With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
Cedar Grove Equestrian Center’s experienced instructors corral up to five budding riders for one-hour introductory lessons, held seven days a week. Learn to brush, tack, and ride an equine within the center’s spacious, covered arena, surrounded by lush, verdant scenery and gangs of spying rodeo clowns. Cedar Grove’s friendly steeds help beginners gain confidence and perfect their horse dialect, and the center’s small class sizes allow for personalized feedback. Helmets and boots are provided at no charge.
Molbak's hooks casual gardeners up with a wide selection of flowers and the means to manipulate them. The spacious facility shelters rows of plant life—with new batches brought in daily from Molbak's 40-acre farm 3 miles up the road—then keeps them healthy with a clear glass roof that lets them bask in the sun's lustful stares. As the floral selection evolves throughout the seasons, you'll be able to spice up your lawn's stale sensory gumbo with a variety of annuals, perennials, trees, edibles, and houseplants. Flowers start at $9.99 and go as high as $119.99, and Molbak's growers will do their best to meet specific requests if you absolutely have to have that special flower to get past the Goombas surrounding your house. Deck horticultural halls with Molbak's myriad holiday plants and accessories. More than 35 varieties of poinsettias are available to lend a blushing brilliance to homes and haystack houses, while the nursery's 14-foot-tall poinsettia Christmas tree elicits tears of jealousy from mere evergreens. Other holiday goodies available for purchase and perusal include ornaments, tree trim, wreaths, and lights.
There's something for everyone at The Den Coffee House & Cafe, from the drip coffee connoisseur to the gluten-free pastry lover. Hot and cold drinks are prepared with care by the Caffe D'Arte-certified baristas, and guests can pick up whole-bean coffees or loose-leaf teas for home brewing and drinking. Pastries and other sweets are baked fresh daily, including banana bread, gluten-free brownies, and signature cookies. The Coffee House also hosts several different types of alternative milks including coconut and almond. Live music on the weekends provides a lively atmosphere without the help of caffeine or by switching out sugar for smelling salt.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Lawn renovation servicers
Pro Tip: Our overwhelming desire is to guarantee your satisfaction as we work to create a beautiful lawn
What makes your business stand out?
Our mission is to continually satisfy our customer's highest expectations for quality, service and integrity, to earn their trust and keep them coming back. It's a mission that we are proudly committed to renew each day when we open our doors for business. We specialize in full service landscape and maintenance services throughout Western Washington.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Because of the cool, wet winters that are experienced in Western Washington there is a huge need for lawn renovation services. Aerating, thatching, and overseeding lawns is necessary to get rid of the moss and to make a healthy lawn grow in in its place. I take great pride in taking an unkempt, moss-covered lawn, and turning it into the envy of the neighborhood.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to lawn renovation services we also specialize in taking care of the lawn after renovating it.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"I confess to letting the old lawn go last year and it was sure looking poor and neglected. We had moss, weeds and the grass became sparse and weak. This spring I hired Jeff at Growscapes and in only a few months of careful nurturing we have one of the best lawns in our neighborhood. It’s really lush and green. I just can't decide if it looks more like the infield in Yankee Stadium or Safeco Field." Tony J.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Having the neighbors approach me after seeing my work and asking me to take care of their lawn!