Country Boy's Garden Center, equipping green thumbs with gardening supplies for more than 25 years, commemorates the fall season with an autumnal collection of outdoor and indoor foliage, largely sourced from local growers within a 60-mile radius. Gardeners can complement gushing lawn fountains and pools filled with pirate treasure by planting 8-inch ($6.59–$6.99) and 12-inch ($17.99–$19.99) chrysanthemums, which bloom for six to eight weeks during both fall and spring and infuse flower beds with seasonal colors such as red, pink, and lavender. Eyes comb through more than 70 varieties of pansies, including pansy packs ($2.59) and the aptly named Plentifall pansies ($2.99) that spread up to 18 inches. Meanwhile, the orange hue of pumpkins ($0.49/lb.) sparks memories of jack-o'-lantern carving, and a year-round Christmas shop unveils luminous holiday trees, nativity scenes, and poinsettias. Knowledgeable staffers sprout out of their pots to help visitors navigate through all the greenhouse's shelves and colorful hanging baskets. Before visiting the store, customers can browse the garden center's online plant-care guide for tips on picking colors and prepping soil for its new tenants.
It might be an understatement to call Kevin Brooks a "book lover." He began collecting, buying, and selling books in 2000 and kept at it until his library surpassed 70,000 titles. Originally known as "Brooks with Books," the store was eventually sold to another book-loving entrepreneur, Mark Johnson, who is now the president of Reedy River Book Company. The store still has a varied inventory, with a specialty in vintage books and used classics that are held to a high quality standard, as well as rare collectibles, such as first editions and copies of Goodnight, Moon signed by the moon.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes imagination-expanding art classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership allows you to take one class per week and attend unlimited open gym sessions. Additional benefits include discounts at the Gymboree clothing store.
Rings of smoke float through the air, ascending from fine, hand-rolled cigars poised in the hands of Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge’s patrons. Three large flat-screen televisions light up as guests recline on leather couches or lean against the full bar stocked with domestic and imported brews. In addition to cigars, the lounge serves a menu of American food for lunch and dinner, featuring burgers and fries, salads, and chicken wings marinated in freedom. Regular DJ sets, karaoke sessions, live jazz, and open-mic sessions tickle the ears of bar-goers throughout the week.
No one wants a piece of jewelry that’s identical to someone else’s. At Jewelry Discounters, the resident jeweler, William, makes sure his clients never have that awkward encounter. He works one-on-one with guests to design unique keepsakes or alter existing jewels. With more than 20 years of experience, he deftly fabricates pieces from white and yellow gold, platinum, silver, and stainless steel.
Six weeks. That's as long as it takes to transform a body from flabby to fit and a temperament from guarded to vivacious. That is, if you join The North Pole Dance Studio's Six Weeks to Sexy course. One pole-dancing class per week eases students into the workout while they gain not only muscle mass, but also sass.