Though the aroma of fresh-cut flowers has drifted from its doors for more than 60 years, Earles Loveland Floral & Gifts has not been quite the same since 1993, when United Floral Industry School graduate Elizabeth Parker took charge of operations. The time-honored flower and gift shop has blossomed under her guidance, experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity that recently culminated in its winning the Reporter-Herald’s Reader's Choice award for best local florist in 2011.
Parker went to school for floral wedding design, and it’s no secret that her field of study has become one of the shop’s strong suits. Along with her dedicated team of florists, she can turn any wedding venue into a lush garden of bridal bouquets, corsages, and elegant reception centerpieces. The shop's everyday bouquets hardly suffer from comparison, bundling together natural, seasonal flowers in arrangements available for pickup or delivery by a well-trained swarm of bees. Before whisking away a bouquet of grab 'n' go flowers, peruse Earles's eclectic selection of gifts and household accouterments, which includes flower-print tote bags, beaded jewelry, and gel candles.
Outpost Sunsport bedecks decks with outdoor chairs, tables, fire pits, and accessories, as well as outfitting outdoor-action-seekers with sturdy gear. A Treasure Garden 7.5-foot push-button tilt umbrella ($225) affords loungers respite from a sun trying to foist its two scoops of raisins on anyone that will take them. On cool evenings, invite guests to repose in warmth radiating from an OW Lee Santorini fire pit ($1,750). Customers can also furnish themselves in sturdy gear, including a pair of Smith Polarized Evolve sunglasses for stylish sunlight deflection ($179) or a set of Fanning sandals by Reef ($48). This Groupon is also valid for any outdoor furnishings and apparel on clearance.
The dozens of plush mattresses that fill InnoMax’s vast show room call to customers like song-less sirens, enticing patrons onto their comfortable coils and springs with the promise of restful slumber. These dream-inducers support the lumbar with a range of fillings, including beds plumped by air, liquid, memory cells, and natural latex, which conforms to bodies and proves more hygienic and durable than a bed made of collapsed pizza boxes. Knowledgeable sales associates take stock of customers’ sleep styles to offer mattress suggestions or guide customers through InnoMax’s host of accessories including bed frames, sheets and comforters, and hardwood furniture.
A Touch of Glass, LLC guts gutters and de-gunks windows with eco-friendly products and quality tools from brands such as Unger and Ettore. By removing leaves and debris from gutters, skilled staffers help prevent leaks and allow roof canals to channel streams of rain or hummingbird tears away from houses. Inside homes, nontoxic cleansers strip smudges from windowpanes without harming children, pets, or furniture.
Fossil Creek Nursery assembles a bountiful assortment of traditional and out-of-the-ordinary plant species to drape homesteads in verdant wardrobes. Green-thumbed staff members and inspirational ideas aid plant selections, helping at-risk shrubs ($29.99–$36.99 for 10.44L pot) find a new life donating oxygen to your mouth. Mixed hanging baskets ($29.99–$44.99) avoid grounded pests and errant moonwalkers, and assorted herbs and vegetables ($1.99+ for 2.25" pot) save a trip to the market and enliven home-cooked meals with garden-fresh produce. Meanwhile, perennials ($4.99+ for 4" pot; $11.99–$25.99 for 8" pot) reanimate themselves year after year to repeatedly beautify front yards and invite new neighbors to dead-end hedge labyrinths. Fossil Creek Nursery also houses six acres of different tree varieties, ranging from container sizes to 3" Caliper trees, in addition several types of fruit trees.