Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.
The home-objects experts at TLG Home Furnishings pack their showroom with a selection of name-brand gear for domestic dining, lounging, and sleeping. For convenient decorating, TLG lets customers choose their home accents a la carte or cart home a multi-piece-package bedroom or dining set. Customers can solicit the sage design wisdom of the in-store staff or utilize the company's Create Your Own Space online tool, which allows shoppers to sample endless furniture combinations and try out different styles of ottoman toupees.
The talented bloom buffs at Clermont Florist have assembled pollen parcels into eye-inspiring, nose-nourishing works of art for more than four decades. The Be Happy bouquet serves as face-fertilizer for sprouting smiles, snuggling yellow roses and daisy-spray chrysanthemums inside a ceramic smiley-face mug ($42.50, standard). Hardworking employees can profess undying love for their bosses with six red roses in a clear glass vase ($49.95, standard), and then immediately follow up with a bouquet from the I'm Sorry collection to ensure job security. Peruse the full library of budding bouquets on Clermont Florist's website to find an arrangement to suit any special occasion.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
A landscaper since age 17, Tom Hill applies decades of experience at Hoffner Nursery, his landscaping company and greenery emporium, as he beautifies homes and businesses alike. Hoffner’s services run the gamut from garden design to outdoor-fireplace installation to sculpting shrubs into the shape of Swamp Thing. Professional lighting services allow homeowners to make full use of their lawns at night, whereas paving helps make yard areas more accessible. Additionally, Hoffner Nursery stockpiles many lovely and useful greens, such as rose bushes and mint.