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 olive oil advocates at O'Live A Little unveil a collection of more than 45 olive oils and vinegars on tap for visitors to try before taking up flavor commitments. Condiment foodies taste their way across the globe, sampling extra-virgin olive oil plucked from Morocco, Greece, and regions throughout France and Italy. California-garlic olive oil adds pungency to slabs of steak, and mandarin-orange olive oil infuses Asian-inspired dishes with flavors fruitier than Carmen Miranda’s hat collection. Sweeten a bowl of greens with dark balsamic vinegars available in pineapple, tangerine, and fig varieties, or sprinkle salads with shredded up love letters. O’Live A Little’s helpful staff fields questions on condiments’ preferred uses and delicious recipes so that each drizzle reaches its toothsome potential.
If you traveled back through time and asked strangers for tours of their homes, you'd probably get a good idea of the aesthetic style prevalent in each era. But you could also gain that knowledge in a simpler way: by heading to South Windsor Antique Boutique, where owners Mary and Ken Langevin have been amassing antiques and refurbishing furniture for more than 10 years. They stock items from dozens of decades, with pieces from the 1800s as well as modern designs. In addition to nabbing larger furniture pieces, shoppers can add personality to rooms with artwork, collectible advertisements, and glassware by designers such as Waterford and Heisey.
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.