Rome's Landscape's winter-abating wizards remove all traces of snow from driveways, sidewalks, and steps with their seasonal or single-use snow-removal service. Once 2 inches of snow blow across the ground, technicians drive over to clear cement surfaces of the slippery crystals that inhibit strolls, drives, and three-legged marathons. Season-long services provide unlimited plowing or snowblowing for four months, keeping surfaces clear and friction-friendly all winter.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 creations brainstormed by a husband-and-wife team, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pasta dishes and fresh salads.
Country Apple Orchard was established in 1984 and opens its arboreal doors to eager pomme pickers every year in the middle of August, staying open through late October. Thirteen varieties of crisp, juicy apples sweetly seduce orchard visitors, and today's Groupon lets you hand-select the contents of your own 10-pound satchel. Connel Red, Fireside, Sweet Sixteen, Regent, and Cortland apples are vibrant and crisp, just right for snack seekers, pie makers, and children who need extra incentive to get good at playing catch. Haralson and Haralred apples tout tongue-tickling tartness, making them marvelous in cold-weather desserts and when paired with feather earrings. If you're seeking an apple that's as sweet as an apple pie all on its own, track down a tree of Jonathons. An afternoon at the orchard makes a wholesome autumn excursion ideal for families, outdoorsy friends, and curious proto-humans. Approximately 6,000 fruit-bearing trees make up the orchard, flaunting a diverse body of flavors.
Browse through the blossoming botanicals at Country Garden for a floral arrangement snipped to order for any occasion. Perk up an uninspired cheerleader with a Teleflora be-happy bouquet of yellow roses and daisies in a smiley-face mug ($39.95) or give an awkward teen something to fumble around with before prom with corsages and boutonnieres in various colors and sizes. Star-crossed lovers and legally bound marital partners can exchange a romantic arrangement of a dozen premium red roses ($69.95) or give the gift that gives until it's consumed with a gourmet fruit basket ($79.95).
An affordable and mountainous selection of goods lines Traditions Furniture and Design’s spacious confines, making it an excellent location for a swashbuckling sword duel. Closely inspect a variety of cocktail tables ($299+), mirrors ($139+), and artwork ($200+) before pondering how they’ll fit inside a bicycle basket on the ride home. Peruse the selection of uncommon furniture pieces gleaned from around the world and accessorize domiciles with bookends ($39+) and a trio of vases ($249+). Additional items span the spectrum of home wares, including mattresses, outdoor furniture, flooring, lighting, area rugs, windows, bedding, and more.
Though Ace Hardware, first established in 1924, has evolved from its humble roots into a global network of more than 4,600 storefronts, the franchise manages to maintain a neighborhood vibe. Of course, it helps that local business people run each independently owned store. Area residents Jason Melcher and John Niederaue man the counters of Brandon Ace Hardware, where they offer a full inventory of tools and appliances from manufacturers such as Black & Decker, Craftsman, Scotts, and Weber. It’s no wonder do-it-yourselfers flock to the store for home-project essentials, whether they’re refurbishing a bathroom, maintaining a small backyard garden, or exorcising stuffed animals. In addition to dealing at-home equipment, the Brandon store also offers a variety of more specialized services, including small-engine repair, paint-color matching, and glass cutting.