Fruit Basket Flowerland’s 20 acres of nursery space contain beautiful hanging baskets, annuals, and perennials. The nursery has seen those perennials bloom dozens of times since it opened back in 1949, and today the business has blossomed out to three locations. Home gardeners can peruse a huge selection of soil, fertilizer, and plants, or sign up for instructive gardening classes, which teach participants to care for their plants and to exterminate weeds without running afoul of weeds-rights activists. Fruit Basket Flowerland also houses a vast selection of patio furniture and three lines of Weber grills.
Minister Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill at the turn of the 20th century to support the unemployed immigrant population of Boston. He gathered unwanted household items and hired the immigrants to refurbish them for resale. Over time, the operation grew into a comprehensive job-skills training and placement program.
In the past 90 years, Goodwill Industries has played an integral role in communities nationwide by placing nearly 90,000 individuals into jobs. Each purchase helps fund programs that help people with barriers to employment find work, and the stores themselves serve as a training site for participants to gain work experience.
A seasonal store closing before the 2013 New Year, Cool Holographics packs its display cases with memorabilia ranging from die-cast stock cars to wind chimes and poly-resin dragon statues. On the wall, Betty Boop winks from various merchandise alongside plush portraits of Jeff Gordon and other stock-car legends. The selection also features fiber-optic displays, including glowing angels, as well as a variety of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Three Stooges merchandise.
The family that owns and operates Roberto's Pizza prepares savory pies and Italian dishes following their own time-tested recipes. Pizza options range from the BLT pizza with mayonnaise to the more traditional Sicilian pizza with ham, artichokes, olive oil, oregano, and mozzarella. Hot subs, fresh salads, and Mexican dishes are a few other specialties. For dessert, try an italian ice or cannoli made with fresh ricotta cheese.
Performance Plus Quick Lube's team of trained technicians is well-versed in the most common oil myths and uses that knowledge during regular oil changes to transform coughing engines into efficient, long-lasting, high-performance car-hearts. After expunging the contaminated sludge from the engine’s crankcase, the Performance pit crew enlists up to five quarts of Quaker State Enhanced Durability synthetic blend motor oil for a three-month (or 3,000-mile) tour of lubrication duty that eases piston pounding and traps engine dirt in suspended animation. Once they've installed a new oil filter, they'll top off the car's coolant, power steering fluid, and umbrella drink.