Creekside Garden Center's nursery and greenhouse specialize in unusual and hard-to-find vegetation that helps bring original style to clients’ yards. Liven up lawns with 4-inch annuals and perennials ($3.99+) in a variety of colors and styles, or pick up a hanging basket ($7.99+) for a lovely addition to a porch, deck, or rearview mirror. Trees ($34.99+) can provide a habitat for local wildlife, and shrubs ($9.99+) or evergreens ($9.99+) give yards some malleable décor. While browsing through the flora, customers can sit in a rustic wooden chair to ponder landscaping schemes and whether they could sculpt a series of shrubs into the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets in time for Sweetest Day on October 15. Edible Arrangements combines the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76–$86). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
Max 10 stocks a bevy of discounted brand-name apparel for men, women, and children. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Fubu, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season. Shoppers can snag wardrobe basics from myriad $10 clothing items, or opt for the higher-end ensemble pieces ranging from $12.99–$19.99 without sacrificing any innocent Bills from their wallets.
Rose Bowl Floral's artfully arranged fresh flowers help express emotions for a range of occassions. Creations can match whatever color or flower you've got in mind, and blossoming bouquets brighten celebrations from birthdays and weddings to the annual unearthing of new babies from the cabbage patch. Teleflora's Simply Sweet bouquet ($34.95+) spruces up a living room with soft yellow roses, miature carnations, and pink lillies, and a white tie boutonniere ($12.95) and an orchid wristlet ($22.95) formalize a prom held at a zoo. Pick up special arrangements such as a Fruits and Blooms basket ($42.95+) or Teleflora’s Fire Engine bouquet ($40), which bundles bright chrysanthemums and carnations in a classic, red metal fire-engine truck.
The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
At Play It Again Sports, knowledgeable equipment masters outfit athletes of all sports with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Nike, Callaway Golf, Adidas, Easton, and Bauer. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and secret laboratories populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate helmet, bat, or free-weight set. The shop also doles out cash or credit for trade-in gear, completing the ethereal circle of sports.