Creating A Scene's owner, Alaina Walker, works with clients to enliven indoor and outdoor spaces with custom displays of silk and live plants. The company's consultants arrange foliage and flowers into elegant centerpieces for weddings or other special events, and they can even supply plant party favors that guests can take home with them or devour on the ride home. The retail showroom mimics that of any other florist shop, save for the sheer variety of its inventory, which includes unique specimens such as pineapple plants. The company's healthy-plant guarantee ensures the longevity of purchases, and its plant-maintenance service sees the crew making regular return trips to local businesses to fertilize, water, trim, and polish rented plants and replace any that have wilted. Creating A Scene also donates funds through its Pick A Plant program, which awards 30% of each eligible purchase to a nonprofit of the customer's choice.
Disheartened by Tallahassee's dearth of fashionable children's clothing, Anne Erikson founded My Kids A La Mode boutique, which received a nod from Tallahassee Magazine's Readers Choice poll. Across gleaming hardwood floors, curlicued wrought-iron racks and sleek white shelves parade ensembles for babies, girls up to size 12, and boys up to size 10. Labels flaunt brand names including Deux Par Deux, Haute Baby, and Alphabet, whose threads identify important tykes like a direct phone line to Clifford. An assortment of playthings dapple a cozy children's play area, where a vibrant mural surrounds youngsters with a jungle scene of swinging monkeys and a prancing lion. Cheery staffers bundle items, many sourced from environmental textiles and dyes, for online orders with free shipping.
Ornate chandeliers illuminate an explosion of color inside Henri Girl Boutique, a fashion-forward boutique dotted with modern wares from an array of well-priced designers. Within the airy boutique, a prismatic display of this season's holiday dresses, patterned sweaters, and assorted jewels hang on mannequins who tote leather clutches filled with plastic packs of gum. The boutique also houses a variety of boots, light-weight knit tops, and jeans of every color. Stylish sales associates weave past these fashionable figures to help customers pick out a look, and fuchsia-colored benches cushion backsides as shoppers try on gold-hued flats or peep toe wedges.
Michael Sullivan, Goin' Postal's founder, has a mind for mail. This makes sense, considering the US Army vet managed sections of the military post office in Iraq and was a Distinguished Honor graduate from the Army's Postal Operations course. Since coming home in 2010, Michael has built up his business to provide postal packing and delivery services of all kinds. Included in these list of services is custom packaging for fragile items, freight delivery for large boxes and gift-wrapped elephants, and mailbox rental, among others.
Gold's Gym Tallahassee has provided a body-sculpting destination for fitness seekers for more than 20 years. Members take advantage of unlimited access to three locations, each sporting rows of free weights and cardio equipment--including True Fitness treadmills--as well as tanning services. For exercise in a group environment, instructors lead small class training such as Les Mills, while the cardio cinema immerses guests in a projected movie and surround sound as they sweat away calories on treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals.
The basket makers at Better Baskets and Gifts know how much people appreciate thoughtful gifts. They use their skills culling items such as gourmet chocolates, luxury spa products, gardening tools, and scented candles to build holiday baskets and themed baskets for occasions ranging from birthdays and baby showers to house-warming parties and bar mitzvahs. They have even donated baskets to silent auctions benefiting nonprofits and natural-disaster relief. The family-owned company also hand-delivers baskets to clients' loved ones throughout Tallahassee.