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.
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.
The largest manufacturer and supplier of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint enables new-hue-craving customers to roll and brush fresh coats of luscious pigments onto formerly drab and dreary household surfaces. To reinvent interiors, several options await including the semigloss Wall Glow ($34.27/gallon) and the Velva Kolor ($30.59/gallon), with a less-reflective eggshell finish. Parker Paint also carries a selection of weather-scoffing exterior paints, such as the flat-finish Flextron 100 ($33.03/gallon) to help homeowners paint a realistic yet unflattering outdoor mural of the neighbors.
Instead of suppressing our dirt-dwelling flowery underlings, Grassi's has empowered them for more than 30 years through beautiful floral arrangements customizable to customers' wishes. Grassi's green thumbs offer floral arrangements in traditional, European, French country garden, and Oriental styles. Although this Groupon is good for in-store purchases only, you can take a look online at what Grassi's offers, including its seasonal bouquet of orange spray roses and a bright gerbera daisy with freesia and eucalyptus ($44). For a super-late (or super-early) Valentine's Day gift, opt for two dozen roses ($144.95). If you love oranges but hate that they're never available in flower form, choose the Citrus Sensation bouquet ($79.95) to quench your thirst for sweet-scented aromas. A bevy of other buds and blossoms are available at both Grassi's locations, so stop in for an eyeful of the efflorescence on display.