A third-generation florist, Timothy Snelgrove has spent years training flowers to work together in colorful, cooperative arrangements. The Burst of Joy bouquet bundles carnations, delphinium, and waxflower into a phantasmagoric thank you to maternal units for not trading you to the doctor for a Barry Bonds rookie card ($49.95). The Basket of Cheer's rustic basket of pink spray roses, daisy poms, and carnations will speed the healing process for any malady from the sniffles to a head transplant ($49.95), and the Dashing Daisies captures a summery yellow valentine inside a glass bubble bowl ($34.95).
The staffers at The Landlocked Dog don't put sugar into dogs’ birthday cakes. To cater to doggy palates, they only use all-natural ingredients such as bananas, honey, carrots, and peanut butter, though they can still spell out the name of the birthday pooch in icing. They also handcraft treats for their store's brand, Sophie's Seabiscuits, shaping delectable morsels into hearts and ladybugs. They concoct seasonal bites for the treat-of-the-month club, which gives pups two half-pound bags of incentive to do their owner’s laundry.
Their dedication to wholesome pet care extends beyond gustatory rewards, however. The boutique stocks fashionable collars, leashes, and grooming products tailored toward specific ailments, including odor and itchiness. Their selection of calming music—composed specifically to put dogs at ease—fosters peaceful car rides, in which pups aren't compulsively changing the radio station. At doggy daycare, small packs can frolic about the cozy and comforting setting while their owners check in via webcam.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.
Winner of the 2010 Connecticut Florist of the Year award from the Connecticut Florist Association, Paul Buettner Florist creates inspired and creative floral arrangements for every occasion. Let the floriculturists stimulate the senses with the FTD Holiday Rose Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens ($49.99), the FTD Share My World Bouquet ($42.99), or the FTD Basket of Dreams Arrangement ($47.99). Those celebrating the birth of a new baby can pick up the lily-packed FTD Starshine Bouquet ($34.99). With Buettner Florist, pedal-seekers can find an arrangement to say various well-wishes, including “happy anniversary,”, “get well soon,” “sorry I crashed the Wienermobile into your house,” and “congratulations”. All orders are online or by phone and must be placed 24 hours in advance. Local delivery costs $10 extra.
Brewing wine or beer at home can seem daunting, similar to growing your own food or bathing your own toddler. But for nearly 40 years, the hoochmasters at Brew and Wine Hobby have been making that dream a reality. Besides supplying everything a casual enthusiast needs to get started fermenting, beer and wine enthusiasts lead educational classes that cover chemistry, ingredients, brewing techniques, and how they all affect the final product.