" round) step stylishly into the ring for multiple rounds against the seasons. Greenery gurus can also lead customers through rows of bedding plants grown from cuttings, including growables from acclaimed plant brand Proven Winners.
Peppers houses an eclectic mix of chef-level gadgets, cutlery, and cookware to launch patrons' quality culinary explorations. As customers graze the shop's lustrous shelves, knowledgeable staff stand by with useful advice on selecting the optimal pepper mill ($12.99+) for seasoning dishes or the perfect Microplane zesters ($14.99) for transforming lemons into lemon shoelaces. Handcrafted Le Creuset cast-iron pots ($175+) hail from France and simmer recipes in chip-resistant, retro-coloured cookware, and Henckels knives ($40+) slice fodder with lightweight serration. Gently squeeze out savoury flavour with a Zyliss garlic press ($24.99), or celebrate an adolescent potato's first shave with a brand-new Good Grips peeler ($9.99). Peppers also enhances dinner presentations with Emile Henry stoneware ($9.99+).
The friendly and knowledgeable technicians at Innovative Heating & Cooling focus on safety while servicing and installing all makes and models of HVAC systems. After every installation, a manager inspects the technician's work, walks customers through the new system, and teaches them how to turn it on without waking the weatherman living inside. When they aren't tweaking temperature changers, they also service plumbing and electrical systems.
Profiled in The Successful Contractor, Jim Gregg and his team of plumbing, heating, and cooling technicians have helped keep homes cozy for 25 years, dispersing experts in a fleet of 25 vehicles. Able to service more than 1,500 energy systems including solar panels on the Death Star, heating specialist conduct in-home, 21-point furnace tune-ups and safety inspections that include calibrating the thermostat, inspecting pipes, and testing pilot safety systems. Services also include checking belts and bearings as well as inspecting ductwork before advising homeowners how to achieve optimal heating based on each furnace’s current condition. By bettering home heating efficiency, the tune-up may also improve indoor air quality by inhibiting the circulation of airborne toxins such as allergens, inorganic compounds, and tobacco-smoking bacteria. Every tune-up is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.