Home of one of the country's largest bonsai nurseries, Bonsai West features a sizeable selection of indoor bonsai trees, a gargantuan garden, and a staff of friendly instructors intent on spreading their specialized arboreal love. Dive into the world of tiny tree trimming with the Intro to Bonsai class, a 2.5-hour seminar that provides students with bonsai fundamentals and all necessary materials, including a tranquil bonsai specimen who won’t laugh if you hold your pruning shears backward. Under Bonsai West's expert tree tutelage, small classes of 8 to 15 students learn basic design techniques and how to care for their pint-sized plants. Bonsai beginners become proficient in applying moss, landscaping with rocks, and reassuring their diminutive flora that size doesn’t matter. Once the class concludes, newly graduated arboreal authorities get to take their bonsai trees home for further doting. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have been family owned and operated since 1995. We are a full service florist specializing in our customers' needs.
Of the products you sell, which are your favorites?
Flowers. If we don't have what you want, give us 24 hours and we can get it.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The love of flowers and helping people.
What do you love most about your job?
Working with my customers. During the happy times and sad times, flowers say it all.
Blanchette Gardens—a family-owned operation for the past 30 years—grows about 80,000 containers of perennials each season, supplying customers' yards with both exotic and classic varieties. Easy-to-grow coreopsis verticillata variations such as Crème Brulee, Moonbeam, and Zagreb (12–18", $6.95) thrive in sunny gardens and resist droughts on desert islands, and Carin eupatorium decorate moist soil with silver-pink blossoms (72", $8.95). When exposed to the sun, Pippi Longstocking's leafy twin, the umbellata bluebeard, sprouts freckles on its flowery face. Little Drumstick allium (8", $6.95) are also primed for planting, and can easily fill rock gardens with pale-purple blooms and, if squeezed, the scent of fried chicken.
The family staff at Dracut Appliance Center has been rounding up top-quality household appliances and electronics since 1949. National brands such as Maytag, Whirlpool, Sony, and Bosch headline the wide range of abode accouterments, including laundry machines and home-entertainment supplies. Sparkling new kitchen appliances—including ovens, refrigerators, and microwaves—breathe life back into culinary pastimes, replacing old ovens ruined by burnt grease and tally marks carved by gingerbread men. Dracut Appliance Center helps protect each device by extending the original manufacturers' warranties, and adept technicians can further fortify each machine's performance with professional installation and repairs.
Denault Studios helps the local art community to flourish, teaching guests to make their own artwork and showcasing the jewelry and fine art created by scores of local and regional artists. Three onsite studios—geared for fusing, flame working, and metals—house jewelry-making classes as well as kids' birthday parties. Experienced artists may also purchase private studio time.
iRobot's creations lend an invaluable hand in a wide range of situations, from military drills to spring-cleaning sprees. However, the company's most famous robot is the Roomba, a circular vacuuming robot that tidies up floors with remarkable self-sufficiency. Roomba models leave their charging docks and roll across floors to suck up dirt and debris. With their advanced sensors, they are able to scour entire rooms while avoiding obstacles.
Roomba's extended family includes the floor-scrubbing Scooba, the mopping Braava, the gutter-cleaning Looj, and the pool-cleaning Mirra. As for iRobot's other inventions, they help out with assorted business and security tasks, such as communication, reconnaissance, and heavy lifting. The company?which was the brainchild of a team of roboticists from MIT?has sold more than 10 million robots since its founding in 1990, and it continues to encourage innovation with both its products and its educational outreach programs.